How to Think & Act Like a Missionary: One Week

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How to Think & Act Like a Missionary: One Week


There are many missional training opportunities for anyone moving overseas, but most of them require several weeks or partnership with a missions organization. So Upstream is stepping into the gap with our very own one-week pre-field training intensive called How to Think & Act Like a Missionary: One Week. It will take place in Louisville, Kentucky on May 14-20, 2018.

Leaders will include Larry McCrary, Caleb Crider, Nathan Garth, Debbie Stephens, and Bradley Bell. The curriculum involves both theory and practice on the streets of Louisville, covering the following topics:

  • Sent identity
  • Following the Spirit
  • Understanding worldview
  • Contextualization 
  • Mapping
  • Engaging tribes
  • Cultural exegesis
  • Understanding Catholicism 
  • Understanding post-Christian culture
  • Marriage overseas
  • Singleness overseas
  • Orality in Western societies
  • Teaming and personalities
  • Working with short-term teams
  • Engaging immigrants and refugees
  • Suffering
  • Resolving conflict
  • Security and crisis management
  • Developing Advocacy Teams
  • Leaving well
  • Arriving well

The recommended donation is $750 per person (accommodations, transportation, and some meals not included). Contact us with any questions, or sign up below.

Bringing your children? Contact us for customizable childcare options.

Want more details? Check out this SAMPLE SCHEDULEAnd see this RECAP from a recent Pre-Field Missional Training. 

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"Upstream Pre-Field Missional Training is a blessing to any missionary/future missionary. The depth of topics, taught by experienced missionaries, focused on practical implementation & strategy, backed by sound Biblical principles and real world results, makes this training invaluable. I give thanks for the opportunity to attend and for how God will use this training in my missional life." -Steve Sugrue from McClean Bible Church, serving in El Salvador

"Through The Upstream Collective training I was able to glean a lot of knowledge from the leaders who have great expertise and personal experience in ministry overseas. It was helpful to gain insight on how important it is to adapt to the culture I am going into. The sessions such as mapping where you live, safety and security, disciple making, leaving well, and my first 30 days were helpful sessions with applicable tools that I will be using when I move to Italy. I was able to walk away feeling more comfortable and excited about leaving for the new adventure that God has me on." -Cammie McQuilkin

"Upstream has gathered some of the most insightful, God-led, qualified (and FUN!) presenters I could imagine. The depth of knowledge is evident and their love for the global Church is contagious. What we have learned we will carry in us everywhere God leads." -Denise T., preparing to serve in Ireland

"This training was extremely helpful & very personalized to our group and our needs. We had so much one-on-one time with all of the 'teachers' in and outside of the classroom. This sometimes was the most helpful because we got to process through what we were learning over coffee or at dinner with the very people who had taught the lessons. I highly recommend this training and the facilitators!" -Amanda P. from Greenhouse Church, serving in Italy

"The intensive training topics were personally challenging, instructor selection was perfectly varied and provided a freshness to each section, and by the end of the week we were torn between not wanting to leave our new friends and wanting to jump right into using our new knowledge/skills." -Brad & Vicki from Old Capitol United Methodist Church, Corydon, IN

“The training taught me skills, tools, and a framework for my mindset in going overseas, while still managing to stay cost and time effective.” -Worker sent to Germany

“My wife and I enjoyed our time at Upstream’s Pre-Field training. We feel so much more equipped to enter the field. We highly recommend it to individuals and other churches who are looking for a good Pre-Field Missional Training.”

The Upstream training replaced a lot of my anxieties about moving overseas with confidence and optimism in the Lord. The trainers all taught with a great deal of humility and care, and each was extremely qualified." -Professional sent to Germany

“The Upstream Collective did an excellent job in helping to prepare me to go overseas as a gospel worker. The training was packed with helpful, practical, Gospel-centered, and encouraging sessions – from soul care to learning how to map the place you’re going – these are so needed for preparation. I feel like my tool belt is now more adequately equipped for the work God has before me.” -Worker sent to the Middle East

“The Upstream team truly desires to see the gospel spread to the nations. The training equipped us to engage our city and the people around us, and the team showed its heart for the nations by being honest and accessible. I cannot recommend this highly enough.” -Urban Worker sent to the Middle East

“Upstream has a great emphasis on the local church and what it is to be missional. The leaders are grounded in the grace of the Gospel of Jesus and their wisdom and experience are helpful for those who are preparing to be sent ones.” -Worker sent to Middle East

“The training has been invaluable. The Upstream team taught us skills for the field and then allowed us to go practice them. I loved the honesty, openness, and accessibility of the whole team.” -Worker sent to the Middle East