Resources for Students and Student Mobilizers
Opportunities in the USA
Perspectives is not so much a course as it is a movement involving tens of thousands of God’s people throughout the world finding their niche in God’s overall purpose to bless the nations. In 15 lessons you’ll engage with a range of dynamic speakers. Weekly readings and study will help you dig even deeper. Join thousands of others in one of 200 locations. www.perspectives.org
The Intensive Training (I.T.) summer project is designed for you to spend seven weeks focusing on expanding your heart for the entire world as you walk through challenging mission material that is guaranteed to rearrange your paradigms! You will spend your days learning about mission, mobilization and methodology. Evenings and weekends will be a time of practical hands-on application and getting up close and personal with some of the world’s major religions.
Training Ordinary Apprentices to Go is 10 months of “doing life together” with a community of people (who are working or going to school full-time) who are saying in the next 1-3 years they want to launch reproducing Kingdom Communities among the Unreached.
Beautiful Feet Boot Camp is a five-month program that offers missionary training for the whole person: physical, spiritual, mental and emotional. The goal is not to produce perfect missionaries, but to have each student leave for the field with a growing relationship with Jesus and with the skills he or she will need to thrive in long-term ministry to the unreached.
On your Wayumi adventure, explore what the Bible says about reaching all peoples, experience learning a tribal language, and connect with your guides (all veteran church planters). You’ll see and feel what it takes to make disciples of every people group—and how you can take part. Wayumi is a one-week adventure on NTM’s 100-acre campus in scenic central Pennsylvania. www.ntm.org
This short-term, volunteer internship is designed for Christian college students or recent graduates who seek greater flexibility in a short-term international student ministry experience under veteran ISI staff. This option provides superb ministry experience under the careful mentoring of experienced international student ministry experts. www.isionline.org
The Christar Summer Training and Outreach Programs (FirstSTOP) are hands-on learning experiences. Classroom instruction comes alive as students have extensive opportunities to witness cross-culturally to Chinese or Muslims.
Opportunities in Other Countries
Café 1040 is an intensely experiential three-month training program inside the 10/40 Window, exposing Christian college students and other young adults to mission among the unreached. Participants study language, culture, history, religion and technology and are exposed to field survival, cultural immersion, and people groups. This hands-on, real-world training is preparing the emerging generation for possible long-term service in mission. www.cafe1040.com/
The Edge, a short-term ministry of PIONEERS, is mobilizing and mentoring this generation to passionately follow Jesus and discover their role in the Great Commission. Spend 4-8 weeks living among people whose culture is dominated by spiritual darkness. www.pioneers.org/edge
ELIC’s Engage opportunities are designed for college students and recent graduates, allowing them to see the bigger picture of ELIC as they work with teenagers during the day and university students at night in Hong Kong, then travel to Vietnam, Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia or mainland China.
The Introduction to Business As Mission (iBAM) course is designed to take men and women with a calling to business and mission and to equip them on their journey to become servant leaders and entrepreneurs for the Kingdom of God. A five-week course in Chiang Mai, Thailand covers all aspects of BAM plus visits to local businesses and BAM practitioners. www.businessasmission.com
INTENSIVE Professional and Cultural Training (iPACT) will show you what it takes to live a life of sacrifice in love and transformation among the least-reached peoples of the Muslim world. If you need “training” before you go to the field long-term, and you are prepared to experience 5-9 weeks of humility, adventure and discipleship, iPACT teams are for you! You’ll be put to the test through foundational Bible teaching, Kingdom-building and faith-building exercises, language learning and contextualization to honor and respect other cultures. http://frontiers.org/ipact
Campus Crusade for Christ offers more than 150 unique summer projects, many of which are overseas. Some are 10 weeks long, others just a week. You might be reaching out to college campuses or engaging unreached groups. http://gosummerproject.com/
Maybe you’re not ready to start a mission career, but you still want to explore your options for missions. Wycliffe can help with plenty of opportunities all over the world for you to see what God is doing in Bible translation. www.wycliffe.org/Go
The GoCorps is a partnership of eight sending organizations that exists to create a clear and achievable path for recent graduates of all ages to give their first two years after graduation to serve among the least-reached globally. The GoCorps, an initiative of the SVM2-USA network, addresses the five biggest barriers that keep non-ministry majors from serving overseas on a mid-term mission of two years or longer among the least-reached. GoCorps volunteers are able to go from interested to overseas in just seven months. The application process will help them to find the best fit overseas placement with the right sending organization, and allow them to be overseas serving among the least-reached in the autumn after they graduate. Early application deadline is January 15, 2010. http://www.GoCorps.org
This is a 12-lesson course that combines typical assignments with experiential activities and on-line interactions in an integrated, multi-disciplinary learning environment. Each lesson is taught by a different Muslim or Christian expert. The textbook has more than 80 authors, providing a broad range of perspectives on Islam. www.encounteringislam.org
The XPlore study is a small but powerful tool—a six-week small group discussion guide designed for students who are just starting out in their World Christian journey. Full of Scripture, stories, statistics, and tools, XPlore focuses on God’s Word, God’s World and God’s Work, attempting to help each student begin to find his or her role in Christ’s global purpose. www.everyethne.org
Bring this exciting one-day (or weekend) conference to your church or ministry’s college students. Led by some of the top speakers/mobilizers in the USA, this multi-media, interactive experience will take students through the Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic dimensions of the World Christian movement. www.thebodybuilders.net
Other mission agencies offer good resources for students and student mobilizers. Learn about other agencies based in North America through these websites: