Welcome to Nigeria Evangelical Missionary Institute
The National Training Centre for All Nations
NEMI is the mission training arm of the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA), an organization that spearheads the mission thrust of the church in Nigeria. NEMI was established as a joint mission training Institute for NEMA member agencies and church denominations and has been preparing cross-cultural missionaries to bring in the harvest since 1986.
To serve the body of Christ in Nigeria and Africa by providing practical mission trainings that make prospective missionary candidates spiritually formed into the image of Christ and equipped for effective service in God’ mission across cultures.
To see the unreached and unengaged peoples and places in Northern Nigeria, North Africa and the Middle East engaged and discipled by Christlike and competent missionary graduates from NEMI.
NEMI was founded as a result of the vision of late Bill O’Donovan, an SIM missionary, who saw the need for the specialised training of Nigerian missionaries. While he was teaching in a Bible school, he met many well qualified Nigerian Christians with a strong sense of God’s call to be missionaries. They did not know where to get cross-cultural training without going to Britain or the United States.
In 1982, nine missions formed the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA). Two years later, at the suggestion of O’Donovan they decided to organize a training school for Nigerian missionaries as a corporate venture. NEMI operation commenced fully in 1986 and till date has been committed to cross-cultural training of prospective missionaries for frontier missions.
NEMI has a unique status as a foremost joint mission training institute in Nigeria. Over thirty years ago when NEMI was established, only one or two mission training schools were in existence in Nigeria. Today, although several denominations and mission agencies have grown and have established their own mission training programmes, NEMI still maintains its relevance as a non-denominational mission training Institute and continues to add value to several mission agencies and church denominations both in and outside Nigeria, that have yet to develop their own mission training programmes.
Since inception, NEMI has trained over six hundred missionaries from several mission agencies and denominations in Nigeria and a few from its neighbouring countries who now serve in strategic capacities in few countries of Africa.
NEMI currently has the following assets in her permanent site – 4 hectares (10 acres) of land where the institute is currently situated; an administrative block with 5 offices, a board room, and a prayer room; a classroom block with three compartments; a students’ dormitory which houses 25 trainees; four flats for resident staff and guest facilitators; and a borehole (deep fresh water well); and 2 electric power generators.
NEMI is affiliated to the Bethany International University (BIU) Singapore, and enjoys the goodwill of Centre for Graduate Studies, Minneapolis, USA, with the provision of relevant books and trainers thereby enriching its Bachelor of Arts Programme.
NEMI training is geared towards whole person transformative learning through a three-part curriculum as follows: “Head – Heart – Hands,” where “Head” signifies cognition/thinking (knowing and doing), “Heart” signifies emotion (feeling/attitudes), and “Hands” signifies relating as shown below:
NEMI offers practical mission training whereby
- about 30% of the time is given to spiritual and character development of trainees – heart (this happens through personal and corporate devotions, flock groups, corporate fasting and praying, games, work duties, etc.),
- about 40% is given to developing the missionary trainees’ thinking or mind – head (this happens through both formal teaching – reading in the classroom and library, and non-formal practical training in animal husbandry, crop production, building, computer appreciation, etc.), and
- about 30% is given to developing the missionary trainees’ ability to relate across cultures. Adult learning usually takes place in the context of community, so this is achieved through creating an appropriate context for learning in the classroom, hostel, field trips, field practicum, local church/ NEMI relations, etc.) – hands.