The Cross-Cultural Essentials curriculum is designed to help equip believers to be effective in providing people access to God’s Truth through evangelism and discipleship. The 10 modules can be used in all areas of discipleship, including one-on-one teaching and bible studies, all the way to cross-cultural missionary training and church planting. Each module contains tutorials that are presented in PDF and MP3 format and video. They are also available as textbooks. Many experienced church planters, Bible translators, pastors and authors have contributed to the creation of this training tool kit.
10 Modules in 4 Foundational Areas
God’s Narrative: Genesis to Christ
Covers the first part of God’s Narrative. Beginning in Genesis, it gives an overview from His Word of His interactions with men and women throughout history, right up to the life of Christ.
God’s Narrative Continues: New Identity and Acts
Begins by looking back at the Biblical Narrative from Genesis to Christ from a totally new perspective: from the point of view of a new believer. Then the course continues to unpack the narrative of Acts.
Living in God’s Narrative: Romans and Thessalonians
Takes a journey through the books of Romans and 1st & 2nd Thessalonians. The course covers them through a narrative framework in the context of the overall story of the Bible.
Communication and Culture
Starts by focusing on God’s desire to communicate clearly. Then provides an in-depth exploration of culture; what it is, and how we can understand it and finishes by giving an introduction to the major principles of becoming a clear communicator in another culture.
Language and Linguistics
Equips participants in some of the more technical areas of language and linguistics. It gives introductions and practical exercises in areas like phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, language and meaning, semantics, pragmatics and more.
Culture and Language Acquisition
Begins by evaluating and understanding our own worldview. Then it gives a practical guide for culture & language learning, with a cross-cultural learning handbook and practice exercises to do in the community.
Word, Identity, Life, Discipleship (WILD)
Answers the question, do we need a goal when we are involved in church planting and discipleship? It describes four different areas of growth in the Body – Word, Identity, Life and Discipleship – and how to encourage growth in each area.
Resourcing the Church
Covers three areas – an Introduction to Bible translation, then a series on developing a literacy program and finally a guide to developing Bible teaching resources for the church.
Real Church Case Studies
Using video interviews and the W.I.L.D framework, Paul Mac and Rich Brown discuss church planting and discipleship in light of real-life church planting efforts from around the world.
Exploring your Ministry Context
This module is an assignment project which has participants reasearch and explore the culture and context they are intending on moving to.
Taught by experienced
We value contributions based on current, relevant experience and have been blessed with a wealth of it to draw on. Our staff are experienced, but we also rely heavily on adjunct contributors to teach in their areas of expertise. Those teaching in each curriculum area are currently working or consulting in that area of expertise.
Valuing careful church planting
and discipleship principles
Our driving focus is to equip believers to be a part of reaching the neediest people groups with the clear message of the gospel. We would love to see mature churches functioning in many more of these groups. In that light, we seek to carefully present principles that build toward long term church planting and discipleship objectives.
Church planting and
The curriculum equips people to understand the principles and practice of areas such as culture and language learning, relationship building, literacy work, Bible translation, Bible teaching, discipleship and church health and growth. These principles that are foundational in carefully preparing, and then sharing the Truth also apply to own, increasing multi-cultural communities, as people seek to build meaningful relationships with neighbours and friends from other backgrounds.
Activities & questions
Tutorials include questions and activities which encourage participants to put into practice what they’re learning.
Delivered online in PDF, Audio, Video and for some modules they are also available as physical books.
Translation projects are underway in German, French, Swahili and Spanish. Contact us about getting the curriculum in other languages.
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