our commitment to team trainingWe strive for our training to be…
1. Based in the Word
Study the Word to reinforce the biblical basis for your trip. Short-term mission is a spiritual endeavor. As Christians, we are challenged constantly to expand our borders and take in more of the world. We are challenged to accept a greater view of god’s love and purpose. As you understand how your trip fits into a biblical understanding of mission, it becomes easier to take on the expanded perspective of discipleship.
2. Focused on God’s Agenda
After you have established your own personal goals for the trip, pray that you’ll become a learner. Pray that you’ll welcome any activity God brings- even if it doesn’t fit into your preconceived notions of what “ought to happen.” You’re bound to be disappointed if you maintain a rigid notion of how God will work in your life and the lives of others. Train yourself to look forward to the surprises God has in store.
3. Dependent on the Holy Spirit
It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit be the leader of each team we send. We trust that as each of you prepare independently for the trip, you will also take the opportunities to build relationships with team members and allow the Holy Spirit to unify the team. As you prepare for the trip, we strongly encourage you to make prayer a priority. While the team may be spread out geographically, team prayer will be a priority whenever there are meetings.
4. Clear about the Purpose
We believe that short-term mission serve long-term mission interests, whether under the direction of EEMN career missionaries or EEMN sponsored ministries. It is our desire that training emphasize the purpose of partnership with long-term mission interests. Please be sensitive to the host missionaries or ministry leaders and go with a servant spirit.
5. Comprehensive in Preparation
Our training program focuses on several primary areas of preparation: 1) spiritual, 2) cultural, 3) ministry specialty, 4) practical and logistical issues, 5) host missionaries/ministries, people group and country information and 6) debriefing.