The purpose of Matteson Mission School is to train and qualify people to become full time missionaries. Thus the school is committed to giving young people a profound experience, providing them with the motivation, knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to choose a life of surrender to God and active soul winning. It is our goal that our graduates become resources for existing ministries or instrumental in starting new ones supporting the Seventh-day Adventist Church, preparing people for Christ’s imminent return.
To facilitate this vision we offer a course with five components, forming a balanced education:
Bible – It is the foundation of all teaching
Evangelism – Is the natural result of studying the Bible
Leadership – Educating masters, not slaves of circumstances
Health – The right arm of the gospel
Agriculture – The ABC of education
We have chosen the maple seed as our logo because it is dynamic and a symbol of growth and reproduction. It flies away from the mother tree and in turn will start a new tree. Our mission has been clearly communicated to us in the Bible, and it is to reach out to the whole world with the gospel. We have chosen to make this ambitious goal to be our own.
We have recently become LIGHT accredited, which opens many doors for mission work. The students will be able to be part of organizing and leading out in a month LIGHT training course, as well as taking advanced training at other affiliated institutions.
“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world!” (Education p. 271)
Pastor and educator Gunnar Gustavsen had been motivated by the quote above for a number of years, and when he was the literature secretary in the Norwegian Union, he started forming training programs for literature evangelists and others who wanted to engage in personal evangelism. At the same time the young theology student Kenneth Jørgensen, with some friends, were inspired by spending their Christmas break studying Bible prophecies and gathered the next summer to do door-to-door literature evangelism.
In 1986, these two men’s visions for Bible, mission and young people were united and this formed the beginnings of Matteson Mission School.
The school has developed over the years, from sporadic courses and mission projects in local churches to the school program as it is presented today, in permanent facilities provided by the Granheim Foundation, established in 1991 in Mysen, Norway. Over the years the elements that constituted the program from the beginning have been developed; the one-year program for 12 students and events throughout the year, gathering large groups of youth.