Missionaries--Training

GUIDELINES FOR MOBILIZING CHINESE BI-VOCATIONAL KINGDOM WORKERS FOR THE NEWLY OPENING BELT ROAD COUNTRIES

Author
R. Strickler D.Min.
Abstract
The project set out to discover guidelines for how to best prepare Chinese bi-vocational Kingdom Workers to work and live missionally wherever God leads them. Of particular interest to the emerging missions candidates from China are Muslim peoples spread throughout the countries aligned with the emerging Belt Road Initiative.

A review of international marketplace ministry and business as mission practices was undertaken. The project research focuses on a sample of existing Chinese-led Business as Mission enterprises. Interviews were conducted with ten different Chinese executives or owners, located in seven different countries, including China proper.

Information on why companies chose to locate in an area and how the leaders were prepared, was elicited. Some correlation was made as to how the Chinese BAM companies conduct their businesses compared to the international BAM movement.

There was convergence between the two streams, and at the same time several distinct issues and opportunities emerged for the preparation of future Chinese workers. Among these are: solid teaching on the theology of work for both candidates and senders; the need for life-on- life discipleship training prior to going out; for those inexperienced in BAM or marketplace ministry, the recommendation for apprenticeship with an existing company prior to being deployed; and, the opportunity for Chinese BAM companies to capitalize on emerging green technologies.

The findings from these interviews provides material that will be used by the writer, his agency, and partners, in the preparation of bi-vocational Kingdom Workers. This will help new appointees they are coaching to live and work most effectively as they answer the call to go to unreached peoples in the newly opened Belt Road countries.

PRE-FIELD ORIENTATION AND TRAINING OF FGM MISSIONARIES

Author
David Selvey D.Min.
Abstract
A lack of cross-cultural training in the secular and religious sectors has contributed to attrition of valuable workers who are engaged in cross-cultural contexts. Until the twentieth century, the impact of cross-cultural factors on the effectiveness and efficiency of international workers was not a serious consideration in the English-speaking world.

Mission agency training remained somewhat static until end of the twentieth century when several studies reported on missionary attrition factors and multi-national entities began to evaluate their losses due to cross-cultural issues. ReMAP and ReMAPII collated much data on missionary attrition, identifying several factors as preventable. Several of these factors pointed back to potential weaknesses in preparation and screening missionary candidates for cross-cultural work.

In response to this problem, this study presents the need for missionary Pre-Field Orientation and Training (PFOT) and lays a foundation that includes biblical, theological, historical, and practical reasons. The research includes ancient and current literature as well as case studies of the Pre-Field Orientation and Training programs of three major evangelical mission agencies.

The study produced a PFOT plan for Faith Global Missions that utilizes current technology and educational methods. The work includes the process of plan development, evaluative input from missionary trainers and training experts, PFOT subjects, and pedagogy that may be useful to Faith Global Missions and other missionary training organizations.

Researching cross-cultural communication theory to equip short-term mission teams from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary serving in rural India

Author
William Boyd Guy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research cross-cultural communication theory to equip short-term mission teams from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary serving in rural India. The emphasis of this project was to utilize cross-cultural communication theory as it pertains to ministry in the rural-cultural context of Indian villages. The need exists to equip individuals serving on mission trips to rural India for effective cross-cultural communication for which few models currently exist. This project begins with the project director’s research an ends with the development of curriculum to meet this need. Due to time constraints, the results are outside the scope of the project.

Mission Strategy of Chinese Urban House Churches

Author
Yunhong Xuan D.Min.
Abstract
This paper introduces the theory of ecosystem into missiology for the first time, and it puts forward the theory of mission ecosystem. The so-called theory of mission ecosystem refers to the healthy interaction among mission-driven church, mission-driven leaders, mission-driven disciples, missionaries, and mission strategies which form a system in world missions, thus establishing a complete mission ecosystem.
This paper emphasizes that God is the source of power in the entire mission ecosystem. Just as the energy of the natural ecosystem comes from the sun, the energy of the mission ecosystem comes from God. Missionary God is the core of mission, the driving force of mission, and the essence of mission. Missionary God is like the engine of the mission ministry. Only God-centered missions can receive a constant supply of missionary power.
This paper emphasizes that in the engineering of the mission ecosystem, the establishment of the mission-driven church, the cultivation of mission-driven leaders, the training of mission-driven disciples, the dispatching of mission-driven missionaries and the formulation of mission-driven strategy form a complete mission bio-chain. When the influence and interaction between them achieve a dynamic equilibrium, it enables effective world mission.
This paper provides strategies for establishing mission-driven church, cultivating mission-driven leaders, training mission-driven disciples, dispatching mission-driven missionaries and formulating mission-driven strategies.
Key Words: Mission Strategy, Missionary God, Missional Church, Missional Leader, Missional Discipleship, Missionary.

Preparing mission volunteers in order to maximize a church planting partnership in the United Kingdom

Author
Sammey D Lindsey
Abstract
The purpose of this research project is to develop training material for instructors and sessions that equip Mobberly Baptist Church mission team members for ministry with the Heritage Church planters of Preston, England. The researcher observed the need to prepare mission volunteers while living in England for five months by witnessing young people in economically depressed communities, networking with social organizations and discussing social and religious issues with British citizens. Likewise, the researcher analyzed statistical data, books and commentaries for insights into the status of British Christianity, the biblical basis for missions, spiritual preparation and evangelism for service in England.

An Integrative Model for Sending Exogenous Missionaries to the Middle East and North Africa Through Relational Diaspora Missions

Author
Brian Hebert
Abstract
The purpose of this archival research is to design a model for sending exogenous missionaries to the Middle East through practicing relational missions to diaspora Arab Muslims. This qualitative dissertation utilizes interdisciplinary archival research integrating theology, history of mission in the Middle East, diaspora studies, and anthropology to assess the role of relational networks in sending exogenous missionaries through diaspora ministries to Muslims. Arab culture operates on a web of formal and informal relational networks. A number of historical and contemporary cases demonstrate that relational networks exist and have provided the bridge for transnational movement for secular and missional purposes.

Developing and Implementing Biblically-Sound and Missiologically-Informed Training for Young Adult Short-Term Missions for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Author
Glenn E Russell
Abstract
This project centered around the examination and exploration of the biblical and missiological foundations for short-term missions. Subsequently these were applied to four short-term mission trips to Honduras and Lebanon. Notably the project constituted the first field research on Seventh-day Adventist short-term missions trips, with encouraging data. Participants responses identified specific behavioral and attitudinal changes regarding continued volunteering, tutoring, changing majors and career goals, and increased involvement in the local congregation.

Developing a training resource to equip Filipino church planters in persecution contexts

Author
Joel M Turner
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research the persecution of evangelical Christians in order to develop a resource for Filipino church planters in the Sulu Archipelago engaging the Tausug people group. The two phases involved in meeting the project goals were that the project director extensively researched persecution and then developed an applicable training resource. The professional goals of this project were to increase the project director's knowledge of persecution and to increase his skill in developing a training resource. Expert evaluators validated the project. The project director will use the produced training resource to equip Filipino church planters to understand and appropriately respond to persecution.

Equipping short-term mission team-leaders for effective misison trips

Author
Edsel Dureus
Abstract
The author identified and researched churches and para-church ministries with best practices and proven training resource materials to equip short-term mission (STM) trip team leaders and participants to have greater effectiveness in their STM trip endeavors with reliable principles. The first principle is that STM trip leaders must be well-equipped to train and lead their teams, and thus they will have a greater impact than their counterparts: untrained STM team leaders. The second principle is that once trained, STM trip leaders will know what to do purposely in order for them to have successful STM trips under all circumstances. The third principle is that once trained, STM trip leaders will strategically have systems in place to avoid or deal with pitfalls that tend to diminish the spiritual impact and the quality of STM trip experiences. The fourth principle is that once trained, STM trip leaders who are well equipped to train and lead their teams, become excep tionally indispensable catalysts to foster future long-term missionaries because of the quality of their previous STM trip experiences.The purpose of these case studies is to discover best practices and proven training resource materials to equip STM trip leaders and participants to have greater effectiveness and thus successful ministry in their STM trip endeavors by surveying three distinct ministries. In this project, STM trips will be defined by not only the length or duration of a specific mission trip, but also in terms of the specific ministry focus during the time frame which helps to determine its quality and effectiveness. Churches and para-church organizations will have a greater impact in their STM trips when the leaders of the teams and their participants are well trained for every assignment that encompasses their STM trips. The case study method was chosen. That allows an outside researcher flexibility to enter the context of interest, establish rapport, and to observe pertinent details and probe with formal and informal questions that will lead to deeper clarification and understanding in virtually every area of their inquiries. It also allows the researcher to administer data collection gathered from written materials as well as one-on-one interviews, in order to compare and contrast the findings. This project showed that STM trip leaders who are well equipped to train and lead their teams to have a greater impact than their counterpart, untrained STM team leaders. Also, after training STM trip leaders, they then know what to do in order to have successful STM trips under all circumstances. This research project showed there are churches and para-church ministry organizations with best training resource materials qualified to develop effective STM leaders and participants. When comparing the r esults of the three subjects in this research project, it is refreshing to discover the similarities in strong biblical convictions among them and the passionate commitment that fuels the fibers of their training resource materials to produce the kind of disciples that will glorify God on the mission field and at home.

Analysis and improvement of interserve USA candidate process

Author
John F Kennedy
Abstract
The objective of this study is to assess and make suggestions for improvement of a mission agency's candidate process, including screening, selection, and pre-field training. This is being undertaken to produce greater effectiveness in the preparation and training of new candidates. The agency's candidates are Christian professionals who are placed in very difficult fields. Increasing the effectiveness of pre-field selection and training will help insure long-term presence in these fields. An overview of biblical themes and a literature review found that there are many areas to identify and assess. The use of two survey instruments was employed to gather data from field leaders and workers. The outcomes provide the agency with a list of suggested actions to be taken to improve the delivery and effectiveness of their pre-field training.
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