Development and Training
If gospel workers are to survive and thrive in mission, they need to engage in thorough cross-cultural training. CMS takes training seriously, because we’re about long-term ministry! The Development and Training Team is based at St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne. They lead CMS’s residential mission training course, as well promoting mission education around Australia. Here are some of the initiatives that CMS are developing:
Mission training for local churches
CMS is partnering with Ridley College in Melbourne to promote a video-based training course in cross-cultural mission. The course is aimed at Christians in local churches who would like to know more about mission and be better equipped to share the gospel with their neighbours. Visit this page if you’d like to find out more.
Training for short-term mission
Missions Interlink Short-Term Training (MIST) is a national training program for people into short-term mission. CMS has played a leading role in developing MIST and helping to run MIST courses around Australia. MIST courses are run regularly in each State around Australia – click here for details.
We have developed an apprenticeship program called Mentac, aimed at helping people explore whether long-term mission is right for them. Mentac apprentices can choose whether to be based in Australia or overseas. See the Mentac page for more details.
Training for long-term mission
Long-term gospel workers serving with CMS come to St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne for a five month residential training program. The course helps you to prepare for long-term mission, with a focus on practical missiology and anthropology, language learning skills and much more besides. Listen to Mike and Tania reflect on how useful St Andrew’s Hall was in their own preparation:
If you are a future trainee, you can find out more about St Andrew’s Hall here.