Research indicates that people who are properly trained enjoy greater satisfaction on the mission field and stay there longer than those who are not adequately trained. Missionary Training provides the necessary Head (knowledge), Heart (character), and Hands (skills) for each student to launch out as healthy cross-cultural servants.
We believe that the best ministry training takes place in the context of a team and in a community setting. This is why the Global Frontier Missions intensive five month missionary training school in Atlanta, GA or Richmond, VA is our preferred method of equipping cross-cultural laborers. However, we understand that not everyone can drop everything to come to these cities to get equipped, which is why we have made our training available online.
Global Frontier Missions (GFM) has always taken a holistic approach to raising up laborers as we focus on the head (Bible knowledge, missiology), heart (character, spiritual formation), and the hands (cross-cultural skills, on-the-job training). We feel like the best way to grow in the heart area is through life-on-life discipleship and living in community while the best way to grow in the hands area is to actually do cross-cultural ministry while being mentored.
While the online missionary training school primarily addresses “head knowledge,” some modules focus specifically on the spiritual health and growth of the missionary as well as language learning, acculturation, and storytelling skills.
Online MTS encourages “heart change” by means of facilitators for certificate and degree program students, or through a local church/institute for those in the Self Study or Global South options. For the latter, we highly recommend study clusters and/or a local church cohort in order to foster more life-on-life discipleship and accountability.
As for the “hands” portion of the program, both certificate and degree students must complete 12-15 ministry hours per module locally and submit a report concerning their time spent in cross-cultural ministry. Applicable ministry hours can be serving in your local church, community, schools, outreach events, home groups, or time investing in getting to know people from another culture to develop relationships. These hours can be a combination of time with individuals or groups, informal and formal. For example, a student could attend an ethnic church that speaks a different language, participate in outreach events, visit stores and eateries from other cultures engage in conversations with the staff or patrons to build relationships, tutor students from other countries, “adopt” a local refugee family, etc.