IN SERVICE TRAINING – MISSIONARY APPRENTICESHIP
If you are serious about missions, and if you want to make the Great Commission your supreme ambition, you should prayerfully consider applying for Frontline Fellowship's in-service missionary training programme.
WHY MISSIONARY APPRENTICESHIP?
All too many rush into short term missions without adequate training in evangelism or cross-cultural missions, without understanding the various religions and worldviews they will have to encounter and without an effective grasp of tried and field tested missionary strategy and tactics. On the other hand others get tied up in years of academic studies far removed from the hard realities of the mission fields and few end up actually persevering and succeeding in a missionary career. The attrition rate of first term missionary volunteers giving up is destabilizing missions worldwide. We need character development and in-service apprenticeship. Frontline Fellowship offers a practical, tried and tested balance between training and outreach.
WHAT IS FRONTLINE FELLOWSHIP?
Frontline Fellowship is an indigenous African mission based in Cape Town South Africa. For over 34 years Frontline Fellowship has pioneered missionary outreaches in restricted access areas and to neglected people groups in Africa. Its priorities are Leadership Training, Literature Distribution and Love in Action.
WHO DIRECTS THE MISSIONARY TRAINING PROGRAMME?
The Missionary Training Programme is under the personal supervision of veteran African missionary Dr. Peter Hammond – the Founder and Director of Frontline Fellowship. Rev. Hammond is the author of, amongst others, The Greatest Century of Missions, the Discipleship Handbook, Faith Under Fire in Sudan, Putting Feet to Your Faith and the Great Commission Manual. Since 1982 Peter Hammond has pioneered missions to Mozambique, Angola and Sudan. He has ministered in 36 countries on four continents.
Dr. Hammond has designed numerous leadership training programmes, some of which have been adopted by Christian universities and Bible Colleges. He has developed the Discipleship Training Course, the Biblical Worldview Summit, the Great Commission Course, the Muslim Evangelism Workshop and The Reformation Conference. Peter is regularly involved in personal, literature, film evangelism and preaching in some of the most neglected areas, in the streets of squatter camps, inner city ghettos, in prisons, military bases and hospitals.
WHAT DOES THE MISSIONARY TRAINING PROGRAMME INVOLVE?
Those who sign up for Frontline Fellowship’s Missionary Training Programme will receive 18 months of in-service missionary apprenticeship. This will include a library programme with book reports required, intensive lectures with written exams required, numerous practicals with personal evaluations given, many outreaches and varied opportunities for practical missionary service.
The MTP will be intensive and demanding. For much of the time the Trainee will be based at Livingstone House, the missionary headquarters of Frontline Fellowship. At other times the Trainee will be at courses and conferences or based at other mission stations. The Trainee will be challenged, instructed, inspired, and involved in a wide variety of tasks ranging from the physical and mundane to the spiritual and demanding. The programme is designed to stretch minds and muscles and to deepen the devotional life of the Trainee. We give high priority to character development in order to produce dedicated, dependable, disciples who will improvise, adapt and overcome all obstacles and opposition to complete their mission to the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At the successful conclusion of the MTP 18 months the Trainee may be recognised as a Field Worker and receive a Certificate from Frontline Fellowship. If the written book reports and assignments are satisfactorily completed, the Trainee could also receive a Certificate or Diploma from the William Carey Bible Institute as well.
WHEN DOES THE MISSIONARY TRAINING BEGIN:
The essential selection and training course which all trainees for the MTP must first complete is the Great Commission Course (GCC) held in Cape Town each year.
WHAT DOES THE MTP COST?
The total amount for the 18 months in-service training for the MTP will cost $4500 per annum – subject to change without notice (if exchange rates and prices force us to), which includes the following:
GCC – Great Commission Course
BWS – Biblical Worldview Seminar
Missions within and outside South Africa
Accommodation (sometimes quite rough or primitive in some field situations)
Meals (breakfast and lunch – weekdays only at the Mission base).
It will also include numerous textbooks and manuals and access to the William Carey Bible Institute library and audio resources. (Of course air tickets to and from Cape Town will be an additional expense, as will any incidentals or personal expenses. Trainees will also be expected to arrive equipped with basic missionary equipment: boots, backpack, sleeping bag, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, mosquito net, etc. Should any of these items be hard to obtain at home, they can easily be purchased in Cape Town). The cost for the MTP can be paid in monthly, or quarterly, installments, with post-dated cheques, or by direct deposit, or wire transfer.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE MTP?
1.Complete an Application Form for Frontline Fellowship
- available upon request from Frontline Fellowship, P O Box 74, Newlands 7725, Cape Town, South Africa or firstname.lastname@example.org
2.Obtain at least two letters of recommendation – one of which must be from your pastor – please include these with your Application.
3.Attend the next Great Commission Course in Cape Town (first 3 weeks of January).
AFTER COMPLETING THE MTP WILL THERE BE FURTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES?
Yes! The MTP is just the beginning. Many opportunities for further training and service will be available to those who successfully complete the MTP. As a Field Worker you could then apply for a further one, two, or three years, in-service training programme which would involve more field outreaches along with further study with the William Carey Bible Institute. Alternatively you could apply for any other mission or Bible College. The MTP will practically prepare you for further effective missionary study and service – whether with our mission or any other.
STEPS TO MISSIONARY STUDY AND SERVICE
P O Box 74, Newlands 7725,
Cape Town, South Africa.
Request, or download, an Application Form and complete it. Obtain References/Letters of Recommendation from your pastor and others who know you well, such as your employer or principal. Send the Application Form and Letters of Recommendation to FF, by post (e-mail or fax).
Attend the next Great Commission Course in Cape Town.
Commit to the 18 months in-service Missionary Apprenticeship.
After graduating from the missionary trainingprogramme you can sign up for a further two to three years and qualify as a Missionary through practical service and academic studies.
Once you have successfully completed all the courses, Book reports, assignments, practicals, field trips, outreaches and exams you may graduate from the William Carey Bible Institute with a Diploma in Missions and be commissioned as a Missionary of Frontline Fellowship, (this could take 3 or 4 years).
For further information, contact:
P O Box 74 Newlands, 7725
Cape Town South Africa