Cross cultural training and preparation

Miles Jarvis| 27 Oct 2016

We have a big vision in Commission - to see thousands of lives transformed through hundreds of churches in tens of nations. 

Part of reaching for that vision is to equip and release an army of people who are willing to go to places and nations where Christ is not known. 

How then do we send people in Commission?

Over the last couple of years I have been working with a rolling team of very gifted, experienced and pioneering individuals and couples. We've been putting together a Standard of Care for how we aspire to recruit, train, prepare, send, support and return overseas workers.

SoCThis is accompanied by a series of booklets for individuals/couples to work through - right from exploring an initial call, through to working out the practical detail, to thriving while away, and returning (if they do!). 

There is a huge amount of resource out there too, which we signpost to - after all - we don't need to re-invent the wheel!

This is more about defining the standards we want to work to - to equip leaders, those being sent, and those leading teams into new nations. 

We discuss a wide variety of key subjects including setting up a home support team, putting together a budget, children, security, health and stress management, and how to send well from a local church. 

It is a must-read for any Commission church leader or any individual/couple wanting to live overseas under the care of a Commission church.  

 Here's a bit more information about each of the booklets:

  • Explore: Through asking relevant questions, this booklet will helps the individual begin to understand and unpack whether God is calling them to be involved in cross cultural mission.
  • Prepare: Preparing well to go on cross cultural mission is essential. This booklet provides more in-depth questions about the preparation process, helping build authentic relationships with the leaders in your sending church.
  • Go: This booklet helps the individual think through some of the practical detail from developing a home support team to preparing a budget, with handy checklists to make sure nothing is forgotten.
  • Thrive: In order to thrive it is important to remain accountable to the country team leader, sending church and apostolic oversight. This booklet is designed to ask key questions to see how things are going and to help keep on track.
  • Return: Returning to the home country can be challenging regardless of how long one has lived in a different culture. This booklet will helps through the transitional process of returning and moving forwards.  

We hope this will be a great resource for anyone considering cross cultural work or for helping equip those who are sending. 

If you want to find out more, including how to order the Standard of Care or any of the booklets, contact us

 

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