Training Missionaries

Principles and Possibilities
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Missionaries must know God, be able to relate well to other people, understand and engage with another culture, and be able to use the Bible in a way that informs all aspects of their lives and ministries. Missionary training must address each of these areas if it is to help Christians to be effective in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Effective training has been shown to prevent people from prematurely leaving the field. It also reduces the danger of cross-cultural workers uncritically exporting culturally bound forms of Christianity. This book details four key areas that every missionary training program, whatever its context, must focus on developing. It shows how these can be holistically addressed in a learning community where trainers and trainees engage in cross-cultural ministry together.

  • ISBN: 9780878085477
  • Pages: 371
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents


  1. The Need for and Purpose of Specialized Missionary Training
  2. Experiencing God
  3. Using the Bible
  4. Engaging with Culture
  5. Relating to People
  6. Building on Past Experience in Missionary Training
  7. Applying Biblical Principles to the Process of Missionary Training
  8. Steps in Designing Missionary Training
  9. Putting the Steps Into Practice: A Case Study
  10. Implementing Missionary Training

Appendix 1 Units of Competency
Appendix 2 Pre-Field Program—Sample Weekly Timetable
Appendix 3 Ethnographic Questions
Appendix 4 Learning Language and Culture: Performance Criteria and Evidence of Competency
Appendix 5 Seminar Outlines

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