What is a Missionary?

“Missionary” comes from Latin missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending, …" noun of action from past participle stem of mittere "to send," (Online Etymology Dictionary).  It has been used to describe those who have followed Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations”.  As our name implies, we believe that we are called to impact the world of sport with the message of Jesus Christ on a global basis.  The concept of being a missionary is not just in being sent but in the manner of being sent. Throughout its history, MAI has relied on God’s provision for its staffing needs by faith.  Prospective MAI staff members must be able to evidence God’s calling on their lives to be involved in sports ministry through MAI. One aspect of demonstrating this calling is to go through the process of raising financial support for the ministry.  MAI is a faith support mission and candidates must be willing to raise sufficient support to cover the costs of their salary, health insurance, personal expenses and administrative overhead. The process of raising support can be rigorous and time-consuming, but we believe that the benefits of seeing God’s faithfulness of providing for one’s needs through a group of committed prayer and financial supporters cannot be experienced in other methods.  

MAI provides a unique environment for sports management, business management, sports ministry and ministry students to learn the practical aspects of operating a non-profit, faith-based minor league sports organization. Students from Cedarville University, Chowan University, Liberty University and Messiah College have all completed internships as part of their degree requirements. For a current listing of Summer Internships, please contact the Charlotte, Chicago, and Los Angeles Offices directly.  

The Charlotte office offers a one-year internship for its Urban Eagles program.  Interns experience cross-cultural ministry in an urban environment by living in one of the ministry neighborhoods and participating in relational ministry by assisting with coaching an Urban Eagles team.  For information on the Urban Eagles Internship program contact David Sanford.