When you became a follower of Jesus, God drew you into his global mission. God's passion is for his glory to fill the earth as the waters cover the sea and for the gospel to reach all peoples. God chooses ordinary men and women and calls them to partner in this mission. In this module we'll look at calling in scripture, how to know if God is calling you, key aspects of calling and how calling develops, as well as hearing testimonies of how others who are now serving overseas were called by God.
The phrase goes, unless you know the questions that people are asking you cannot answer them. When entering a new culture, there will be different ways of viewing the world and different key questions that people are asking in order to make sense of the world. In this module we will explore worldview and key grids that many people interpret the world through. We'll look at honour and shame, the importance of reciprocal relationships and the importance of narrative and story telling.
In March 2015, David Devenish taught a whole day on culture and contextualisation, outlining why he thinks it is essential not just for those working in international contexts, but increasingly for churches to reach the communities around us. It consists of 8 teaching sessions.
This module is focused on the key role of sending churches and the importance of sending and supporting cross cultural workers well. This module has both teaching, on the importance of pastoral support and care, as well as case studies from churches that are experienced at doing this.