Once the questions are answered, it’s time for the church to PREPARE to send this worker out. Involve others in the preparation process. Plan out how you will commend them for the Lord’s service. Help the candidate evaluate training options, navigate the logistics, and so on. Let MSC help you to develop connections with the believers at the worker’s destination, sort out international travel and customs, set up the financial support lines from home to the field. Support your worker as they receive their practical and/or language training, as they get ready to cross cultural chasms. Whenever possible, find ways to ensure that the worker gets the practical training they need.
Please review the training options and book list below. Help prospective workers discover their best options for training and preparation.
Continue reading – STEP 3: COMMEND.
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 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
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).
Cross Training Global
Located in Toronto
A cooperative program administered by MissionPREP that works in partnership with Bible colleges, mission agencies, and evangelical churches, equipping Christians for ministry in cross-cultural contexts.
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