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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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:
Missionary Orientation Program (MOP)
Jointly run by MSC and CMML (US).
MOP helps to prepare those considering the mission field, or recently commended to mission service overseas, to be effective once they arrive on the field.
Seminar topics include:
- The Role of the Mission Worker Among Nationals
- The Biblical Perspective of Missions
- The Mission 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
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).
Missionary Training Centre
Located in Durham, Ontario
The MTC provides training in a series of three 18-week semesters beginning in August of each calendar year. During MTC 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 books: (all links go to Amazon.ca)
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- And Cold-Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David A. Livermore and Chap Clark
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor And Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Father of Faith Missions: The Life and Times of Anthony Norris Groves by Robert Bernard Dannt
Essentials Of Missionary Service by Fleming Kenneth