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What Is the Master’s Commission? Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
This video of Gov. Palin speaking at her former Pentecostal church in Wasilla, Alaska has sparked a healthy number of news stories from major media outlets such as The New York Times and National Public Radio, not to mention in the blogosphere.
Despite all the quotes being pulled and examined, I was unfamiliar with the phrase “Master’s Commission” she uses to address a group of students at the service. The Website for the Master’s Commission in Wasilla states:
"Master’s Commission Wasilla Alaska will give you a creative opportunity to set yourself aside for 9 months by becoming a 24/7 ministry student, where you will be launched on a journey To Know God And To Make Him Known. This Foundation will carry you for the rest of your life regardless of where you go in God.
During your time at MC:WA you will be trained and matured in the prophetic gifts, prayer and intercession. You will experience worship possibly like you never have before. You will be involved in evangelism in many different forms from illustrated sermons to one on one street ministry.”
From watching their promotional videos and reading some other literature, Master’s Commission programs across the U.S. have some variation when it comes to curriculum and schedule, but these full-immersion ministry programs train young men and women (generally 18-25 years old) by emphasizing the memorization of Scripture, prophesying, community service, and spreading God’s word and converting people to be followers of Jesus Christ. The ministry program in Wasilla sees the state of Alaska as a land of “divine destiny” and a center for a new great awakening and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in which the state motto (“North to the Future”) is a prophetic indicator:
"Alaska is a mission field within itself, it has over 200 distinct people groups and most can only be reached by air. Flying only a few hours out of Wasilla is like flying to another country just because of the great culturaldifferences within the different parts of our state.”
I’m curious to know more about these types of ministry programs and their impact. I’d love to hear better detail and some personal experiences. Help?
For the last several years, we’ve presented a vast swath of Evangelical Christians who may not be so easily lumped into the voting bloc that’s often been identified with the Religious Right. The way that these voices read the Bible and live out their faith lead them to think or prioritize political and social issues differently than the previous generation. And their votes may run across party lines. One of those voices was Shane Claiborne, who Krista first interviewed last fall and then, more recently, spoke with as part of a panel conversation at the National Pastor’s Convention this spring. We knew that he was popular among younger Evangelicals, but more fully realized his growing superstar status when we witnessed the crowds, the cheers, and the many people asking for his autograph and picture. As the November elections approach, CNN recently picked up on his growing influence for this report, which they featured on their home page.