Online Missionary Training School Curriculum

The Online Missionary Training School (OMTS) consists of 20 different missions courses/modules plus a few different electice courses. Each module focuses on one main topic: the articles, books, Bible studies, and videos reinforce that principle theme throughout. Students can enroll in individual modules for personal development or to meet training requirements of a church or parachurch sending agency through an “a la carte” approach.

Students who complete the entire 20 module OMTS can earn a GFM certificate of training with a transcript or College credit through one of our partner organizations. Click on each module below to read through the descriptions below to determine if certain modules interest you or if you would benefit from the entire missions training program which is highly recommended. We encourage students to proceed in the sequential order that the modules are listed as they often times build upon each other and some refer back to lessons learned from previous modules.

You will receive the teachings that drive everything we at GFM do (biblical basis of missions, state of the world, the kingdom of God, unreached people groups, 10/40 window, disciple making movements) as well as a missions primer from the renown Perspectives in the World Christian Movement course. We will also explain the moodle system for assignments, required ministry hours, and the other aspects of the Online Missionary Training School.

This course will be talking about death to self as it is a major theme in the New Testament.  Jesus said that anyone that wanted to gain their life must lose it and that anyone that did not deny self and take up their cross could not be his disciple.  Paul said that it was no longer he that lived, but Christ in him and that he died daily.  This good news is much different than the self-centered gospel that often gets presented in Christian circles.  We will talk about Cat (man-centered) vs. Dog (God-centered) Theology and the importance of being dead to self in order to know God’s will and accomplish great kingdom purposes.  We will also be talking about the motivation of missions and focusing on God’s glory.

This missions course focuses a lot on inner healing from past hurts, problems, lies, identity issues, and sin struggles.  We as missionaries must allow the Son to set us free in order for us to be able to free others up as well.  We will be going through a self inventory, so that we can “forget what is behind and run towards what is ahead”.  We use a truth based counseling book called Bondage Breaker which has helped a ton of people find freedom and deliverance.  A strong focus is knowing what the Word of God says we are in Christ as opposed to what our parents, peers, the world, ourselves, or even the enemy says about us.

During this course, we will be talking about different language learning styles and techniques such as LAMP (language acquisition made practical) and the growing participator approach (GRPA method). We will also look into some basic anthropological principles and differences in cultures to help you become more effective at communicating. We will discuss different worldviews such as guilt/innocence, honor/shame, as well as fear/power dynamics and how that affects the way we share the gospel and do discipleship. We will also talk about contextualization versus syncretism and how the Gospel and culture relate.

It has been said that “nothing happens apart from intercessory prayer”. Prayer is the backbone of the missionary and is a universal element of every revival and church planting movement throughout history. We must learn how to “watch and pray” both listening and asking with boldness as we pray according to His will. As we spend time with God, our heart begins to beat as his heart does and we begin to rejoice with the things that make him rejoice and be broken for the things that break his heart. This missions course is all about intimacy with God (abiding) and changing the world through prayer.

A lot of this course is dedicated to helping people discover their S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual Gifts, Holy Discontent, Abilities, Personality, and Experience) which is instrumental in discerning what specific role God might be calling you to in this task of making disciples of all nations. However, this course isn’t just about self-discovery and honing in your sense of calling. Studying personalities, spiritual gifts, and reflecting on the good and bad experiences the Lord has allowed us to go through make for a great ministry skill to make disciples and equip the saints to walk out the call God has for their lives. Learning good people skills and how are wired will help us become more effective at reaching out to the lost and discipling people into the fullness of Christ.

This course is focused on evangelism. We will tackle questions such as: What is the gospel (good news) that we are preaching to the nations? Should we focus more on relationship evangelism through friendships or preaching the gospel to strangers every time we have a chance? Is fear, judgment, and hell an okay motivation to come to Christ or should we focus more on how great God’s love and mercy is and the promises that are in store for those that come to him? What is the purpose of the law in bringing people to Christ? We will also study and learn different Gospel presentations and weigh those against different sermons in the book of Acts.

During this course, we will be talking about the importance of being an emotionally healthy missionary. Transition, grief, culture shock, trauma, time management, and burnout are just some of the very real situations that most ministers will confront. This week is full of assessments and tools that will help missionaries do a better job of self care taking care of their bodies, minds, and emotions so that they can live a long, fruitful and healthy ministry on the field.

During this missions course, we will be hearing from some of the greatest leaders in the church today.  Everyone on the mission field is a leader in some capacity whether it is with supporters back home, other people on your team, or the people that you are trying to disciple.  We will be talking about the laws of leadership, the character/heart of a leader, pitfalls of leadership, etc.  This course will be sure to take you to the next level in leading those above, under, and beside you. We will also talk about elders, deacons, and church leadership structure.

This course focuses on the Holy Spirit and the supernatural power that God gives to complete the Great Commission. There are a lot of questions that come up during the missionary training school such as “how do you know when it is time to persevere vs. when is it time to wipe the dust off your feet” or “how do you know if you’re supposed to go to the 10/40 window or work a secular job and support indigenous missionaries”. A lot of these questions really don’t have an answer other than “ask God” or “the Holy Spirit will show you”. So, this week is dedicated to studying the person of the Holy Spirit: his filling, his fruit, his gifts, his character, his role in salvation, the Trinity, etc. Jesus said not to leave Jerusalem without the Holy Spirit because he would give us the power, direction, strength, counsel, and words we need to fulfill the Great Commission.

This course focuses on the spiritual warfare that many people will experience in ministry and how to be prepared both defensively and offensively to come against the works of the enemy. Most missionaries have many tales of the reality of spiritual warfare overseas, so we want to prepare our people for battle as they take the gospel to places where it has never been preached. We will also be talking about the authority that we have in Christ as well as the importance of submission to human authorities that have been established by God.

Guy/girl relationships on the mission field are very important. There are unique challenges for singles as well as married people. This course will talk about male and female lust and how it differs as well as how to walk in victory in that area. We will talk about romantic relationships as well as some of the differences between “his needs” and “her needs”. Several of the videos also focus on how to have a healthy marriage and biblical manhood/womanhood. Our families are our first mission field, so we need to make sure that things are in order there before going and taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. We will also talk about homosexuality and gender roles and how those topics might affect missions.

The purpose of this module is to discuss the universal elements of Church Planting Movements (CPMs) and Disciple Making Movements (DMMs). There are places around the world where people are coming to Christ in droves and churches are being planted very rapidly. We want to learn some of the New Testament principles that are being used to see these types of movements to Christ. We will talk about reproducible discovery Bible studies, obedience based discipleship, leadership development, elephant vs. rabbit churches, etc.

This course focuses on stewardship of finances. We will compare what this world teaches concerning money versus what Jesus taught his disciples about the kingdom view of riches. We will also be talking about the Biblical basis of raising support for missionary efforts and tips on how to go about vision casting and “friend raising”. We will also cover topics such as budgeting, staying in touch with supporters, giving, etc.

During this course, we will tackle the number one reason that people leave the mission field: not being able to get along with other missionaries! We will talk about different conflict styles and how to resolve conflict biblically. We will talk about where conflict comes from, how important it is in our sanctification and growth, and how to deal with it properly. Peacemaking is an essential skill for anyone wanting to serve in a ministry context. This course will help give missionaries the skills they need to have healthy relationships on their mission teams and with local believers.

During this course, we want to give our students an overview of the major world religions (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Animism). Many of our students are working cross-culturally with people from these religious groups in the US during MTS and many are hoping to reach out to them after graduation as they go to serve in the 10/40 window. We give a whirlwind tour of each religion talking about where they came from, what their basic beliefs are, and some tips on reaching out to people from these backgrounds. There is a heavy emphasis on Muslim outreach and many of those principles can be applied to other religious groups as well. We will also talk about the idea of contextualization and what it looks like to present the gospel, make disciples, and do church in a way that makes sense to people from different religious backgrounds.
During this course, we will talk about the most effective way to share the gospel with people of oral or non-literate cultures. We will talk about the power of storytelling and how chronological storying has been an effective tool in many missions contexts. We will also look at a lot of different audio and video resources that are being used overseas to disciple the nations. Storytelling is a tool that is being used all over the world in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

This missions course takes us on a journey of discovering the universal principles of revival and community transformation. As we study moves of God throughout history and throughout the world, there are certain themes  that are evident in all of them. We will also talk about viewing the world holistically rather than dividing the sacred and secular and what it looks like for the kingdom of God to impact all parts of society (business, government, education, entertainment, arts, etc.). We will also look at real testimonies of God transforming whole societies across the globe in our generation.

The purpose of this course is to discover the importance of the social gospel and mercy ministry in the missions world. Most organizations and missionaries are moving to a more holistic approach of reaching out and helping with both physical and spiritual needs. Poverty, injustice, trafficking, immigration, and other topics will be discussed as well as the importance of incarnational living. We will also look at some practical ways to help developing nations with their physical needs such as solar cooking, drilling wells, community gardens, etc. There will be a heavy focus on how to help and empower the power without creating dependence or having a “Messiah complex”.

This course focuses on what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus in the context of community. What would it have been like to be one of the original 12 disciples? What does it look like to be a disciple of Jesus in the 21st century?  What did the biblical community look like in the early church? What should it look like today? This course will also introduce simple reproducible tools to help build community and to encourage every believer in the body of Christ to be a disciplemaker.

Electives

This course is focused on giving students a good overview of the Old Testament. It is important for cross-cultural laborers to appropriately be able to handle God’s word and teach others to do the same. So, having a good grasp of the Old Testament is essential for those wanting to work overseas. Having a strong understanding of key characters, events, geography, as well as cultural, political, historical, and religious context of Old Testament times will be pivotal in grasping the Bible.

This course is focused on giving students a good overview of the New Testament. It is important for cross-cultural laborers to appropriately be able to handle God’s word and teach others to do the same. So, having a good grasp of the New Testament is essential for those wanting to work overseas since part of our Great Commission is “teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded us”. Having a strong understanding of key characters, events, geography, as well as cultural, political, historical, and religious context of New Testament times will be pivotal in grasping the life of Jesus and the early church.

This course focuses on How to Study the Bible and Hermeneutics (Bible interpretation). It is important for cross-cultural laborers to appropriately be able to handle God’s word and teach others to do the same. In this module, we will be talking about the difference genres and literary styles of the Bible, things to be aware of when reading Scripture, some of the major themes throughout the Word, etc. This course is very practical as well since we will be doing inductive Bible studies, character studies, Discovery Bible Studies (DBS), etc.

The purpose of this module is to give practical tools and practices for implementing Church Planting Movements (CPMs). The online MTS program already has a complete module on Church Planting Movements (CPMs) and Disciple Making Movements (DMMs). That course focuses on the New Testament principles behind movement whereas this module gives very practical tools to implement during the entry strategy, evangelism, discipleship, church formation, and leadership development. Almost all of the material for ths course comes from NoPlaceLeft and Four Fields / Training for Trainers (T4T) methodology.