Event

Essential Mission Components

Who
ABWE Missionaries
When
Every July

IDEAL FOR

  • Prefield Missionaries (REQUIRED)
  • ABWE Short-Term and Long-Term Missionaries (SUGGESTED)
  • US Pastors and Church Planters (BY INVITATION)

Open to participants by invitation only, Essential Missions Components (EMC) is a highly interactive, week-long course held at the ABWE International Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA.

Taught by a team of experienced ABWE missionaries who represent all major areas of the ABWE world, most of the training is done in small group, simulation-based settings designed to equip you for cross-cultural church planting that leads to national, regional, or even international church-planting and missions movements.

CHILDREN (Ages 4-13+)

During EMC, ABWE also offers Student and Teen Adventure Mission Preparation (STAMP) — a training for children ages 4 to 13+ to learn about the adjustments of living overseas and the MK (missionary kid) experience.

INFANTS AND TODDLERS (Ages 6 weeks-3 years)

ABWE has an on-site nursery staffed with loving volunteers who serve your youngest MK’s so that you can fully participate in the EMC training. All childcare workers have completed a background check and a child safety training course. Please note your child(ren's) attendance in the EMC nursery when you complete your registration, and submit a Child Care Profile online for each child attending at least two weeks prior to attending EMC, or print off form and return it to trainingevents@abwe.org.

PREREQUISITE COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

After your request to enroll in EMC has been approved, you will receive instructions and tools for completing the prerequisite assignments (see details below for more information). Completion of these assignments is required before EMC course registration. Registration closes one month prior to the event.

1. All participants will be required to complete the country/city-specific research on the categories included in the Eco-factor PowerPoint cards (provided upon enrollment) and submit the PowerPoint cards for evaluation.

2. All participants will need to develop a solid, workable knowledge of the dominant religious worldview of the church planting context(s) in which you will be/are by completing a Religious Worldview Grid (provided upon enrollment).

3. ABWE prefielders only: are required to lead a new believer through The Way to Joy and lead an unbeliever through The Story of Hope.

4. All participants should read the following books and articles and be prepared to discuss them in the course:

ABWE Prefielders: Submit assignments according to instructions on your "My Assignments" page on ABWE Central

Other Attendees: Submit assignments to PDFcourses@abwe.org

Related Resources

Student and Teen Adventure in Mission Preparation (STAMP)

Held in conjunction with EMC, STAMP is a training opportunity for children ages 4 to 13+ to learn about the adjustments of living overseas and the MK (missionary kid) experience.
Resource type: Document

Child Care Profile Form

During EMC our nursery is staffed with loving volunteers who serve MK’s, ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Please register your child(ren) for the EMC Nursery, fill out one Child Profile Form per child, and return it to TrainingEvents@abwe.org, at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
Resource type: Document

Essential Mission Components Prerequisites

In order to participate in Essential Missions Components events, you must first complete these requirements by submitting the prerequisite assignments (provided upon enrollment) and reading the required books and articles.
Resource type: Document

Church-Planting Movements

All Essential Missions Components participants should read this article and be prepared to discuss it in the course.
Resource type: Document

International Missions Movements

All Essential Missions Components participants should read the attached article and be prepared to discuss it in the course.
Resource type: Document

Level III Discipleship

All Essential Missions Components participants should read the attached article on biblical mentoring and be prepared to discuss it in the course.
Resource type: Document