SEAMIST understands the needs for
both pre-field and field training that prepares and equips the
missionary and his or her family for the rigors of living and
working in a world hostile to the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ! We use a variety of ways and means to accomplish our
SEAMIST Missions Training
Center, Philippines: SEAMIST operates a pre-field
training center for our missionary trainees in Cebu,
Philippines. This is our main means of getting missionaries out
of the church and into the harvest fields. At the training
center, we offer rounds of courses to prepare the workers. Here
they study theory as well as practice the skills they will need
to effectively preach the gospel and successfully plant churches
in hard to reach people groups.
Courses regularly taught include
indigenous church planting, how to learn a language, strategic
spiritual warfare, world religions, the World Missions Course,
analysis - planning - management, leadership courses, support
raising, courses on field life, and more. These courses are all
designed to lay a foundation for a life of missions ministry.
The schedule is intense, we try to do all within two to three
Theory is nice, but practice is
better. We chose the Philippines for training because it allows
us to also introduce our trainees to Asian thinking, values, and
relationships. We do some church planting here "for practice" as
well as working to reach unreached groups nearby. Our trainees
have opportunity to participate and even to lead church planting
efforts. We involve that in as much of the process of
establishing churches as possible.
Field Training: The
best place to train workers in right in the place they will
work. We try to get our trainees established on the field with
seasoned workers nearby to oversee and advise them as soon as
possible. The best scenario is for the trainees to work with a
team that is already reaching the same people group, but that is
not always possible.
The first year or 18 months of
field training is always focused on language and cultural
acquisition. We know the value of having workers that are
comfortable in another culture and able to communicate
effectively. Our approach is "learner, trader, teacher".
Oversight on the field is strengthened by careful planning,
written training agreements, and good team leaders. Every
trainee knows the priorities, the goals, and the methods they
are to use, and that someone is there to help and encourage.
SEAMIST Online Training
Center: SEAMIST desires to "equip the saints to do the
work of the ministry". We offer some of our training online to
recruit and to equip potential candidates for missionary
service. The online courses are primarily theory, but the
greatest value to some of the courses offered is that they are
supervised by experienced field missionaries. This provides an
invaluable resource for the potential missionary as they work
out the details of their calling in a relationship with a
missionary mentor. Visit our Online Training
Conferences, Seminars and
Training Events: These events always encourage the
workers and are the prefect tool for upgrading skills and
helping even the most seasoned of missionaries to evaluate and
adjust their methods and strategies.
Networking with other
Organizations and Agencies: SEAMIST is open to any form
of partnership or association that helps us realize our vision.
We offer what we have to others, and gladly receive any
assistance that will help us reach our goals. Through our
Associates program, we reach out to those with similar
vision and purpose for South East Asia in hopes that working
together we can all do more to bring glory to our Lord.
SEAMIST makes some of our own training resources available on
our website as well as links to other sites that can help equip
missionaries. Some of the materials are free, some are for sale.
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