As intimidating as it may seem, God actually calls local churches to prepare people for mission. IMB Training equips churches with essential tools for raising up faithful cross-cultural workers. So much of missionary training is basic discipleship—loving and following Christ. IMB Training resources work with the discipleship efforts of local churches. Our materials and courses are practical, current, and culturally informed. We draw upon the experience and wisdom of practicing missionaries from around the world so that local churches can better fulfill God's calling at home.
The IMB has developed two new online training tools for churches.
Spend 15 to 20 minutes at a time in our focused reading collections for an introduction to topics and concepts that are integral to missions.
Engage in more in-depth missions training that equips you with necessary tools for cross-cultural discipleship at home and abroad.
We believe training is the key to biblical and faithful missionary service. In order to be disciple makers, we must be discipled. We look to Jesus’s example of discipleship: life-on-life formation that happens in community. This is why we move training out of the lecture hall into the real world.
Missions training is more than just a transfer of information. It is the knowledge and skills that transform our character that affects our patterns of behavior. We like to think of this in terms of knowing, being, and doing. What we know changes who we are, which is evident in what we do.
Whether we’re training people to plant churches or to participate in accountability reports, we organize our efforts around knowing, being, and doing. It turns out, this is how disciples are made—we read God’s Word, which informs our thoughts. Right thinking transforms who we are on the inside, which then leads us to act more like Jesus (and less like our sinful selves!). This pattern applies to training God’s people for mission.
We approach missions training from three major categories: training for churches, training for missionaries, and training new disciples in other places to make disciples.