“Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.” Proverbs 19:2 (English Standard Version)

You may not know what you don’t know until you are engaging in cross-cultural missions. Whether you’re already involved in cross-cultural missions or wanting to start, we offer knowledge and can further develop your competencies and your missionary heart.

Workshops, Consulting, and Curriculum

Our workshops, consulting, and curriculum address your cross-cultural missional needs for short-term missions, diaspora missions, cross-cultural conflict, multi-cultural teams, and cross-cultural internships. You can expect to see our values of spiritual formation, integration, age-appropriate learning principles, and appropriate instructional strategies in all we offer.

Short-Term Missions

How do you define short-term missions? We define it as nonvocational missionaries going on a mission trip for varying periods of time of two weeks or less, or up to one year. Training needs are different depending on the length of the mission.
The Need for Short-Term Missions Training
Short-term missionaries usually have limited periods of exposure with the people they intend to interact with, so they would benefit from training that helps them to critically reflect on their own culture, learn about the other culture, and develop intercultural competencies that will help them in multiple cultural interactions.

Cross Cultural Internship

As more local churches are engaging the foreigners among us, some are starting 1-2 year cross-cultural internship programs to equip missionaries. Church Equipping works with local churches to develop the cross-cultural training components. Church Equipping training curriculum develops intercultural competencies using best practices in Christian missions training, intercultural competency development, adult learning, and training and design.

Diaspora Missions Training

Diaspora Missions
Most of the world’s people can no longer be defined geographically. The world we live in today seems “borderless” in the age of technology, mass transportation and migration. Living in North America is now living both globally and locally, or “Glocally”, with the nations on the move. Refugees from unreached and unengaged people groups are fast becoming our neighbors and co-workers. Previously hard to reach peoples are becoming more accessible due to migration. The Church has new opportunities and challenges to reach fragments of unengaged and unreached peoples.

The Need for Diaspora Missions Training
Diaspora peoples are on the move. How do you identify, understand, and develop appropriate global strategies for reaching Diaspora people and working with them? The majority of Diaspora peoples come from honor and shame cultures, which is different from mainstream U.S.’s guilt and fear culture. Loving Diaspora peoples and effectively evangelizing and discipling them and working alongside these new believers requires critically reflecting on your own culture, learning about the other culture, and developing intercultural competencies that will help you in multiple cultural interactions.

Cross-Cultural Conflict

Cross-Cultural Conflict
Have you ever heard someone say, “Communication, the final frontier”? Communication is challenging in your own culture, so how much more challenging it can be when communicating across cultures! We need to build relationships for effective ministry and conflict hinders ministry. Individuals often have little understanding of cultural values other than their own. How we perceive things is viewed through our cultural lens. When communicating across cultures, this frequently results in misunderstanding others’ actions and words.

The Need for Cross-Cultural Conflict Training

Learning to see and add another culture’s perspective to your own will help avoid conflicts and enrich your cross-cultural relationships. Training will help you with the competencies needed to learn another culture’s frame of reference and to navigate cross-cultural conflict. Biblical insights provided in training are essential to understand and appreciate other cultures, otherwise, our hearts lead us to feelings of superiority and drawing conclusions before seeking more information.

Multicultural Teams

Multicultural Teams
We’re living in a time of mass migration and seeing the nations coming to Christ. Missions is now “everywhere to everywhere” and we have the amazing privilege of working with our brothers and sisters in Christ from other cultures. In Heaven, all nations will be gathered before Christ’s throne worshiping him. Working together now reflects what is to come and critical to fulfilling the Great Commission.

The Need for Multicultural Teams Training

Culture can both shape and distort our image of God and understanding his Word. We need to apply biblical truths to cultural differences and work together to fulfill the Great Commission while also learning from one another.