Curriculum

The online missionary training school consists of 20 different missions courses/modules. Each missions course focuses on one main topic and the articles, books, Bible studies, and videos revolve around that principle theme during that entire module. Students can register and enroll in individual modules or take the entire 20 module program to earn a Bible degree. Read through the descriptions below to see if certain modules interest you or if you would benefit from going through the entire missions training program. We recommend that students go in the order that the missions courses are listed below as they often times build upon each other and some refer back to lessons learned from previous modules.

This is our free sample course. During this missions course, we will be exposing you to our foundational values, history, ministry philosophy, etc. You will get the teachings that are the backbone of everything we 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 overview with some of the basic teachings from the Perspectives in the World Christian Movement course. We will also be explaining the moodle system, assignment, ministry hours and the other aspects of the online missionary training school.

This missions 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 times 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 missions course, we will be talking about the importance of understanding the culture and worldview of the people to whom you are ministering.  We will emphasize bonding to the culture in which you are trying to minister and following the incarnational model of Jesus (becoming one of us in order to reach us).  We will also talk about the importance of learning language and some of the differences between warm and cold climate cultures.

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.

God has uniquely made each one of us for His glory.  This course helps you discover your temperament, spiritual gifts, love language, strengths/weaknesses, etc. Understanding how God made you often times can help people discern a sense of calling and what it is that the Lord may want you to do to further His kingdom. Studying these things will not only help you understand yourself, but it will help you understand others as well which is a great ministry skill.  It is essential on the mission field because ministry really boils down to relationships. So, we will learn how different people are wired so that we can better work with other ministers and be able to be more effective at reaching out to the lost.

This missions 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? What are the minimum requirements of salvation? Did Jesus and Paul preach two different messages?

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.

During this missions course, we will be talking about Hermeneutics (Bible interpretation) and doing an overview of the Old and 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.  We will learn to do inductive Bible study as well as Discovery Bible Studies (DBS).  There will be a brief overview of each book of the Bible as well as information about geographical, historical, and cultural context of the Old and New Testament.

This missions 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 missions 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 stories 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 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. 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.

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 missions course focuses on stewardship of finances and raising missionary support.  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.  Another topic will be the pros and cons of supporting indigenous laborers.

This missions course will be talking about discipleship and providing students with some great, reproducible discipleship tools. We will focus on what it actually means to be a disciple of Jesus and to go out and make other disciples of Jesus. There will be a large emphasis on the importance of community for spiritual growth and how the body of Christ is the best context for discipleship. We will also look at the cell church model and house church paradigm of ministry as a model for healthy life on life discipleship.

During this missions 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.

During this missions course, we want to give our students an overview of the major world religions (Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism). 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 them. 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 the local people.

During this missions course, we will talk about the most effective way to share the gospel with people of oral or non-literate cultures.  We will discuss 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, so we need a good understanding of this resource.

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 and principles that are evident in all of them.  There are no formulas to seeing God move in this special way, but we can learn a lot from studying how God has moved in the past and how he wants to move again.  We will also look at real testimonies of God transforming whole societies across the globe in our generation.

The purpose of this missions course is to discover the importance of the social gospel 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.