Is the Academy for you?
Do you feel a call in the direction of long-term overseas mission? If so, this may be right for you. The Missionary Academy is for anyone seeking to serve overseas with Elim as a long-term missionary. It is an essential journey of learning, encounter and practical experience to prepare you for overseas missions.
*Completing the Missionary Academy is a requirement for anyone hoping to serve as a long-term Elim Missionary. However, successful completion of the course does not automatically guarantee your acceptance as an Elim Missionary.*
The Missionary Academy seeks to equip you with necessary pre-field training, that is personally tailored for your individual needs, through: content, connecting, coaching and consultation.
The Missionary Academy has two starting dates throughout the year: September and March.
The Missionary Academy begins with a residential event at Elim International Centre in Malvern. This weekend provides an integral opportunity to meet other students who are undertaking a similar journey towards being an Elim Missionary. The course involves a strong emphasis upon personal discipleship; therefore, you will journey together through the compulsory training modules with other Missionary Academy students and create relationships that will help to support and sustain you overseas.
Our aim is to help you connect in these three ways: with God, with one another and with the mission of God.
“I believe the Missionary Academy has been a life changing experience and I am honoured to be a part of the Elim Missions family… Inspirational missionaries sharing their stories and giving us a deeper understanding of working on the mission field. I have learned so much more and the Lord has deepened my desire to get into the Word and to study. I gained a deeper understanding regarding missionary work and especially the need to understand and respect the culture we go to.”
Amanda Hamilton, 2017, Elim Missionary in Estonia.
This extensive learning experience features on-going teaching and mentoring from the Elim Missions team and other practitioners, alongside short-term overseas opportunities and resources to help you study at home.
Training covers a diverse range of topics needed to thrive as a long-term missionary:
Read more about the training modules available
Each student receives coaching from the International Missions Director, UK Missions Training Coordinator and, as appropriate to your needs, Elim approved missions practitioners. Your pathway to missions is then completely tailored around you.
This means that timeframes and content will vary, depending upon whether you wish to serve with an Elim Global partner/member or if you wish to pioneer new gospel communities.
Pioneer Missionaries will need to have proven experience of pioneering ministry in the UK, prior to joining the Missionary Academy. Alternatively, if you sense the call to pioneer but don't have experience, it will be important that you have he permission of your sending church to pioneer a missional ministry locally (preferably in a cross-cultural context) in order to gain pre-field experience. Whether you plan to serve as a Pioneering Missionary or Project Missionary you will be coached along the journey so as to help you fulfil all that God has called you to be and do.
Are you are interested in applying for the next Missionary Academy?
Or if you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact the UK Missions Training Coordinator by email or phone 01684 588 935