Experience Online Missionary Training as a Cohort

We have found and research shows that missionary training is most effective when it is done in the context of a missional community. Doing missionary training in a group allows for more spiritual growth as everyone shares what they are learning and brings more experience and insights to the class. It also provides more accountability as people can spur one another on to finish assignments. Doing training as a cohort also gives opportunity for participants to apply all the principles as people go on mission together and put into practice what they are learning through the classes. That is why our first preference for people to be equipped would be for students to come to one of our in-person missionary training schools for a holistic experience learning from veteran missionaries and missions experts.

However, since not everyone can drop everything to come to one of our existing locations, we want to make it possible for people to start missionary training cohorts in new locations. 

Our online missionary training school is completely flexible and can be used in many different contexts:

  • A team headed to the mission field together could dedicate itself exclusively for five to 12 months to go through the online missionary training school together as they raise support.
  • Teams new to the mission field would benefit by completing select modules so that it uses a shared vocabulary, works through team dynamics, develops a shared philosophy of ministry, etc. 
  • A missions organization could use the curriculum to train its staff members to serve cross-culturally now or in the future.
  • A small group or church missional community could complete the program over one to three years depending on the pace.

We at GFM are convinced of the value of groups going through the online MTS modules/program as cohorts rather than individuals. For that reason, we offer any group of five or more persons who are willing to complete the entire 20-module program together a 50% discount (the Global South program price). 

One person in the group must be designated as the leader and we will provide instruction, coaching, encouragement, and direction via phone, email, and zoom throughout the process. The leader has the freedom to design the structure of the study program and supplement GFM instruction with other materials, if desired. The cohort leader is allowed a great deal of flexibility to decide, for example, will the group meet multiple times each week/month and go through parts of the curriculum as a team? Or, will students watch videos and do assignments on their own and then come together as a group in order to share what they have learned? How often will  the local church or group leader complement the material with times of prayer, worship, Bible study, accountability, etc.? Will each student do individual ministry in the local community, or will twos or threes go out together to complete the required ministry hours for each module?

We hope that some of these satellite sites and cohorts for the missionary training school may develop into entire future GFM locations in new cities. Contact us if you have more questions about starting a new missionary training cohort in your local church or city.

Listen to the Founder and Executive Director of Global Frontier Missions, Grant Haynes, explain how local churches can start their own missionary training programs.