GO: Extended Term – Step 3: Train

Depending on the term of your missions work (whether short, long, or life term), the appropriate training will differ. The amount of learning and practical prep for a two week trip should by nature be hugely different from what’s necessary for those leaving for a permanent residence in another nation or culture. Wherever you decide to receive the training you need, put your all into it. There are many resources available which will not only save you months or years of learning things the hard way but will also save you from making many mistakes which can do damage and limit the effectiveness of your ministry.

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Suggested Training

Depending on the type of mission work and the term of service, MSC Canada strongly recommends that mission workers prepare themselves for the mission field by receiving quality training. Here are some recommended training options:

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Missionary Orientation Program (MOP)
Jointly run by MSC and CMML (US).

MOP helps to prepare those considering the mission field, or recently commended to missionary service overseas, to be effective once they arrive on the field.

Seminar topics include:

  • The Role of the Missionary Among Nationals
  • The Biblical Perspective of Missions
  • The Missionary Call & Guidance
  • Service Organizations & Final Preparations
  • Relating to Other Cultures
  • Language Acquisition & Aptitude
  • Missionaries’ Lifestyles on the Field
  • The Disciplined Life
  • Cross-Cultural Evangelism Methods
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Stewardship, Accountability & Commendation

Click here to learn more about MOP.

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Located in Toronto

MissionPREP offers two courses in particular that will be of interest to potential or commended mission workers: IMPACT (Spiritual, personal, interpersonal and cultural aspects of the missionary experience) and PLANTS (Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Tools & Strategies).

Mission Training International (MTI)
Located in Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA

MTI offers two courses in particular that will be of interest to potential or commended mission workers: SPLICE (Preparation for Entering a New Culture) and PILAT (Program In Language Acquisition Techniques).

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Emanate Training
Located in Durham, Ontario

Emanate, a ministry of Ethnos (formerly New Tribes), provides training in a series of three 18-week semesters beginning in August of each calendar year. During Emanate training you will be equipped as a cross-cultural church planter or for a role supporting church planting. Instructors are experienced missionaries who are passionate about teaching field-proven methods that are constantly updated to remain effective.

Suggested Reading

Good books to work through as you think about sending mission workers.
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Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural IntelligenceDavid A. LivermoreLink
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- And Cold-Climate CulturesSarah A. LanierLink
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural WorldDavid A. Livermore & Chap ClarkLink
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor And YourselfSteve Corbett & Brian FikkertLink
Father of Faith Missions: The Life and Times of Anthony Norris GrovesRobert Bernard DanntLink
Essentials Of Missionary ServiceFleming KennethLink