We would like to take this opportunity to fellowship with you a few important matters regarding your preparation to come to FTTMY. Whether you are still in secondary school or in college or university, you should take these points seriously if you plan to attend the FTTMY at some future date.
- Your reasons for coming to the training.
You should not join the training simply because you had once told yourself that you would come, or because your friends are coming, or because your parents or serving ones want you to come, or because you need to "fix up" your spiritual life. While these may be good intentions, you must first and foremost possess a personal desire, no matter how weak it seems, to be perfected to be a living, functioning, and overcoming member of the Body of Christ for the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose. In other words, you must have a heart to be trained. You should not come to the training just to "put in your time" or to "look good" in front of other saints. The FTTMY is not only a place of enjoyment and the rich experience of Christ and the Body, but also of discipline, exposure, instruction and correction in the Lord. Its goal is high and its standard uncompromising because it is a training in the Lord's recovery under the ministry and according to God's economy. Although the benefit one can reap from it is unlimited, it is not meant for everybody. This training is for those who are seeking and desirous to be trained. Having said that, we are still strongly persuaded that there is no better place for a seeking young brother or sister to be, after their college or university graduation, than in the full-time training!
Living your life with the training in view.
If you intend to join the full-time training some day, we encourage you first of all to hand yourself over to the Lord for this purpose, that is, to consecrate your life specifically to Him and His will so that the training has priority over all other objectives. Such a consecration is in the principle of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). It will surely be honored and remembered by the Lord. Second, sanctify your life style from worldliness for the sake of the training and do not be conformed to this age. In particular, avoid any personal involvement or relationship with members of the opposite sex. Third, thoroughly immerse yourself in the church life right now wherever you may be. Like a plant nursery, the church life is the special environment that preserves and nurtures you humanly and spiritually, preparing you for the full-time training phase of your life.
- What you must read before you come.
In addition to getting a mandatory college or university degree, it is strongly suggested that you must have, at a minumum, read through the following books before you can enroll in the FTTMY:
- The entire Bible once (the Old and New Testament Recovery Version, preferably more than once)
- The All-Inclusive Christ--Witness Lee
- The Economy of God--Witness Lee
- Young People's Training--Witness Lee
- Basic Lessons of Life--Witness Lee
- A Young Man in God's Plan--Witness Lee
- A Brief Presentation of the Lord's Recovery--Witness Lee
- The Basic Revelation in the Holy Scriptures--Witness Lee
- Character--Witness Lee
- The Glorious Church--Watchman Nee