Our Madison 2.0 Initiative
Our students are getting excited! Our Madison 2.0 initiative is underway.
This term, Hartland board member Jesse Zwiker, director of Hyve International, has been teaching a core curriculum class on missional entrepreneurship. He’s introducing a framework that allows Adventist young adults to combine their calling to mission with their professional goals and need for income.
Meanwhile, the Biblical Hermeneutics class and the Digital Ministry Fundamentals class have been collaborating to learn how to produce an engaging online series on Jesus’ parables. Gaining experience in using media for evangelism is essential for ministering to this digital generation.
If ever there was a time for skilled self- supporting missionaries, it’s now. But without solid training in the Bible, a profession, business principles, and missionary work, our young adults’ potential for service may not be fully realized.
Our Educational Rationale
The current educational system in the world is in a major crisis. College debt is at an all-time high. Education has become hyper-theoretical, primarily focused on reflecting other men’s thoughts, and not taking God’s plan of salvation into account. That system isn’t effective in preparing young adults for a life of service.
Based on these problems and the biblical and Spirit of Prophecy perspective, we believe there is a better model—the Madison model. Madison College offered a wholistic practical education that prepared students to be truly self-supporting missionaries. At Madison, students could graduate debt-free, raising their own tuition through running 27 different campus-based businesses. Madison’s program enabled its students to be effective missionaries, both at home and in foreign lands, sharing the three angels’ messages worldwide.
Ellen G. White declared that if other Adventist schools would follow this model, “we as a people would be a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men…” (PH 119 2.2). Madison became a testimony to the world of the effectiveness of truly applying a Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education.
Our Madison 2.0 initiative delineates Hartland’s vision to become a modern Madison College following the most distinctively Adventist educational model, combining soul-winning training, solid academics, practical skills including agriculture, and student-led missional business enterprises in a 21st century setting. This program will enable students to be modern self-supporting missionaries (or “missional entrepreneurs”) and to graduate debt free. We envision a vibrant campus with modern facilities serving mission-minded students onsite and online, working on self-supporting projects, serving the community.
The Four Pillars
How do we implement this model? All elements are divided into four pillars: Mission, Skill, Personal Growth, and Entrepreneurship (see graphic below).
We have the staff in place, the facilities in development, and the spiritual commitment to educate the next generation of students to accomplish great things for God. By faith, we are moving forward to fulfill the dream that God has placed in our hearts. This is where you can help.
We need an additional $500,000 by the end of the year to keep Madison 2.0 moving forward on our campus. This initial half-million dollars will enable us to begin 2023 in a strong financial position.
Would you pray about what God wants you to do for Hartland before the end of the year?
Do you have a burden to see the work of God finished? Would you like to see hundreds of young people prepared to share God’s last-day message with the world?
Your sacrificial gift right now will make an enormous difference. We are stepping out in faith. Please join us with your prayers and financial support. Thank you for being our partners in ministry!
Sincerely yours for a finished work,
Norbert Restrepo Jr.
President, Hartland Institute