Be equipped for joining with us in long-term mission! Our Pre-Field Training and Orientation course prepares you for living and serving in a cross-cultural environment, whilst focusing on your spiritual growth.
“I can honestly say the training has helped me feel more prepared, by the grace of God, to serve Him effectively in a church planting team anywhere in the world – despite my skills being in design not theology! I’d encourage anyone going overseas to engage in good cross-cultural training…”
Throughout both phases of the course, training takes place at our Centre for the Nations in Llanelli, South Wales. During the six month programme we seek to enlarge your worldview, help you to engage with Jesus’ commission to make disciples of all nations, and teach you how to share your faith in diverse contexts.
This course is suitable for:
- Those over the age of 18 – including couples and families.
- People applying for a specific long-term opportunity within a World Horizons team.
- Those who feel called to work with World Horizons, to engage with God’s heart for the nations, even if they are not yet sure where God is calling them or what they will do.
Our Pre-Field Training and Orientation Course is designed to prepare trainees to work effectively in cross-cultural teams around the world. Character development and community building are essential parts of this preparation. The course provides a highly interactive, exciting and intensive training experience. We include a team-building focussed week using outdoor activities to explore the challenges of working together, communication and leadership.
Trainees form a strong community which models the stimulating and challenging context of overseas work in cross-cultural teams. This provides the setting for essential teaching on spiritual formation, Biblical understanding, cross-cultural principles, equipping for service and practical preparation.
The programme we offer is full and varied, giving trainees opportunities to receive specific teaching, engage in group work and discussion and have time for personal study. We encourage trainees to take responsibility for their own learning, identifying and reflecting on their own personal development throughout the course. About one third of the course is structured around lectures and academic learning, whilst the remainder is practical, thereby providing varied learning opportunities. Classroom-based learning is consolidated and put into practice in a community context as trainees serve with the local church, sharing the love of Jesus with children, young people and/or multicultural communities.
Trainees also spend a week in a culturally diverse part of London where they have the opportunity to visit places of worship and receive teaching on different religions. They will serve alongside the local church in their outreach and hear testimony from those who have come to faith from other religious backgrounds.
One of the key elements of the course is gaining a greater understanding of our vision and values, thus helping trainees to integrate into the global family of World Horizons. Experience shows us that this is best achieved through building relationships and working together with other members of World Horizons. With this in mind, trainees are assigned to serve in one of the ministry teams at our Centre for the Nations, and will be given specific tasks and responsibilities. Trainees also join those who work in the centre for regular times of prayer and worship, learning about the many different ministries of World Horizons around the world.
The course is split into two phases. During the first phase (September to December), all trainees live together in dormitory accommodation at our Centre for the Nations where the training takes place. Separate rooms are provided for families and married couples.
We have found that living in a community context is one of the most valuable experiences we can offer trainees. Sharing catering and cleaning duties on a rota basis gives everyone the opportunity to serve others and learn important practical skills. This context offers valuable team-building experiences and encourages the development of strong friendships between trainees of different nationalities, backgrounds and ages. Experiencing cross-cultural relationships in such a practical way is excellent preparation for life as part of a team anywhere in the world. Friendships often continue long beyond the end of the course, giving each trainee a support network around the world.
During the second phase of the Pre-Field Training and Orientation course (January to March), trainees are encouraged to live in the local community, usually in rented accommodation or lodging, rather than at our centre.
Trainees participate in a short overseas trip to visit one of our existing teams around the world. The trip gives trainees an insight into what it means to be working in full-time ministry overseas, as well as an understanding of how individuals have managed the different stages of transition. It is also an opportunity to support and encourage those teams practically by getting involved with their work and serving where they can.
Please email us for an application form and a more detailed explanation of the course’s vision and learning outcomes. The application process for joining World Horizons also serves as the application for the Pre-Field Training and Orientation Course. There are no separate application forms to complete.
This course is taught in English; trainees will need to be able to communicate easily and effectively in both written and spoken English.
Total cost for the course 2017/2018 is £2,300 per person
This is broken down into:
Pre-Field Training and Orientation – Phase One
September to December 2017 – £1,800
This covers all training costs as well as food and accommodation.
Pre-Field Training and Orientation – Phase Two
January to March 2018 – £500
This covers all training costs – but does not cover food and accommodation. Click here for more information about the cost of living in Llanelli.
During Phase Two you will be planning and leading an expedition (tbc). The cost of this trip is not included in the break down above. We estimate that the expedition will cost £500 including flights.