This section sets forth the important areas for missionary training, listing resources for each area. The IMTN believes that each of the resources presented in this section may be of value and help in missionary training, but does not necessarily endorse the particular theological or methodological standpoint of each resource nor guarantee the content, quality or accreditation of any particular programme.

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All missionary training should include the following essentials:

  1. Spiritual formation and personal development including:
  2. Biblical and theological knowledge
  3. Essential missionary skills and knowledge: language learning and understanding how to work in other culturesevangelism, church planting and multiplicationrelating to the sending church, missionary team work and an understanding of the biblical basis of missions and an understanding of its current practice and history through the ages.

Books on mission which provide a foundation for serving cross-culturally.

  1. Pastoral experience and pastoral training (if engaging in training leaders of new churches).
  2. Training for specialised areas of ministry relevant to individual ministries, such as orphan care.
  3. Work experience and suitable professional and academic training: to obtain employment or begin a business if going as a tentmaker. 
  4. Practical skills e.g. handyman.