God has given people, experiences, and resources to your church to impact the nations in a particular way. Does your current missions strategy reflect the call and the gifts God has given you? Through ACCESS coaching (Assisting and Coaching Churches to Effectively Send and Sustain), we will help you evaluate your current strategies and develop structures and processes that strengthen your effectiveness in cross-cultural missions.
ACCESS is mobile and can be held at any location that is convenient for you. This enables more people from your church to participate and learn together. Prior to the days together, we’ll interview pastors and missions leaders from your church and gather insight about your current missions involvement and strategies. Using this information, we’ll tailor the weelemd to fit your unique goals to help you go from where you are to where you want to be. ACCESS includes include personalized content, interactive discussions, and practical tools for implementing what you learn. We also guide you to resources that assist with future growth.
This module is the foundation and pre-requisite for all other ACCESS seminars. Through “Strategy,” we coach churches in defining, developing, and refining their cross-cultural missions strategies. Whether you have a longstanding missions program or are just getting started, we can help you align your resources with the vision and gifts God has given you. During Strategy modules, you’ll discover what God has uniquely positioned your church to do and form strategies for putting that mission into action.
ACCESS: Sending Church
We believe missions agencies serve an important role in connecting cross-cultural workers with the nations they serve, and we believe the local church plays a central role in global missions. In “Sending Church” modules we help churches understand God’s heart for the nations and His desire to work through local churches to proclaim the gospel around the world. We’ll equip you to identify, encourage, and equip cross-cultural workers in your congregation and to partner effectively with their sending agencies.
ACCESS: Care for Global Workers
More than 70% of all global workers who return "home" prematurely leave the field for preventable reasons. In “Caring for Global Workers” modules, we equip churches to build missionary care teams that are better positioned to prevent these premature departures and provide for flourishing workers. You’ll learn how to form proactive, intentional sending teams that are aware of the hardships and realities of cross-cultural work. We’ll help prepare you to care for cross-cultural workers over the long haul and welcome them back with dignifty in seasons of re-entry.
ACCESS: Partnering with Nationals
Nationals know their culture and language better than anyone else, and they’re capable of making a long-term kingdom investment in the places they live. How can we in the West develop intentional, forward-looking partnerships with such believers? In “Partnering with Nationals” modules, we help churches develop processes that benefit everyone involved. You'll discover new ways to partner with national believers on the ground and to steward those partnerships wisely.
ACCESS: Engaging Internationals
More than 80% of international students who come to the US will never set foot in an American home. Many churches are eager to change those numbers, but the biggest challenge is often knowing where to begin. In “Engaging Internationals” modules, we train churches to mobilize their people to engage with the internationals God has brought to our backyards. Through looking at God’s heart for the foreigner and the stranger among us, your congregation will discover ways to grow in their own concern for these populations and honoring ways to form lasting and meaningful friendships.