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These bulletins are designed to stimulate thought and discussion about current issues in mission training.
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- Bulletin 01 Equipping the whole person January 2015 Ruth M Wall PhD
Examining the ‘head-heart-hands’ of mission training: Effective ministry requires more than knowing information and more than knowing how to apply that information in other contexts. Effective ministry also requires mature and godly emotions and the ability to relate to God, to self and to others in ways that are healthy and resilient.
- Bulletin 02 Missionary training as member care - the Korean case May 2015 Felipe Jinsuk Byun PhD
The effect of missionary training on member care in the light of the 29 years of training ministry undertaken by the Global Missionary Training Center (GMTC) in Korea.
- Bulletin 03 Re-thinking intercultural mission training in Latin America (including appendix) December 2015 Omar Gava, with Mark Hedinger and Fabian Rey
New models of on-the-job missionary training in Latin America.
- Bulletin 04(a) E-quipped to serve - a mission training delivered by e-learning February 2016 Kate Wiseman PhD
Kate Wiseman PhD, of All Nations Christian College, UK, delivers the first part of the summary of her ten-year study into how missionary training can be delivered effectively.
- Bulletin 04(b) E-quipped to serve - a framework for delivering mission training through e-learning April 2016 Kate Wiseman PhD
Kate Wiseman PhD, of All Nations Christian College, UK, argues that mission trainers need to intentionally incorporate and balance all the key elements: Community, Design, Pedagogy, Resources, Support and Technology.
- Bulletin 05 Communicating the gospel in honor and shame cultures September 2016 Jayson Georges
How to equip people to share the good news with people whose worldview is dominated by honor and shame.
- Bulletin 06 Words and actions February 2017 Ruth Wall PhD
Some reflections, reading and a round-up from the IMTN network
- Bulletin 07 Arts in mission April 2017 Jill Ford, Robin Harris and Brian Schrag
Discussion on how to engage the arts in mission.
- Bulletin 08 Focusing on competencies July 2017 Bennie Wolvaardt
Discussion focusing on how competencies can help improve training.
- Bulletin 09 Reflecting on missionary training December 2017 David Ruiz and others
Current issues in missionary training.
- Bulletin 10 A brief window into the world of TCK's April 2018 Tanya Crossman
A Brief Window into the World of Third Culture Kids.
- Bulletin 11 The Relational Paradigm May 2018 Mark Hedinger
A Relational Approach to Missionary Training.
- IMTN Bulletin 12 A Relational Epistemology July 2018 David Williams
How relating to God can help prepare missionaries.
- IMTN Bulletin 13 Case Study No 1 - Nigeria Evangelical Missionary Institute January 2019 Samuel Olatunbi
Learning from NEMI which has been training missionaries since 1986.
- IMTN Bulletin 14 - The Elders' Council April 2019 Jim Harries
A procedure for eliciting the opinion of local elders on missionary methods.
IMTN Bulletin 15 - Two Case Studies of online missionary training June 2019 1 Andrea Thomas; 2 Richard Reilly
The All Nations Christian College online Enroute course and the V Puti course which is based on it.
IMTN Bulletin 16 - Case Study from Romania - a clear strategy for effectiveness October 2019 Ileana Hrișcă
A description of the training at the Romanian Centre of Cross-Cultural Studies (CRST).
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Deb Scheuermann of the Mission Aviation Fellowship wrote, “One of the struggles our staff is having in learning to adjust to their new culture is learning to “unplug” from the US, due to social media (facebook, snapchat, facetime, skype, etc.) and expectations from family & church. Do you know of or have any resources that addresses these issues?”
Here is summary of posts received from IMTN members:
- We must be focused on the task before us - of being missionaries where God has placed us and not let the internet distract us. God will help us as we take the decision.
- Discuss with co-workers some realistic limits and be accountable to each other to keep to them.
- Consider a "fast" from the internet for three months on starting in a new place (e.g. checking email only once a week, no social networking or Internet surfing; not using phones other than speaking to family once a week. Not using music or Kindles either (except for help with spiritual matters). No movies. This helps focus on adjusting and not comparing everything with home. One may not realise how routine it is to check Facebook, email etc. It also stops one thinking about what is going on at home and helps to focus on things where we are serving God.
- Share with friends/supporters back home may be some realistic expectations in terms of availability for social media contact.
- Rev. Sam Lazarus a missionary from India, currently involved in pastoral training
• It is a choice.
• It is personal.
• With God's grace all things are possible.
• If we take one step by faith God will lead 10 steps.
• We can achieve success in this matter.
Earlier on I used to take teaching assignments in remote places which did not have even phone facility much less internet. So I told myself, OK, I am coming out to these places to do God's work, and so He will take care of my family. If I do not contact them still they will be OK.
This thought helped me to stay calm in those places. We need to have our own restricted plan to get on the internet.
We need to ask ourselves a question, Is internet, Facebook, Twitter or email a Life threatening issue? Can I live without it? What I am come here for. If God returns tomorrow, can I answer Him saying, I was busy using my Facebook.
Taking up the cross and denying oneself in Mark 8:34 also include dying to these little things. We are after eternal things and glorious things, since we are in pursuit of such noble things, we need to and we have to - Unplug from our own culture.
To strike a balance we can visit our friends and contacts through these avenues on "limited" time that we know that is safe for us to stay focused. Any time we feel it is "little" too much we need to remember we have already crossed the safe boundary.
I hope this is helpful. If you need more dialogue you can call me at USA 646-327-0628.
May God bless you as you work through this.
Yours in His service,
Rev. Sam Lazarus
- David Turnbull, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Tabor Adelaide, Australia: I found this one from Australia that may be helpful - http://traverse.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Technology_Logos2010Sept12manuscript+slides.pdf (Kenmore Baptist Church Message Oultine, 12th September 2010 (LOGOS) 1 Unplugged: Imagining God In A High Tech World). It comes from a church I have had connections with in Brisbane.
Mike Frith, Founding Director, OSCAR:
Mark Morgenstern - EFCA
"This question being asked is truly an issue for effective cross-cultural and “incarnational” ministry today. What will you let loose of (even though technology makes it that you don’t have to) for the sake of serving others in a new adopted cultural environment?"
Jonathan Lewis - www.goglobalnet.org: Our missionary candidates are required to unplug for the first month of their cross-cultural internship except for reporting to the center or emergencies. This “fast” does help them to get more plugged-in to where they are.
Dr Omar Gava - COMIBAM: La sugerencia es que el viajero toma los primeros 4 semanas de su entrenamiento con un control fuerte sobre email, facebook, etc/ He escuchado de otras agencia y misiones que toma 4 - 6 meses de "ayuno digital" para los nuevos misioneros.
La idea es que así van a formar vínculos dentro de la nueva comunidad en vez de mantener su punto de contacto espiritual, emocional, y social en su tierra natal.
Samuel Chiang: While I do not know of resources, I do know this takes discipline and setting of boundaries. From what I read from the quote, it would appear that the bigger issue is for people to say 'no'.
Leiton Chinn: one thought is to share with my friends/supporters back home what may be some realistic expectations in terms of availability for social media contact.
About the WDMT
In 1995 Ray Windsor published the 2nd edition of the World Directory of Missionary Training Programmes a catalogue of over 500 missionary training programmes from around the globe. This was one of the early missionary training resources published by the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and the International Missionary Training Network. As is the case with any printed directory it did not take long before this valuable resource was outdated.
The Mission Commission of the WEA occasionally studied the possibility of republishing this list, and these discussions began to focus on the developing Internet technology as a preferred medium of delivery. It was soon apparent that an online directory would allow institutions to register and update their information which would better serve the needs of the institution as well as provide more up-to-date information for those researching available missionary training.
The IMTN decided to partner with the Evangelical Training Directory project headed up by Ian Benson of the UK-based Missionary Training Service. This directory gathers in all evangelical training. The new World Directory of Missionary Training filters the contents of the Evangelical Training Directory to present only dedicated missionary training programmes. In February of 2009, Ian Benson was invited to become part-time volunteer staff of the IMTN as the Director of Information Services. This directory is now available online featuring self-registration and maintenance of contact and course information.