Ministry can be stressful. Cross-cultural ministry will be more stressful. Studies show that the stress associated with cross-cultural entry and transition, ministry ambiguity, and conflict are major contributors to failure in cross-cultural ministry. Thatʼs the bad news. The good news is that the CIT program is designed to prepare you to survive and succeed, whether you are moving to a new country, returning “home” after years overseas, or looking for support with any other cross-cultural transition.
“As mature Christians, we think we know the Bible (and ourselves) well enough to become cross cultural workers. But in the relative isolation of the North Carolina mountains, we found out how much we don’t know and how God-sized the work is. We lived in a community something like the church in Acts and built and tested relationships like never before. We learned to use the Bible to question and answer what we heard taught… I can’t imagine what a mess I’d have made of things if I had gone to the field without CIT.”
— A CIT participant