We use a cross-cultural training curriculum called the AccessTruth Curriculum. Participants in the CONNECT program purchase subscriptions to AccessTruth through a variety of payment options – module-by-module, month by month, or as a complete package. The materials include all the video, audio and PDF tutorials required for their training.
The curriculum is made up of 4 major interwoven components:
1. Biblical Foundations –understanding, living and teaching God’s Word as a cohesive whole.
- Seeing the benefits in presenting the Gospel within the context of God’s historical actions
- Understanding God’s Word as a seamless revelation of Truth – entirely sufficient for His people in any cultural setting or point in history and to engage in effective, systematic Bible teaching
- Developing a commitment to seeing churches equipped with a comprehensive Bible curriculum in their heart language
- Having a vision for the potential that God places within each part of His Body, and a passion for encouraging it and realize that the responsibility for equipping the local church is one which is to be passed on to each group of believers
- Developing the ability to form and work with a team as true ministry partners in the development of the Bible curriculum for the church
- Understanding that ministry takes place in the context of real relationships
2. Communication Foundations –language, culture and relevance.
- Seeing that communication is an inherent feature of the character of God and that He communicates clearly and effectively
- Knowing that God has chosen to use human beings to communicate his message and understand what is necessary for effective communication to take place
- Learning to discern and critique their own worldview and the foundational principles of culture and language acquisition
- Being equipped with the basic elements in a practical culture/language acquisition program – what it will take in terms of time and involvement in the community and an understanding of the basic techniques required for the learning exercises
3. Church Planting Foundations –building blocks of a mature church.
- Getting wide exposure to world needs, missions history, Bible translation and current missions activities
- Understanding God’s intended function for the Church, as identified in the New Testament and its role in fulfilling the Great Commission
- Identifying those aspects of the church gathering in their own culture which are specific forms, and be able to evaluate how well they serve function, and envisage how different forms may better serve church function in other contexts.
- Seeing the need for careful church planting as a response to the genuine concern for the lost, and what the practical steps are in genuinely equipping the planted church
- Becoming motivated to cast a vision for world evangelism to all parts of the Church, and contribute to the mobilization and equipping of any who are willing to be involved
4. Contextual Foundations –preparing for a specific ministry context
- Preparing to move into a context adjacent to some of the world’s least-reached people groups
- Benefiting from real relationships with experienced workers and equippers
- Researching the intended area of ministry, including the people group needs, overview of cultures and worldviews, history, religions, languages
- Exposure to people of other cultures and beginning development of a humble and empathetic approach to working with people of other cultures
- Preparation for practical issues related to the intended area of service