To equip a generation of church planters and their teams to begin new churches in all of Mexico, Latin America, and the world.
- Applicants must be a high school graduate.
- Able to commit to the entire two-month program without commitments to leave (family weddings, other commitments) – Note: if candidates miss the majority of one class, he/she will NOT receive a diploma, just a certificate of completion
- In good physical health
- Willing to live on campus unless their home is close enough to allow daily commuting
- For spouses, in agreement regarding the program:
- Legally married if coming together (civil and church ceremony preferred; not living in union libre)
- Able to pay expenses of weekend meals and weekend transport.
- Committed to a local fellowship and in good standing; submitted to counsel of their pastor.
- Willing to participate in work on campus as needed, outreaches, and meetings/prayers events after class time.
- An application MUST be received no later than May 30 with all references complete.
- Willing to be interviewed personally by program personnel.
- For singles, willing to be accountable regarding personal purity.
NOTES FOR TEACHERS
Teachers – you will be working with a translator. To that end, you want to consider that your audience is processing what you say in a different fashion. They may not be able to perceive the gestures or intonations because they are looking at a translator. So consider how you communicate.
Regarding the translator, if possible provide him/her with notes you are using. Speak in phrases, allowing them time to translate them in thoughts, not whole sentences. Make sure that they are with you. Beyond that,
1. Speak slowly and clearly— our tendency is to slur words and thoughts together without much distinction, and to speak quickly, especially if we are nervous. This can make comprehension difficult even in one’s own culture, let alone in a different country!
2. Use simple language— keep your vocabulary simple and explain any terminology no matter how familiar it is to you (even basic theological terms or descriptions)— speak plainly.
3. Reinforce what you say— don’t just repeat yourself, but re-state things in a different way, as much as you need to in making important points clear— be creative, yet clear.
4. Don’t take anything for granted— what you think is “common knowledge” often is not for those you’ll be speaking to— consider the group— age-wise, socio-economically and educationally.
5. Be respectful and considerate— most likely you will be a guest, but whatever the situation— the burden of understanding is on the speaker, not the listener— it’s our responsibility to make ourselves clear— communicating in an effective manner and at an appropriate level.
6. Keep illustrations and examples relatable in their culture—many people in rural areas have never been on an airplane, watched American football on TV, or gone to a department store. True to choose universally relatable illustrations.
Some final thoughts— always be an observant learner— What are the customary greetings? What’s “ok and not ok”? Watch for subtle things— manners, ways of doing things, interactions between people, etc.
Be a cultural learner, aware of what’s going on around you. When those you’re ministering to see this attitude in you— they will be more receptive and you’ll be building good relationships. These relationships will help you “bridge the cultural gap” between you and
others of different languages and cultures.
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