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

    Allnations is an independent, evangelical, interdenominational mission training Bible College. The purpose of the allnations is to train students in cross-cultural mission.
    Tel: 01920 443500
  • Christian TEFL

    Accredited online TEFL training for Christians plus mission placements worldwide.
    Tel: 01392 346555
  • 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
  • International Mission Centre, Selly Oak, Birmingham

    BMS World Mission training centre offers you the chance to study alongside those who have been accepted for service with BMS World Mission. The two term course (Sept. to May) includes modules on biblical studies & doctrine, crossing cultures, mission, spirituality and personal growth. One term and one week courses are also offered.

    Tel: 0121 683 7950
  • OSCAR's 'British Culture Orientation' Course

    A one day orientation course for those from other cultures coming to minister/work in the UK.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Redcliffe College

    Redcliffe provides flexible specialised cross-cultural training covering biblical, theological and mission studies. Our vision is to train, equip and empower people to fully engage in God's mission in the world.
    Tel: 01452 308097
  • 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.

  • 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, Amnos is evangelical and interdenominational.
    At present we have bursaries available, if required, and part-funded church-based intern places (for those wishing to apply for the ‘integrated internship’ scheme).

  • Asia Gateway, Malaysia

    Asia Gateway provide intercultural training for workers and leaders, an intensive programme laying down a firm foundation in intercultural learning for mission, combining practical experience with theological reflection.

  • Belfast Bible College

  • 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.

  • Capernwray Bible School & Holidays

    Capernwray Hall is a Christian holiday and conference centre and short-term Bible School.
    Tel: 01524 733908
  • Cascade Cultural Solutions

    Cascade Cultural Solutions seeks to equip missions organisations and churches to be effective in a multicultural world.
    Tel: 07946932289
  • Christian Training

    Tel: 0116 259 9325
  • 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)
  • Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre

    The Healing Centre provides for mission partners rest, spiritual refreshment, prayer and personal healing ministry and counselling if required, on their return and/or on home leave. Special rates apply and should be asked about on application to come and
    Tel: 01424 830033
  • CTBI Christians Abroad

    Opportunities for self funded volunteering in Christian supported community projects internationally. Travel Insurance, Long Term Health Insurance for short term volunteers and longer term appointments in mission and development respectively.
    Tel: 0300 012 1201
  • 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
  • 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.
    Email: i@etdi.org
    Tel: +44193583562
  • ForMission College

    ForMission equips Christian Leaders to transform their communities through accredited training, thought leadership and missional support.
  • Global Connections

    With over 300 members Global Connections is a growing, vibrant network of UK agencies, churches, colleges and support services.
  • 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.

  • Infusion

    Infusion provides an online learning environment to facilitate the development of cross-cultural gospel workers.
    Tel: 01656 857750
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Kingsway CLC Trust

    Advancing the Kingdom of God by making Evangelical Christian resources and events available and accessible to people of all nations so that they may come to faith and maturity in the Lord Jesus Christ (affiliated to CLC International)
    Tel: 01244 455 700
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster

    Mattersey Hall have various mission options on their courses including a MA in Mission.

    Tel: 01777 817663
  • 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.

  • Missionary Training Service

    MTS provide training courses and materials for preparing missionaries and tentmakers.
    Tel: 01935 83562
  • 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
  • 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
  • North Cotes College

    Individuals or Familes who wish to train as missionaries can do so at North Cotes College, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Linked with New Tribes Mission.
    Tel: 01472 387711
  • Oak Hill College

    Tel: 020 8449 0467
  • One Another Ministries

    Providing professional training, consulting, counseling, and resourcing for the development and care of Christian Mission organizations and their members.
    Tel: 01543 878656
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Radio Worldwide

    Radio Worldwide aims to resource and enable Christian Media Practitioners to work effectively in their local and further their use of Culturally Sensitive Media.
    Tel: 0113 212 1783
  • 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.
  • St. John's College, Nottingham

    St. John's offer some distance learning courses through their extension studies programme including one entitled 'Cross Cultural Christian' - particularly geared towards those going to work or live as a Christian in another culture. They also run a Counselling Skills for Pastoral Care course which includes two short residential periods.

    Tel: 0115 925 1114
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Tilsley 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
  • Trinity College, Bristol

    Trinity is offering an MA in Mission Studies with Units in Christian-Muslim relations, Mission in a Global Context, Mission and Development, Mission and Anglicanism, Christianity and Global Issues. Contact John Corrie for further details.
  • Union School of Theology

    Union is an innovative new Christian ministry enabling healthy church growth through investing in leaders. Our vision is to grow leaders for growing churches, to see churches flourish in the gospel and drive forward in mission.
    Tel: 0330 123 4446
  • Veritas College International

    Empowering churches to train their own leaders to interpret Scripture and to apply and minister it in their own context.
  • WEA Resources

    This website has a number of books and other helps for those involved in missionary training or those going into mission. A CD copy of resources can also be requested.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • YWAM Scotland Training

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