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Seminar: Help! We’re Going on a Short-Term Trip • Cleveland, OH

October 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - October 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


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CULTURELink seminars and resources are designed to equip you to make disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations. CULTURELink partners with mission organizations and churches to train them in the “how-to’s” of team development while preparing them for cross-cultural challenges. This class allows team leaders the opportunity to experience being part of a team themselves prior to assuming their leadership roles.

While simulating the process of equipping a short-term team, our seminars are informative, interactive, and highly relational. Each participant receives a Team Leader’s Manual complete with lesson plans for training sessions, step-by-step guidelines for discipling team members, and directives for planning the logistics of a short-term mission trip. Participants also receive a Team Member’s Manual filled with a collection of articles, devotions, and worksheets that cover all aspects to develop effective cross-cultural servants.

Whether providing disaster relief, correcting social injustices, meeting physical needs, or expanding and developing Christian ministries, CULTURELink’s practical training and resources prepare teams to successfully integrate into new cultural environments.


Led by an experienced CULTURELink instructor, seminar participants are guided through ten training sessions that equip them to prepare their teams before, during, and after their cross-cultural experience.

This seminar will be taught by Ryan Hurlburt, Program Director at CULTURELink since 2011. Prior to serving with CULTURELink, he was the director of teams for another mission organization. Ryan has led multiple teams throughout Latin America, Europe, and Africa. With a background in youth ministry, Ryan has also developed a specialty niche with youth teams, but also leads teams of mixed ages; as small as 5 and as large as 80 members. Regardless of ages or team size, his heart is to strategically develop servants to impact the globe. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Ryan and his wife, Katharine, have lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 2009. They also have a two-year-old son, Asher.

*On occasion, the class instructor changes due to scheduling conflicts.


I have experienced the damage, locally and globally, that short-term teams can cause to the work that took long-term missionaries years to build because of a lack of training. Having now received numerous teams trained by CULTURELink, our local and global ministries have been blessed. This training helps to deploy servants that build up our work and partner with us for the long haul.
~ Adili Kea, Liaison • Royal Kids School (Kenya); Director of Operations • Atlanta Dream Center

I wish I had this training six years ago. I’ve been on thirty international trips, but through this training I have learned so much about leadership, team building skills, and spiritual & practical preparation for my teams.
~ Seminar Participant • Woodstock, GA


When: October 27 – 28, 2017
Where: Cuyahoga Valley Church, 5055 E Wallings Rd, Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Cost: $179.00 (includes: Seminar Instruction, Interactive Materials, Team Member’s Manual, Team Leader’s Manual, and Dinner on Friday and Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday)


  • Embassy Suites • Rockside | (216) 986-9900
  • Crown Plaza • Cleveland South | (877) 227-6963
  • Courtyard Marriott | (216) 901-9988
  • DoubleTree Hotel | (216) 447-1300



5:00 – 5:30PM: Registration & Light Supper
5:30 – 9:30PM

  • Short-term Missions Training Philosophy
  • Session 1: Getting Started


7:30 – 8:00AM: Continental Breakfast

8:00AM – 12:00PM

  • Session 2: Cultural Research
  • Session 3: Becoming Cross-cultural
  • Session 4 & 5: Ministry Preparation & Team Building

12:00 – 12:30PM: Lunch

12:30 – 2:30PM

  • The Seven-Step Process
  • Session 6: Travel, Packing, and Health
  • Session 7: Final Countdown

2:30 – 5:00PM

  • Session 8: Living the Experience
  • Session 9: Debriefing and Re-entry
  • Session 10: Home and Looking Forward


We are grateful to the following organizations and churches for their partnership and support:

Cuyahoga Valley Church • Operation Mobilization • SEND Int’l • SCORE Int’l • Cru • Global Focus • New Wilmington Missions Conference • Eastern European Ministries Network • Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock, AR) • First Baptist Church Woodstock (GA) • and MANY others!

Questions and Additional Information
Contact us by phone at 770-973-8809 or visit www.culturelinkinc.org.


October 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
October 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Cuyahoga Valley Church
5055 East Wallings Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147 United States
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