Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Service

The BLESS program is an innovative graduate-level, missional education program that combines experiential, cross-cultural learning in or from the biblical lands with rigorous academic inquiry. BLESS is offered by Eastern Mennonite Seminary in cooperation with Mennonite mission and service agencies and is designed for enabling and equipping a new generation of emerging church leaders who have a vision for the future church, compassion for the world, and a passion for cross-cultural engagement.

All of the study options are offered with maximum flexibility designed to be included in a mission or service assignment, or for those who are not in the position to study in traditional seminary programs. BLESS especially suited for:

  • New mission or service appointees, interns, and others on a mission or service assignment.
  • Young adults interested in both seminary study and mission or service but not ready for residential or full-time seminary study.
  • Urban pastors scattered across the USA.
  • Seminary students desiring cross-cultural study in the biblical lands.
  • All others interested in intensive, experiential, non-traditional seminary study options.

For more information contact Linford Stutzman at or by telephone at 540-432-1714.

BLESS partners with:
Virginia Mennonite Missions’ tranSend program
Eastern Mennonite Missions
Mennonite Mission Network
Nazareth Village
The Jesus Trail

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