PD Series: Pre-field Training Online – Overview

Dave and I have thoroughly enjoyed being students these last four weeks šŸ™‚ As we finish up our fifth and final week of Pre-field Training Online, we’re excited to share more about what we’ve learned with you over the coming months.

Until then,Ā hereĀ are the topics we covered in Pre-field Training Online with a brief look at the objectives we learned:

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  • LIFELONG LEARNING

“Appreciate the importance of being a lifelong learner and the role that will play in being effective over time in cross-cultural ministry.”

“Realize the breadth of spheres of skill and ability that are needed as one serving in cross-cultural ministry.”

“Begin to understand your personal learning style and how it will affect the way you continue learning in various areas as a lifelong learner.”

  • CULTURE & WORLDVIEW

    “Become familiar with the basic concepts and definitions of worldview.”

“Learn to use worldview concepts in your interaction with other cultures, with a view of evaluating them on their own merit.”

“Develop skills to evaluate your own culture on its own merit.”

“Develop basic concepts to study the Bible on the basis of the worldview it presents.”

“Be able to articulate a primary biblical worldview, which you will use as your basis for ongoing reflection.”

  • THE INCARNATION & M

    “As a result of studying this topic, you will identify and address at least two implications for cross-cultural ministry that flow from the incarnation.”

  • LIVING CROSS-CULTURALLY AS A FAMILY OR SINGLE

    “[For marrieds] Begin to work through the unique stresses you may experience as a couple living and ministering in a cross-cultural environment.”

“[For singles] Be introduced to the special factors in the life of the single m.”

“Understand the importance of developing your own philosophy of the role of children in the m family and begin to develop that philosophy for yourself.”

“Consider now what your approach will be when weaving together the realities and responsibilities of ministry, family, physical well-being, and other relationships and commitments.”

  • HEALTHY TEAM

“Understand the advantages of working or ministering in a team.”

“Know the difference between being a team in name only and being a real team, as well as the steps towards being a real team.”

“Be familiar with the ReachGlobal indicators of a healthy team.”

  • BEING COACHED

    “Understand the importance of ministry coaching in your life as a missionary.”

“Be motivated to pursue a coaching relationship when reaching the field.”

“Understand the role that you, as the one receiving coaching, play in making your coaching relationship a successful one.”

  • WOMEN IN M

    “Become aware of the significant role women have had in missions in the past.”

“Be able to summarize how ReachGlobal views and values women in leadership roles.”

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE

    “Understand what spiritual warfare is.”

“Understand how spiritual warfare applies to your personal walk with the Lord and to your relationships.”

“Understand how it applies to ministry.”

“Recognize where you are weak in your spiritual life and where you are easy prey to the enemy.”

  • ADDRESSING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES & OBSERVING CULTURE

    “Define the concept of culture in three dimensions: cognitive, affective, and evaluative.”

“Demonstrate skills in cultural observation and analysis.”

“Compare and contrast key features of oneā€™s home culture and the assigned culture utilizing at least three cultural characteristics (e.g., time and event, individualism and collectivism, achieved and ascribed status, guilt and shame, etc.).”

“Express how the incarnation is the fundamental model for cross-cultural ministry.”

“Discuss three realities of living and ministering in the assigned culture.”

“Explain the gospel in a framework congruent with the assigned culture.”

  • LIVING DIFFERENTLY

    “Understand how personal choices, especially in the areas of material possessions and use of time, can affect relationships in ministry.”

“Accept that there are a variety of equally valid but different approaches taken by various missionaries in this area.”

“Begin to develop your own convictions in this area.”

  • EVANGELISM

    “Be motivated toward active personal gospel communication.”

“Be aware of the nature of the gospel ā€” its content, its power, its purposes.”

“Understand the impact of culture on the effective communication of the gospel.”

  • M’s & CONFLICT

    “Be aware that conflict between m’sĀ is normal.”

“Accept that different people react to conflict differently.”

“Commit to actively work on this topic together with your team in the future.”

  • LOVING THE POOR

    “Identify the meaning of the term “the poor” as seen in Scripture.”

“Understand the multifaceted nature of poverty, and how to help the poor without hurting them.”

“Develop a vision for how you can love the poor in your place of ministry, utilizing the insights gained from the readings and interaction.”

  • LIVING WITH STRESS

    “List and describe the stages of culture shock.”

“Identify the symptoms of acculturative stress.”

“Begin developing coping mechanisms to manage culture stress.”

  • POWER OF THE GOSPEL

    “Analyze the relationship between ministries of proclamation and ministries of compassion.”

“Recognize some non-negotiables in gospel ministry.”

“Explore the idea of the power of the verbal gospel message as set out in Scripture.”

  • CULTURE, THEOLOGY, & CHURCH

    “Understand how the deepest level of cultural reality, Worldview, is the backbone of religious systems.”

“Be able to integrate concepts of culture that have been explored thus far in Pre-field Training into an evaluation of culture and its role in the life of the Christian community, the Church.”

“Recognize that biblical instruction to the Church can be sorted into categories of culturally universal (or supra-cultural) expectations and culturally conditioned behavioral specifics, while still affirming the biblical authority over belief and practice of all men and all nations.”

“Accept and embrace the broad range of specifics of church life, customs, systems, and relationships that can be and are influenced by national culture.”

  • SURRENDERING MY RIGHTS

    “Explore the concept of surrendering rights and entitlements.”

“Create a plan to help you yield up rights in ministry.”


Pretty neat, huh? What a month of mind and heart shaping! A heartfelt thanks to our PT OnlineĀ mentors and to all of you who prayed with usĀ over these last fiveĀ weeks. We’ve come out of this training grown, challenged and in awe of our G. Look forward to sharing more! Until next time-

Together for His glory, Sarah Lynn