Training Resources for churches, teams, individuals
Compilation of topics on specific ideas for engaging in cross-cultural missions.
These are actual courses to help engage in more in-depth training to equip with tools for cross-cultural work at home and internationally. These can be done individually or as a group, including discipleship, exploring missions, and training mission teams.
Mission Trip Training Course– This is a 7-session online training that is starting to get wide-spread use in churches. It can very helpful in getting folks ready for a trip, and it gives you the ability to track their progress. Be sure to create a group for your church so you can administer it. https://imb.pathwright.com/library/mission-team-training-rev/about/
Explore Missions (https://imb.pathwright.com/library/explore-missions/about/) – This is a six-week course that gives a thorough overview of missions. It consists of five sessions per week for six weeks (total of 30 sessions), so it will be like taking a short course online at a community college. This would be great training for lay leaders as well as people preparing to serve for a summer or semester overseas.
Deepen Discipleship (https://www.imb.org/topic/deepen-discipleship) is an intensive and interactive discipleship process (6 months) that we ask churches to use to train prospective missionaries. As you can imagine, it gets at the understanding and lifestyle that prepare Christians for both local and global disciple-making in the context of local church community.
Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions – Book – Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Helping Without Hurting – Video Series on YouTube – These might be used in team training in helping develop a healthy perspective for “helping” those in need.
Dependency – Missions Round Table Video presentation presenting stories, concrete examples and case studies illustrating how easy it is to develop dependency.
Books: Helpful for church mission teams, teams, task force
Foreign to Familiar – Sarah A. Lanier
Serving with Eyes Wide Open – David A. Livermore
Before You Go – Jack Hempfling