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Ethnos360 Training

Get the training you need to become a missionary.

Right now, people groups are asking for missionaries to come to share the Gospel with them. Many have been waiting for years. Is that a need you want to help meet? The Missionary Training Center course will prepare you.

You'll be equipped to serve in career ministry with Ethnos360 as a cross-cultural church planter or in a role supporting church planting. Your instructors are experienced missionaries, who are passionate about teaching you field-proven methods that are constantly updated to remain effective and relevant. They want you to be able to give God your best.

And since biblical ministry is about relationships and making disciples, they'll model that, pouring their lives into yours. You'll get opportunities to practice it yourself in teaching opportunities, small group interaction, team projects and ministry outreaches, so you are ready to share not just life, but abundant life.

Prerequisite: Minimum two years of Bible training or the equivalent. Ethnos360 Bible Institute exists to provide this, but the requirement also may be met by Christian college Bible courses.

Consideration will be given to those who have taken formal Bible courses (not Bible studies) through their church, and have been involved in church leadership ministry.


Will I need special equipment? Can I work off-campus? Get the answers to these and other frequently asked questions.


Learn about the course.

Synergy with Calvary University

In cooperation with the Burnham Center for Global Engagement, Calvary University and Ethnos360 are partnering so Calvary students can go through Ethnos360’s missionary training as part of their college studies. Find out more.

Campus life

Where do students live? What about childcare? Learn more about campus life at The Missionary Training Center.

Start the application process

Fill out a preliminary questionnaire online.

For more information

Contact the Connection Center:

Connection Center
312 W. First St
Sanford, Florida 32771-1231

Current Fees

All fees are shown in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without prior notification.

We’ve eliminated the single largest cost at most educational institutions: staff salaries. All of our staff are missionaries, supported by churches and individuals with a vision of helping you learn what you need in order to join the church planting team.

Fees per semester:

Singles: $3,108

Married couples without children: $6,216

Married couples with one child: $6,471

For each additional child, $143

These payments include use of laundry facilities, student activities, registration, course fees, administration, DSL and telephones, Student Accident Insurance (billed for entire year), etc. They do not include personal expenses or food, or the costs detailed below.

Other costs

  • Apartment Deposit: $500 (refundable) due 3 months before the start of classes (This is not included in the semester fees and is a one-time refundable fee.)
  • Books, supplies and materials: Approximately, $100 for 1st & 3rd semester.  Second Semester is about $200 and Fourth Semester is about $300. Expect an additional $200 needed for Simply Living class during the second semester.
  • $500 per child per semester for Childcare

Veterans' benefits

The Missionary Training Center programs have been approved by the Missouri state approving agency for payment of VA educational assistance benefits to Veterans and other eligible persons.


Career Service

Since the Missionary Training Center prepares you for service with Ethnos360, you must apply for career service with Ethnos360 in order to attend Ethnos360 Training. Find out about qualifications for career service.

Bible Training Prerequisite

A minimum of two years of Bible training or the equivalent is required as a prerequisite to Ethnos360 Training. Ethnos360 Bible Institute exists to provide this, but the requirement also may be met by Christian college Bible courses. Consideration will be given to those who have taken formal Bible courses (not Bible studies) through their church, and have been involved in church leadership ministry.

For more information

Contact the Connection Center:

Candidate Office
312 West First Street
Sanford, Florida 32771-1231

Non-discrimination policy

Ethnos360 admits persons, male or female, of any race, color and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of a training facility. Ethnos360 does not discriminate on the basis of being born male or female, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program and other school-administrated programs.


There are currently 60 missionary families or individuals serving at Ethnos360's Missionary Training Center.

Everyone on the Training Center staff brings first-hand experience to the specialized training you receive, offering both the practical and spiritual preparation you need to become an important part of the team that is planting tribal churches.

International Students

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. If you’re an international student considering Ethnos360 training in the USA, you will be required to obtain an F-1 student visa before entering the U.S. Information concerning this entire process can be found at the U.S. Department of State website.

Non-native English speakers

If English is not your native language, you will be required to take an oral English proficiency exam.

Our History

Ethnos360 Training began preparing its first class in Fall 2006, but its origins date to when Ethnos360 was founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission.

From the very beginning, Ethnos360 has recognized the need to properly prepare missionaries for their ministries. A training program began in 1943, and in 1945 the mission opened its first training camp for missionaries. This eventually became a one-year missions course, and was taught at several locations across the USA.

In 1955, language and linguistics became an additional one-year course of study, following the missions course, and in 1967 the Language and Linguistic Institute relocated to a new home on the Lake of the Ozarks near Camdenton, Missouri.

This property became the ideal place to consolidate, streamline and update Ethnos360's missionary training program as a three-semester course called the Missionary Training Center in 2006. Today the campus is the home of Ethnos360 Training and is a four-semester course.