Curriculum

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ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

 

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Curriculum Goal

The goal of CULTURELink’s curriculum is to provide a systematic, interactive training approach to preparing a short-term mission team for ministry. No matter the team’s destination, a group focused on discipleship will develop spiritually, both personally and corporately, by following the CULTURELink curriculum.

Regardless of the specific ministry task or location, every team needs to be trained in basic issues such as cultural sensitivity and the development of a support team. Additionally, when it comes to ministry task preparation, it is expected that leaders will personalize and supplement these materials to suit their teams’ needs. CULTURELink hopes that this curriculum, coupled with the innovation of each leader, will bring life and excitement to the training process.

Curriculum Use

The CULTURELink curriculum is not limited to overseas missions. The processes and training topics included are equally relevant to stateside work.

Many churches integrate CULTURELink’s training program, both the Team Member’s Manual and the Team Leader’s Manual, as part of their small group ministries. In 2011, we revised and substantially expanded the CULTURELink curriculum, providing leaders with instructions for systematically leading teams through the training process and guiding team members through the practical and spiritual preparations necessary for a successful trip that yields eternal significance.

The Team Leader’s Manual


The Team Leader’s Manual is divided into five sections:

Section 1: Leader’s Orientation
Philosophically sets the direction for training a team.

Section 2: Short-Term Missions Impact
Helps leaders achieve maximum impact in their local churches through their short-term trips.

Section 3: The Seven-Step Process
Explains the process of choosing a short-term mission project, selecting a team, training participants, preparing them for reentry, and introducing many other logistical issues that must be considered when leading a cross-cultural team.

Section 4: Training Sessions
Leaders are guided through ten training sessions. Each session is outlined and can be easily followed by the leader. Devotions, objectives for each meeting, team building ideas, and assignments for the following meeting are provided. Whatever the topic of each session, the Team Leader’s Manual corresponds with the Team Member’s Manual, helping to ensure that teams will be discipled both spiritually and practically.

Topics for training are:

Pre-Field Training

Session 1: Getting Started
Session 2: Cultural Research
Session 3: Becoming Cross-Cultural
Session 4: Ministry Preparation
Session 5: Team Building
Session 6: Travel, Packing, and Health
Session 7: Final Countdown

On-the-Field Training

Session 8: Living the Experience
Session 9: Debriefing and Reentry

Post-Field Training

Session 10: Home and Looking Forward

Section 5: Appendix

Provides additional information to team leaders to enhance the training experience.

Preview the table of contents for the Team Leader’s Manual.

 
 

The Team Member’s Manual


The Team Member’s Manual is divided into ten training sessions that correspond with the sessions found in the Team Leader’s Manual. Each session includes a variety of materials such as devotions, relevant articles, worksheets, simulation games, and interactive assignments. Each item addresses topics necessary for that session’s cross-cultural preparation.

Topics for training are:

Pre-Field Training

Session 1: Getting Started
Session 2: Cultural Research
Session 3: Becoming Cross-Cultural
Session 4: Ministry Preparation
Session 5: Team Building
Session 6: Travel, Packing, and Health
Session 7: Final Countdown

On-the-Field Training

Session 8: Living the Experience
Session 9: Debriefing and Reentry

Post-Field Training

Session 10: Home and Looking Forward

This stimulating and interactive curriculum will facilitate team members’ discovery and enthusiasm as they learn what it means to cross cultural borders to impact the world for eternity.

Preview the table of contents for the Team Member’s Manual.