We want to help you join God’s work on our fields in the easiest way possible!
No advance training is necessary for those serving on short-term missions since you will be doing most of your learning on the field. Read about our AIM trips, a Vision Trips, an Internships, or Apprenticeships, and if one of these is a door you believe God is opening for you, fill out the FastTrack Application [hyperlink] and email it to our Global Opportunities Team. We will contact you by phone.
CAREER AND TENTMAKING MISSIONS
BMW’s pre-field development process involves three stages of training to help you meet your educational and fundraising goals. Your long-term success in prefield ministry and out on the field is our goal. Each stage of BMW’s training involves prior reading assignments and online interaction with classmates.
|Stage 1: Candidate Seminar|
Pre-field training begins with Candidate Seminar, conducted for two weeks every July. The first week is a time for us to get to know you through assessments and conversations, and for you to get to know us, to learn our take on missions, cross-cultural living, evangelism, discipleship, culture, the local church, teamwork, leadership, third-culture kids, and what makes BMW tick. In the second week, we will equip the career missions group to enlist ministry partners for prayer and financial support. You will also leave BMW with a Personal Development Plan to guide your learning and growth.
|INTENT Tentmaker Training|
During the second week of Candidate Seminar, BMW offers the alternative of INTENT Tentmaker Training to those who will be involved in bivocational marketplace ministry on the field. This newer cutting-edge training, involving several Atlanta-area businesspersons with a heart for overseas marketplace ministry, includes topics such as tentmaker basics, business ethics and integrity, business planning, entrepreneurship, cross-cultural leadership, resumes & job placement, tentmaker schizophrenia, platform dynamics, small business accounting, time management, and project management.
|Stage 2: Rel8 Seminar|
In January, six months later, you will return to BMW for a week of training in the ReL8 Seminar and Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship. ReL8 addresses the hugely important concepts of cultural dimensions, cultural intelligence, and adaptability. Good Soil trains you to discern the understanding and receptivity levels of your unbelieving friends and neighbors, and to transition into gospel conversations with concepts that address their worldview.
|Stage 3: Field-Prep Seminar|
In July, six months later, if your prefield ministry and fundraising are drawing to a close, you will come back to BMW for Field Prep Seminar, your final two weeks of training. We’ll examine church-planting more in-depth, competing worldviews, cross-cultural apologetics, insider movements, missionary ethics, teamwork issues, culture shock, adjusting as a family, handling finances from overseas, etc. From there, you will prepare to leave for the field.
Acceptance into the Mission Family normally takes place during initial Candidate Seminar. You then become an “Appointee.” Your Area Director will work with you to receive an invitation from the field; you may be required to visit that field after Candidate Seminar to get acquainted with field personnel.
We want you to succeed, and having insufficient funds in a new foreign place can bring crushing discouragement, so appointees are expected to raise 100% of their required monthly support and outgoing expenses before they are approved to depart for language school or their first field assignment.
GETTING THE BALL ROLLING
If you have questions about the Career or Tentmaker training process, please give us a call at 770.339.3500 or write to the Global Opportunities Team and they will be glad to help out.
If you feel this is God’s next step for you, fill in our Preliminary Questionnaire and email it to us. Two things will happen: we will email you to confirm we received the PQ, and we will contact your home church to secure their recommendation.
Once your home church provides us with a positive recommendation, you will be sent an Application. Emailing in your Application begins the training process mentioned above.