Preparation & Orientation

Advice and course information on preparation & orientation for those planning to work in mission and ministry.

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  • All Nations Christian College

    All Nations Christian College is an independent, evangelical, interdenominational mission training College. The purpose of All Nations is to train students in cross-cultural mission.
    Tel: 01920 443500
    Location: Ware, Hertfordshire
  • Children Belong In Families--Online Webinar with Rok Kern

    If you and your team and church is looking for a webinar to help you to understand more the current trend of orphanages globally and identifying the difference approaches to care for vulnerable children and dig deeper into why family is the best place for them to grow up.

    Sign up now to this webinar by emailing to our team leader at, or visit our website to book your space or if you have any questions.
    Tel: +855 31 4323 223
    Location: Khan Meanchey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Children in Families

    Children in Families (CIF) is a Christian local Cambodian NGO, registered with the Ministry of the Interior since 2009, dedicated to providing high-quality family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children in Cambodia.
    Tel: +855 31 4323 223
    Location: Khan Meanchey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies, Netherlands

    The main purpose of this college, linked with WEC International, is to train students for a servant ministry in a multi-cultural setting through a holistic programme of biblical, theological, missiological studies and practical ministry involvement in an international community. Training is conducted in English.
    Tel: +31 485 369130 (NETHERLANDS)
    Location: Beugen, Netherlands
  • Developing Health Course

    Christian Medical Fellowship run an annual residential course for health professionals, covering all aspects of medicine in developing countries. The course runs for two weeks but some participants attend selected parts of the course which are relevant to their needs. Usually in June/July.
    Tel: 020 7234 9660
    Location: Northwood, London
  • Ethical Communications Online Learning Course with Rok Kern Learning Academy

    Going on a mission trip, for sure our friends, church and family member can't wait to hear from us. This course will give us a tool to reflect on “An image tells a thousand stories” with dignity and respect as they are equally created by God. And help participants to understand the complexities of communication in a cross cultural setting and help them to establish the importance of the key ideas of dignity and informed consent and to equip them to communicate ethically.
    Tel: +855 31 4323 223
    Location: Khan Meanchey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • ForMission

    ForMission equips Christian Leaders to transform their communities through accredited training, thought leadership and missional support.
    Tel: 0121 458 5240
    Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • OSCAR's 'British Culture Orientation' Course

    A one day orientation course for those from other cultures coming to minister/work in the UK.
    Tel: 0300 121 0585
    Location: Gloucester, Gloucs.
  • OSCAR's 'Crossing Cultures' Course

    Crossing Cultures is a one day course for people moving into a different culture. It helps them prepare for and cope better with the initial transition time. OSCAR runs various preparation and orientation courses on demand, and occasionally at different locations around the UK. Training can be tailored to suit the timing and circumstances of individuals or teams, which is particularly useful for those who don't feel that any other solution fits.
    Tel: 0300 121 0585
    Location: Gloucester, Gloucs.
  • Pioneer Mission Leadership Training

    The Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Course is for dreamers, doers, imaginers, activists, in other words, pioneers. It offers a variety of pathways, from individual modules to doctoral research programmes. 
    Tel: 01865 787400
    Location: Oxford
  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Course

    This one-day course offers an introduction to the key health, system, and spiritual problems faced by refugees and asylum seekers. The aim of the day is to equip Christian healthcare practitioners and others to respond to common presentations encountered in daily practice within a UK health setting. The programme is practical and interactive, led by doctors, nurses and others working in this field.
    Location: Liverpool
  • Amnos Church Planting School

    Amnos Church Planting School is a unique training college serving the UK and Europe. Our one-year Certificate in evangelism, church planting and church growth equips students through interactive lectures/seminars and practical experience. The course is the most extensive programme of its type and aims to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence in men and women for their God-given task and calling to His Great Commission. Based in Brentwood UK.
    Location: Brentwood, Essex
  • Belfast Bible College

    Tel: 02890 301551
    Location: Belfast, County Antrim
  • BushProof

    Based in Madagascar, BushProof organises regular training events which include both theoretical and practical hands-on aspects of Bio-sand filtration, and Water and sanitation (WATSAN) for development and emergencies. In addition, BushProof also has experience in creating tailor-made training for specific situations.
    Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Capernwray Bible School and Holiday Centre

    Capernwray is a Bible School and Christian holiday centre based in Northwest England.
    Tel: 01524 733908
    Location: Carnforth, Lancashire
  • Christian TEFL

    Accredited online TEFL training for Christians plus mission placements worldwide.
    Tel: 01392 346555
    Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre

    We are a small, friendly Christian Healing Centre where a warm welcome is offered to all. Situated just 4 miles from the coast in the Sussex High Weald. The beauty, peace and comfort of this place create an ideal setting in which to draw closer to God.
    Tel: 01424 830033
    Location: Battle, East Sussex
  • Ellel Ministries

    Ellel Ministries is now established in over 20 countries around the world. We look to serve the Body of Christ in two main ways - by offering personal prayer ministry to those in need and by training and equipping people.
    Tel: 01524 751651
    Location: Lancaster, Lancs.
  • Evangelical Training Directory

    The Evangelical Training Directory aims to present the training of all evangelical Bible Colleges and worldwide. It is endorsed by the World Evangelical Alliance.
    Tel: +44193583562
    Location: Dorchester, Dorset
  • FieldPartner

    FieldPartner is a training and support platform for cross-cultural workers in the pre-field, on-field and post-field seasons of their service, featuring courses, blogs, podcasts, sermons and more! We are also a portal to other partner organisations.
    Location: Hayes, Middlesex
  • Global Connections Training Directory

    Our training pages are specifically designed to help people find training to help them prepare for involvement in cross-cultural mission, church-based ministry, or work with a Christian charity or mission agency in the UK or internationally (short and long-term opportunities).
    Location: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  • Global Horizons

    Global Horizons is based in the UK but working internationally, whose objective is to train people to take the Christian message to the nations in the 21st century.
    Location: Rugby, Warwickshire
  • International Bible Training Institute

    The IBTI's vision is to empower a young generation to effectively function in Christian service. This vision is accomplished by receiving students from many parts of the world, training them and releasing them into mission, back home and abroad.
    Tel: 01444 233173
    Location: Burgess Hill, West Sussex
  • International Missionary Training Network

    Under the auspices of the WEA Missions Commission, this site provides links to training materials and publications for download in pdf format.
  • Kwintessential

    Kwintessential are a UK based Christian owned company who provide information and services to the international business community on cross-cultural issues and translation.
    Tel: 01460 279 900
    Location: Crewkerne, Somerset
  • Learn Direct

    This site enables you to search for courses on just about any subject, some of which are conducted either by correspondence or via the Internet.
    Location: Bournemouth
  • Literacy & Evangelism International

    Drawing upon 50 years of history, LEI's training incorporates years of valuable experience from literacy and English language classes around the world. LEI equips the Church through a variety of literacy and English language training events.
    Tel: +1 918 585 3826 (USA)
    Location: Tulsa, OK, United States
  • London School of Theology

    LONDON SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (LST) is an evangelical academic learning community called to equip and encourage one another to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
    Tel: 01923 456000
    Location: Northwood, Middlesex
  • Mission Trip Academy

    Learn how to successfully prepare for, plan and stay organized for your mission trip. Online course program includes blueprint with a simple timeline and robust resources. Fundraising tools, passports/visas guidance and much more. A must-have for anyone involved in missions.
    Tel: +1 619 849 8850 (USA)
    Location: United States
  • Missionary Training Service

    MTS provide training courses and materials for preparing missionaries and tentmakers.
    Tel: 01935 83562
    Location: Dorchester, Dorset
  • Moorlands College

    Moorlands specialises in the transformation and equipping of people, passionate about Jesus, to impact the church and the world. All our degree courses are validated by the University of Gloucestershire.
    Tel: 01425 674500
    Location: Christchurch, Dorset
  • N Davey - Video Production and Training services

    I am a former TV Director and mission agency Video Manager. I now make videos for mission agencies, churches and charities. I run 1, 2 and 5 day video training courses helping mission workers communicate their ministries and provide supporter video updates.
    Tel: 07752 243046
  • Nazarene Theological College, Manchester

    Various courses are offered including a 1 year MA in Mission Studies (Global/Urban Mission).
    Tel: 0161 445 3063
    Location: Manchester
  • North Cotes College

    North Cotes College is New Tribes Mission (NTM)’s European Bible College and Missionary Training Centre, located on the coast of Lincolnshire, England. North Cotes College offers a full range of biblically based missionary training all in one location.
    Tel: 01472 387711
    Location: Grimsby, Lincs
  • Oak Hill College

    Tel: 020 8449 0467
    Location: Southgate, London
  • One Another Ministries

    Providing professional training, consulting, counseling, and resourcing for the development and care of Christian Mission organizations and their members. Based in Staffordshire.
    Tel: 01543 878656
    Location: Cannock, Staffs
  • Open Doors International Language School (ODILS)

    Open Doors International Language School is a faith based charitable social enterprise that exists to serve and enable individuals and communities isolated by language and culture both in the UK and overseas.
    Tel: 01752 258770
    Location: Plymouth, Devon
  • Perspectives

    Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a dynamic twelve lesson course which will introduce you to God's incredible purposes for all nations, and how you can find your part in his plans. Courses have taken place throughout the UK and it can also be conducted completely online.
    Location: Pasadena, CA, United States
  • Preparing for a Short-term Mission Trip

    This webpage has some good advice for those preparing for or going on a short-term mission trip.
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • Radio Worldwide

    RW is a Christian ministry. We’re part of WEC International. Our focus is to help people come to know, love and worship Jesus Christ, by resourcing people to reach others with the good news through the use of contextual, cultural and imaginative media.
    Tel: 0113 212 1783
    Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Residential Missionary Training Programme in Blackpool

    In Blackpool, Refreshment UK is offering a unique 12-month programme of missionary training from our mission training centre in South Shore, to learn spiritual disciplines living in community.
    From our centre, our missionary trainees get involved in the ministry of Refreshment UK, alongside a dedicated Biblical training course, written and delivered by the team at Refreshment UK.
    Based on years of front-line missions, we aim to refresh and release missionaries to be effective for the gospel.
    Tel: 01253 348940
    Location: Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Springs Dance Company

    Springs Dance Company is a vibrant contemporary dance organisation bringing creative and engaging dance to a diverse range of venues and communities. Founded over 35 years ago, we are one of the longest-established dance companies in the UK.
    Tel: 07775 628 442
    Location: London
  • The Next Mile

    This US developed curriculum offers practical tools to enable leaders to plan, conduct and follow-through with short-term mission trips for long-term impact.
    Location: United States
  • The Proclamation Trust

    The Proclamation Trust serves the local church by promoting the work of biblical expository preaching in the UK and further afield.
    Tel: 020 7407 0561
    Location: London
  • The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham

    Queen's offer a Global Christianity Programme, a course where people are shaped and re-shaped for mission and ministry in a Global Church.
    Location: Birmingham
  • Tilsley Bible College, GLO Europe

    Our 9 month training course is unique!
    Our college is part of GLO Europe - a mission agency working across many countries in Europe and linked with other GLO missions worldwide. As a result we are a place of many backgrounds and cultures.
    Tel: 01698 266776
    Location: Motherwell, N. Lanarkshire
  • Trinity College, Bristol

    Come and join us at beautiful Trinity College! (Fabulous community, stunning grounds and great lunches included...) We're a theological college with a passion to see people embrace the call to ‘Live like the kingdom is near’.
    Tel: 0117 968 2803
    Location: Stoke Bishop, Bristol
  • Union School of Theology

    UST is for anyone who wants to grow both spiritually and academically – in their understanding of the Christian gospel, in their ministry skills, and in personal formation.
    Tel: 0330 123 4446
    Location: Bridgend, Bridgend County
  • Unreached Network

    The Unreached Network exists to co-ordinate best practice in cross-cultural mission across the global Newfrontiers family. Under the ‘Unreached Network’ umbrella we offer training, resources, connection to help equip churches to send and support cross-cultural partners, to equip church planting teams for contextual effectiveness, and to interact with the wider missions conversation.
  • Veritas College International

    Empowering churches to train their own leaders to interpret Scripture and to apply and minister it in their own context.
    Location: Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • World Horizons PreField Training

    Our pre-field training and orientation course is primarily about discipleship and spiritual growth, and includes key preparation for working in a cross-cultural environment. The course is suitable for families, individuals and couples.
    Location: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
  • YWAM Orlando School of Mission

    The School of Mission will get you get off to the best possible start in cross-cultural frontier mission. School runs in April and September. Staff and lecturers have significant field experience. We have field contacts to place you in missions. We can talk to you about opportunities. When you finish this school you will be confident to GO!
    Tel: +1 (407) 273 1667 (USA)
    Location: Orlando, FL, United States
  • YWAM Scotland Training

    Youth with a Mission Scotland run various programmes designed to prepare Christians for mission work in the UK and overseas.