Helipad Online Training: Coming Summer 2020

Sometimes being sent requires a helipad, not a runway—especially for those headed to the marketplace or university without a lot of time to prepare for the transition.

The Upstream Collective is committed to equipping, not only churches, but also those desiring to live, work, and study overseas. We want to empower you to live out the gospel with intentionality.

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic we are moving our summer Helipad Live Workshop to an online training. This pre-field cross-cultural training is designed to equip overseas workers with the tools and resources to engage and thrive in an alternative culture.

We are offering the same content that you would receive in a weekend training, with bonus sessions that we would not typically have time for. We also have the opportunity to utilize more presenters, that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be present, AND you get to do this from the comfort of your own home. It’s a win, win!

The majority of the sessions will be offered with a live presenter via Zoom Web Conferencing. Other sessions will be recorded and you can watch them at your leisure. We will record all live sessions, as well, but you are encouraged to attend so that you can interact with the presenters and other participants.

The particulars are listed below. We look forward to serving your cross-cultural training needs through this jam-packed weekend.

For more information contact Debbie Stephens, Director of Training at debbie@theupstreamcollective.org.

You can register here.


When: Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cost: $150 per person, $225 per couple


Thursday, June 25

4 pm – 6 pm 7 pm – 8 pm

Creating a Personal Development Plan

Sent Identity – Sent Well from your Church

Alternate Pathways

Five Key Components To Life Overseas

Cultural Adaptation

Friday, June 26

4 pm – 6 pm 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (For Marketplace Workers)

Leaving Well – Relational

Leaving Well – Checklists and Commissioning

Building Advocacy – Missionary Health Diagnostic

Building Advocacy – Establishing Advocacy Team

Session for Marketplace Workers – Global Trends in Marketplace

Session for Marketplace Workers – Overseas Job Search Strategies

Saturday, June 27

8 am – 10 am 11am – 1 pm 2 pm – 4 pm 5 pm – 7 pm

Spirit Led

Introduction To Mapping Where You Live, Work, and Play

Mapping – Evangelism Engagement Strategies

Marriage on the Field / Being Single on the Field Breakout Sessions

Raising Families on the Field

Cultural Exegesis – Learning From Your New Culture

Contextualization – What Does the Gospel Look Like in your New Culture

Persons of Peace / Tribes / Starting Gospel Conversations

Soul Care – Taking Care of Yourself

Teaming and Handling Conflict

Sunday, June 28

2 pm – 4 pm

Spiritual Warfare – Fighting an Unseen Enemy

Getting Started – Intentionality, Taking Initiative, Being a Learner, Humility, Hospitality,


Helipad Take Off – Review Personal Development Plan

Additional Topics offered through recorded sessions to watch on your own.

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