But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15
As part of our vision to see churches deeply engaged in cross-cultural mission, CMS offers apprenticeships to train and mentor Australian Christians in cross-cultural ministry.
Mentac is a two year, full-time apprenticeship designed to provide training and mentoring in cross-cultural ministry. It currently runs in Sydney and Melbourne, through CMS NSW & ACT and CMS Victoria (check out CMS Victoria’s Mentac page here). This apprenticeship seeks to equip and help people explore the path to long-term cross-cultural ministry, providing opportunities for evangelism and discipleship under the mentoring of experienced cross-cultural workers.
CMS is seeking to work with churches and see this ministry continue to grow. While Mentac currently has a focus on ministry to Muslim people, the program is looking to expand amongst other faiths such as Hindus. We are also developing plans to offer Mentac apprenticeships overseas, where we hope to start a program that combines language and culture learning with exploring existing Muslim outreach ministries.
Mentac is designed to help people who want to be mentored and trained in ministry to Muslims.
Mentac stands for ‘Mentoring across cultures’. The program includes formal and informal learning, hands-on ministry, and is based on immersion in Muslim communities here in Australia. It acts as a pathway to both develop your skills and considering the possibility of long-term cross-cultural mission (whether in Australia or overseas).
Mentac apprentices get to join a ministry team where they will be equipped to relate to Muslim people, share the gospel with them, and disciple believers from a Muslim background to maturity in Christ. It is designed around the areas you want to grow in and also offers the option for some overseas experience in a Muslim country during the apprenticeship. The full program is for two years including a review and opt-in/out at the completion of every six months. There is also a part-time option if this is more suitable.
We will also help you bring together your learning and ministry experience and reflect on how God is growing you.