About Us

Mission Statement:

To glorify God by preparing and equipping cross-cultural workers with the missiological, biblical, and personal tools needed for strategic and effective cross-cultural ministry.

About CIT

God is moving in unprecedented ways around the world in our day!  With new technologies, the movement of people to other countries, social and political upheaval, natural disasters, and economic challenges, more people are hearing and responding to the Good News than ever before. Those sent to obey the Great Commission must be ready to share the good news effectively to other cultures. This is the task of CIT!

CIT equips people and churches around the world for more fruitful and effective cross-cultural ministry. Studies have shown that when people are trained in how to understand, adapt to, and live well in other cultures they produce more fruit for the Kingdom and last longer in ministry than those without it. This is the goal for pre-field training and debrief through CIT Residential, and for distance learning through CIT Next once people are in their country of service. CIT Global trains and equips people from other cultures and nations using CIT values that are adapted to those cultures. This is why CIT is so important!

We Believe In
(adopted from the statement of Faith of the WEA)

  • The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory.
  • The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.
  • The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation

in addition to our Statement of Faith, we affirm the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and look to it for wisdom and guidance in our faith and practice.

Training Values

Our training values creates an environment of effective learning


Rely on God and the work of the Holy Spirit as these are essential for heart transformation resulting in effective ministry.



Work together as individuals and organizations as this models Kingdom values



Build trust through esteeming one another, servant attitudes, open communication, loving relationships, and shared values



Treat each participant, organization, partner, and staff member with respect and value



Support integration of learning for the whole person and family through life-on-life relationships in community.



Pursue calling, character, and experience in staff as they represent the curriculum.



Engage in ongoing and sustained improvement in staffing, program, and facilities.



Value and depend upon volunteers who invest their time, talents, and money.


Fiscally Responsible

Operate within a break-even status with monies spent based on available resources



Continually explore and test new ideas, methods, and tools to increase impact and effectiveness

Organizational Values


Spiritual Formation

Emphasize spiritual resources available in Christ and the gospel to lead to ongoing heart transformation, grateful worship, and a fruitful life and ministry



Biblical, missiological, personal and spiritual dynamics are integrated throughout the curriculum


Age-Appropriate Learning Principles

Make learning highly reflective, relational, participative, and interactive in a safe and encouraging environment for all age levels


Appropriate Instructional Strategies

Implement instructional methods that are appropriate for learners and learner goals


CIT is a partnership of mission agencies. You don’t have to be a partner to send missionaries to CIT, but partnership has great benefits. CIT Partners enjoy discounted tuition for CIT Residential courses, feedback from CIT staff on attendees from your agency, input into the training program of CIT Residential and the other CIT departments.  The objectives of being a CIT Partner are:

  • To foster a spirit of unity and trust through cooperative training.
  • To cooperate in the design and delivery of effective training.
  • To enhance the quality of training through access to expert trainers from the various partners.
  • To broaden the scope of training through exposure to missionaries and ministries from other organizations.
  • To reduce duplication of training programs and costs through cooperation.

If your agency is interested in becoming a CIT Partner, contact Debbie Wagner at dwagner@cit-online.org for more information and to request a CIT Partner application.

Non-Partner Agencies using CIT resources

World Gospel Mission
Mission Aviation Fellowship
SEND International
Josiah Venture
International Ministries
World Team
Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators
Team Expansion
World Venture

Christian Veterinary Mission
Encompass World Partners
Baptist Mid Missions
Jungle Kids for Christ
Christian Resource Ministries
SCORE International
Extreme Response International

Launch Global
Ripe for Harvest
Youth Ministry International
Christian Health Services Corps
Equip International
Forgotten Children Worldwide
GoLiveServe International
Horizons International
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Servants in Fellowship
Global Year

CIT Location

The CIT is located on a 28 acre campus is located 1/2 mile east of Hwy 221 on Hudlow Road in Union Mills, North Carolina. Union Mills is between Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina and north of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Union Mills is not noted on many maps but it is approximately 11.5 miles south of I-40 (exit 85) on Hwy 221 and approximately 9 miles north of Rutherfordton on Hwy 221. A cell phone tower is .2 miles north of the Hudlow Road/221 intersection.

Airline service is most commonly used from CLT (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport) and GSP (Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, South Carolina). Asheville Airport is also sometimes used.