When a church-based team goes on a trip the whole church gets behind them. They raise funds before the trip, pray whilst the team are away and continue to support projects long afterwards; and when the team returns it brings a new freshness and life back into the church.
We support a range of exciting projects and mission bases all over the world that teams can visit. And the focus of the team varies depending on what is needed:
- Youth and children’s work
- Music and Worship
We have a two-fold purpose for each mission trip: for the team to be fruitful in their work, and for team members to grow and be stretched through the experience. A well-balanced itinerary is developed with our Field Coordinators and indigenous partners allowing for time to adjust to the culture, whilst also getting ‘the work’ done. All transport, accommodation, meal arrangements and visas are organised and the trips normally last 10-14 days. We normally like to start to arrange them at least 6 months before the flight date. Most team members enjoy it so much they want to repeat the mission experience!
Our policy is for all teams to be prepared before they go using quality, video-based, participative training. Training covers everything a team member will need to know from information about the culture to what to pack and how to prepare – both spiritually and physically!
Missionary Ventures has grown rapidly with short-term teams at the core of it’s activities. Let us help your church to ‘GO’.
The first initial training can be spread over a day or two, depending on how large the team is and the individual commitments. The training days can either be carried out at the Team Leaders choice, or at our offices here in Rochdale.
This is an informative, fun and relaxing time with your team leader laying down foundations for your chosen trip. You will be looking at:
- The purpose of a short term team
- Team dynamics, and team building
- Cultural issues you will be crossing into
- Serving and Giving
- Practical Preparation (costs, health, luggage etc.)
- Your Spiritual Preparation as an individual and as a team
- What you will be doing
- Journalling and Evaluating
Depending on the team you have chosen to go on, will depend on how many times you get to meet up with your team before going.
If you want to become a Team Leader please contact us, you won’t be disappointed by the training that is given, its insightful and presented in a relaxed, and fun way. Q & A’s will be interspersed throughout, and jammed packed with lots of information but times when your response will be ‘aah,’ ‘got it!’ and the like.
As a potential Team Leader you will be given the resources you will need on the day, and get to meet Missionary Ventures Director along with the Office Manager.
The day is broken up into Four sessions looking at Developing Your Confidence. . .
- 1. In Missionary Ventures
- 2. To Build and Prepare your Team
- 3. During the Trip
- 4. To Go Further
It is a days training that can either be organised at your church, here at our offices in Rochdale, or venues that will suite everyone, including Tea / Coffee, and Lunch.
This is for those who sense they have a call of God to serve in another country with us.
The Field Training/Orientation would be spread over two days where you will get to meet the Missionary Ventures Team, and includes lunch and dinner for the first day and lunch for the following day.
The following subjects are covered:
- Who is Missionary Ventures
- Policies and Procedures
- What is the Gospel and Discipleship?
- Your Spiritual Life on the Field
- Personal Finance Matters
- How MV Supports its Workers
- Crossing Cultural Boundaries
- Coping on the Field
- Successful Partnerships
- Hosting Teams
- Handling Money
- including a Q and A session
In adddition to this orientation other more extensive training is tailored to each individual or couple to prepare you for the field. This could include an internship in a selected country and language studies.
“It was helpful, with most of my anxieties being answered”
“It sealed our relationship with Missionary Ventures”
“The topics covered were relevant to what we needed to know.”
“Very good and informative, made me look at mission in a more professional and godly way.”
We have a European MV Conference bi annually, where we gather and learn and encourage each other in what God is doing around the world.
These conferences are jammed packed with worship, teaching, workshops, meeting up with the field coordinators hearing what is going on around the world, and great fellowship, food and fun. A great way to hear about the mission of Jesus around the world and to learn how you can be involved and make a difference.
We will send out e-newsletters, bulletins to church leaders, and mail-outs to all those who are on our mailing list.