20 Priorities for 2020 | #5 : Train More People to Serve on the Mission Field
One of the ways in which World Outreach trains more people for missions is through the Nations Course. Here is an overview of the course and some FAQs:
Do you feel called to make a difference in the nations, but don’t know where to start or what to do? Or, perhaps, you feel ill-equipped to relate to people of other cultures? Maybe you’re in mission service, but need to sharpen your skills. If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Nations Course could be the answer.
What is the Nations Course?
– It is a six-week, residential, full-time course designed to equip you for effective cross-cultural ministry, whether short or long term, in your own nation or abroad
Who is the course designed for?
– People considering missionary service
– People already serving on the mission field
– People working among other cultures in their own community
– People considering serving in short-term mission abroad
– Cross-cultural communication
– Animism and Mission
– Culture and language acquisition
– Cross-cultural church planting
– World religions
– Mission strategy
– Missionary life
– And much, much more.
Why do the Nations Course?
– will equip you with the skills to reach people from other cultures
– The lecturers are highly experienced missionaries with a proven track record
– The course is taught using adult-learning principle
– The course is mission-focused, cross-cultural, and practical.
– The course can significantly reduce the time needed to reach maximum effectiveness.
– A short-term investment of just 6 weeks could reap a lifetime of fruitfulness in cross-cultural mission
How is the course structured?
– It runs over six weeks as an intensive from Monday to Friday each week
– There are five hours of classroom time a day plus reading and assignments
– The comprehensive, intense structure of the course maximises value in the shortest possible time, while maintaining a focus for effective mission service
– The course is usually run in a live-in environment, where participants and trainers from multiple cultures can interact and share common experiences as the course unfolds. This has been one of the success factors of the course in the past.
When is the next course?
2021 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The 2020 course has been postponed due to COVID-19.
For details and costs click here.
What impacted me on the course was “the humility and homely nature of the trainers. They are very warm and concerned about the welfare of everyone… T’was great being here, because God was here.” – Joseph Otieno, Kenya, 2019
“I often thought, ‘I wish I had this training and information before I was on the field or during the time I was on the field. I could have understood things much better – and made less mistakes.’”
– Marina Prins, South Africa, 2019
“The Nations Course did not shy away from the ‘realities’ of cross-cultural ministry life. This helped me greatly to think through my own vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and areas that need further development.”
– Alastair McColl, New Zealand, 2019