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The Missionary Training Center will prepare you to be part of the team that is planting tribal churches. The course provides you with the thorough, specialized training you need in order to be properly equipped for the role God has for you. Since husbands and wives are a missionary team, both are expected to complete the entire course.

The church planting course runs four, 18-week semesters, starting in August each year. Topics include Christian life principles, culture and language acquisition and church planting methods. Additional language analysis training is available for those who qualify.

Candidates who are pursuing ministry with Ethnos360 Aviation will require an additional six- to nine-month internship (depending on specific aviation ministry). This internship will cover specialized aviation procedures and guidelines that relate directly to missionary pilots and mechanics serving in remote areas.

Course Emphases

  • Church Planting: Worldview, New Testament Church principles, practical ministry skills, folk religions, curriculum development, evangelism, the mature church model
  • Christian Living: Foundational Bible teaching, teamwork, stewardship of life and resources, discipleship, effective parenting, conflict resolution
  • Culture and Language Acquisition: Phonetics, culture and language methodology, animism, grammar, semantics and translation, literacy, phonemics
  • Complementary Courses: Missionary health and wellness, missionary technology, safety, learning styles, communication skills

Course details

Moi Support Team Talks About Training

What can prepare you for ministering in another country, supporting the work of missionaries in remote tribes? The folks who do it in the Asia-Pacific region can tell you.

Classes that Occur Every Semester

MN 310 Ministry Practicum (113 hours, 7 credits)
The Ministry Practicum is designed to further develop students’ ministry skills as they apply principles from the classroom in the context of real life. Besides giving an opportunity to become more able, compassionate servants in the present, it also facilitates the development of character qualities and ministry capabilities that students will need for cross-cultural ministry. Its scope involves participation in a local church, intentional relationship building in the community, and participation in an organized team ministry in the community.

MN 330 Chapel (82 hours, non-credit course)
Chapel occurs on Friday mornings throughout the student's time at the MTC. It is intended to enhance the student's walk with the Lord through corporate worship and sharing from the Scriptures. Occasionally there are guest speakers who have been serving on the mission field.

MN 332 Hold the Ropes and Prayer Emphasis (98 hours, non-credit course)
Hold the Ropes (HTR) is a prayer class with teaching and practice of prayer. There are small group prayer times each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, praying for requests and praises expressed in missionary communiques. Prayer Emphasis is a monthly two hour class with teaching, sharing, power points and visual communication of God’s work around the world, which is subsequently prayed for in small groups.

MN 334 E-linc (124 hours, non-credit course)
E-linc stands for Equipping through Listening, Interacting, Nurturing, and Challenging. E-linc provides the advisors and students the opportunity to build relationships one-on-one, couple-to-couple, and in a group setting and thus offers a platform for input into each other's lives.

Classes that Occur Every Other Semester

MN 336 Field Fair (20 hours, non-credit course)
This event occurs each fall. Representatives of the IMT and from various fields share their vision as well as the needs that exist in their region. This time is intended primarily to aid the students in beginning the process of choosing a field of service.

Church Planting Semester One

MI 300 Orientation (35 hours, non-credit course)
Orientation is intended to provide new students with a general overview of... 1. Ethnos360's purpose, ministry values, core values, history, doctrinal distinctives and challenges of church planting to reinforce the need for the cross-cultural church planting training the MTC provides. 2. The Missionary Training Center. Students will have an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff, be introduced to MTC's various departments, receive course expectations and helpful information regarding staff and student's role and responsibilities and campus life. Orientation will help students get a sense of the campus culture. Orientation will include assignments, lectures, MTC department introductions, PowerPoints, case studies, large and small group discussions and activities.

MN 307 Learning Styles (7 hours, .33 credit)
This course is designed to introduce and give students tools to identify how they receive, process and give back information. The impact of these individual learning style concepts will be examined on individual and interpersonal levels and show how they affect people working together. Application will be made for students to discover their style, modality and perspective. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to gain understanding of distinctives in learning differences and difficulties.

MN 301 Stewardship (12 hours, .67 credit)
The purpose of this class is to help equip the student in the basic skills of setting and meeting goals, good decision-making principles, and in practical organizational and time management skills. This class also provides the student with the basic understanding of Biblical stewardship as it relates to money and its management as a child of God. The class recognizes the value statements of A Sense of Urgency in Ministry and Excellence in What We Do.

MN 302 Biblical Parenting (15 hours, 1 credit)
This course will examine principles for addressing heart issues in ourselves and in children in light of our relationship with God our Father, and our responsibility within our families as mature Christians. We will also examine the practical realities that missionaries will face as parents in ministry overseas, and, in this context, create a family/personal mission statement.

MN 303 Teamwork 1 (38 hours, 2 credits)
This course examines biblical principles that apply to teamwork. It explores the dynamics of men and women working together in ministry settings, and focuses on attitudes and character that will contribute to strong, lasting relationships. Intentional focus is given also to examining biblical principles of peacemaking, such as building unity, preventing negative conflict and dealing with conflict according to God’s instructions. Students will examine Ethnos360’s Core Values and Core Perspectives related to Teamwork to better understand the part their ministry will play within the overall context of the church planting effort.

MN 304 Love and Respect (14 hours, 1 credit)
Love and Respect addresses major questions such as: Why do we negatively react to each other? How can we energize our spouse to respond more positively? What can we do when our spouse continues to be negative while we are trying to be loving and respectful and will God help? Emerson and Sarah Eggerich present a fair and balanced approach for relationships. Both married and singles can apply principles learned in the class.

MN 305 Child Safety (8 hours, .33 credit)
This course will equip the student with useful information and tools which will aid in protecting children in any ministry context.

MN 306 Sustainable Integrity (13 hours, .67 credit)
Sustainable Integrity is a general overview of biblical principles of moral/sexual integrity for the long haul. You will receive and experience exegetical teaching, discussion, reflection and dialogue with fellow students and teachers.

MI 301 Worldviews (29 hours, 2 credits)
This course addresses worldviews: (a) what they are, (b) how they form, develop and change, and (c) how they can be analyzed to guide effective ministry strategies for planting mature churches. Since God’s Word both accommodates culture through critical contextualization and confronts the worldview system of a people group, the missionary candidate will learn, in principle, the 'why' and 'how' of ministering cross-culturally at a worldview level. Throughout the course it is important to keep thinking in terms of principles.

MI 302 Foundational Bible Teaching 1 (28 hours, 2 credits)
This course addresses the rationale for the Building on Firm Foundations for evangelism and church maturation. This course also seeks to bring clarity of God's intentions for salvation through the Gospel.

MI 328 New Testament Church Principles 29 hours, 2 credits)
This course presents general Biblical principles, gifts, and ordinances for assisting the maturation of New Testament churches in any cultural context.

MN 327 Ministry Practicum Intro (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce students to relational, cultural, and communication attitudes, habits, and skills which will be needed for cross-cultural church planting. They will develop a strategy for practice and growth in these areas during their time at the MTC.

LI 323 Culture Introduction (16 hours, 1 credit)
Students will participate in lectures and small-group discussions and activities. Students will learn the nature and structure of culture and the impact it has on living and communicating with people of another worldview.

LI 329 Form and Meaning (8 hours, .67 credit)
This course gives an in-depth explanation of the appropriate relationship between form and meaning in Bible translation. Along with educating all missionary candidates (support and tribal) about Bible translation, the material presented in this class provides a theoretical foundation for the hands-on CP3 course, Semantics and Translation.

Church Planting Semester Two

MI 327 Safety Seminar (40 hours, 2 credits)
Safety Seminar is a personal safety and security course which affords the student an opportunity to learn about current global challenges regarding criminal activities and political instabilities. They will also acquire practical helps and the opportunity to utilize those helps in preparation for maintaining a ministry in spite of these hardships.

MN 308 Communication Skills (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course is based on teaching principles presented in a series of videos entitled The Seven Laws of the Teacher. It consists of watching the video series, class discussion and projects, and homework which includes reading from several sources.

MN 325 Ministry Partnership Development 1 (16 hours, 1 credit)
An effective ministry partnership development (MPD) team is crucial to your long-term success in your life, family, and ministry. This class provides philosophy, skills, and practice in preparing to do this.

MN 313 Teamwork 2 (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course examines biblical principles that apply to teamwork. It explores the dynamics of men and women working together in ministry settings, and focuses on attitudes and character that will contribute to strong, lasting relationships. Intentional focus is given to Teamwork to better understand the part their ministry will play within the overall context of the church planting effort.

MN 329 Romans 5-8 (16 hours, 1 credit)
The purpose of this class is to further ground the candidate in the basic foundation of and motivation for Christian living. These truths are set forth to help the candidate grow in the application of them in his/her daily walk with the Lord and with others. The understanding and application of these fundamental truths are seen as absolutely essential for carrying out an effective church planting ministry.

MI 312 Foundational Bible Teaching 2 (34 hours, 2 credits)
This course affords the students an opportunity to become familiar with the Building on Firm Foundation Bible Teaching program (BoFF) by preparing and presenting key BoFF Phase 1 Bible lessons contextualized for the North American culture.

LI 301 Phonetics 1 (50 hours, 3 credits)
In this course students will learn the more prominent sounds found in languages throughout the world. They will learn to say these sounds through oral mimicry and production. They will learn to recognize these sounds and associate them with the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet by hearing and transcribing utterances phonetically. Phonetic theory will be learned through lecture, small groups, and reading as well as through homework assignments.

LI 309 Honor and Shame (14 hours, 1 credit)
This course investigates the roles of honor and shame and related topics within Scriptures, and considers contemporary ministry implications.

LI 325 CLA Theory and Methodology (28 hours, 2 credits)
This course exists to help each student become one who can effectively relate to and communicate with members of a specified group across linguistic and cultural barriers for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. Students will become familiar with the overall CLA program. They will learn the key principles underpinning it. And they will have an opportunity to experience early-stage CLA with a fluent speaker of another language.

LI 326 Communication Basics (12 hours, .67 credit)
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of verbal communication. These significant elements of communication are expressed in many different ways in many different languages and cultures.

LI 327 Grammar (28 hours, 2 credits)
During a normal class day the students will first be introduced to new grammatical theory and terminology. Then they will analyze foreign language words, phrases, and clauses that illustrate what they've just covered. One of the main goals is to prepare them for the fact that all languages are put together differently as they eventually learn one or more new languages. Approximately two thirds of the class is dedicated to practice.

MI 303 Animism (26 hours, 2 credits)
This course explores the complex nature and characteristics of animism and animistic people. The Bible sets forth the origin of this opposing worldview that even today permeates indigenous cultures and folk religions worldwide. The class provides tools for analyzing animism and folk religion and for guiding strategies to increase ministry effectiveness. This training course will help us to (a) understand what animism is and how it impacts its adherents, (b) analyze animistic worldviews, and (c) ascertain what ministry adjustments need to be made and how to, in principle, implement such adjustments. Taking this course presupposes a good understanding of comprehensive strategies and worldview. Upon completion of this course the cross-cultural worker will be able to recognize animism and animistic people in a variety of contexts and will be equipped with the basic tools to effectively address this rival worldview.

Church Planting Semester Three

MN 309 Communication Practicum (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course is designed to improve the student’s ability in communicating verbally to groups. This is done by giving opportunity to practice some of the principles studied in Communication Skills, Foundational Bible Teaching and Ministry Partnership Development.

MN 401 Christian Life 1 (15 hours, 1 credit)
This course addresses the hard topic of Trials, Hardships and Suffering and grounds the candidate in the Biblical reality that such difficult times are often God’s greatest instruments for bringing about transformation in our lives.

MN 427 Families and Education (19 hours, 1 credit)
This course covers the topics of overseas educational options including schools and homeschooling; long-range educational planning; making transitions as a family and keeping children safe in an overseas context. There will be discussions with veteran missionaries that will include philosophical aspects and practical applications to give the student exposure to a broad range of perspectives on these topics.

MN 429 Romans 12-15 (16 hours, 1 credit)
The purpose of this class is to further ground the candidate in the basic foundation of and motivation for Christian living from the text of Romans 12:1-15:13. These truths are set forth to help the candidate grow in the application of them in his/her daily walk with the Lord and with others. The understanding and application of these fundamental truths are seen as absolutely essential for carrying out an effective church planting ministry.

LI 408 Folk Religions (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course examines the differences between formal and folk religions to aid in establishing a "religious grid" through which the teachings of three major religions can be applied in order to help predict some of the ministry challenges which could be encountered in these contexts, and to provide helps for presenting attractive Biblical truth among folk religious peoples.

MI 402 Church and Community Care (4 hours, .33 credit)
This course introduces students to another component of church planting, Church & Community Care. We look at how to use our church planting model and methods to target the quality of life issues people face as they grow to maturity. We will understand how to help people develop biblical character and life skills and use community development-type activities to lead to improved quality of life and a stable, mature church.

MI 408 Pre-Evangelism (15 hours, 1 credit)
This course will familiarize students with principles and tools that can be applied in a variety of unreached or least reached people contexts to assist them in developing effective church planting strategies, in terms of mindset, tasks and assessment, during the crucial Pre-Church stage of church planting.

MI 410 Teaching Considerations (18 hours, 1 credit)
This course is Part One of a two part course that takes into account what needs to be considered when it comes to teaching in a cross-cultural context. Part One of the Course focuses in on considering the teaching Context: The "Who" (the audience and the teacher), the "When" (the timing), the "Where" (location), the "How" (manner), when it comes to the teaching context. Part Two of the Course is entitled "Curriculum Development", and it focuses in on the teaching Content: The "What" (that is the message that is going to be communicated).

MI 412 Curriculum Development (26 hours, 2 credits)
This is Part Two of the Teaching Considerations Class which focuses on practical considerations, procedural tools and challenges of producing contextualized Foundational Bible Teaching Lessons (content) in cross-cultural church planting ministry.

LI 402 CLA Practicum (97 hours, 6 credits)
This course provides instruction in the principles of Culture/Language Acquisition as well as practice in applying those principles and in implementing specific methodology with a focus on the later stages of CLA, especially in the tribal/animistic context.

LI 403 Semantics and Translation (22 hours, 1 credit)
This course exists to give the students a practical, step-by-step overview of the translation process and allow them to experience some of the challenges faced by translators through hands-on, group activities.

LI 404 CLA Tools (8 hours, .67 credit)
This course exists to familiarize students with some of the basic tools of CLA, especially a computer database and the skills of kinship analysis.

Church Planting Semester Four

MI 326 Internet Safety (4 hours, non-credit course)
This course exists to equip students with the tools and philosophies that will, as much as possible, protect their identities online.

MI 401 Field Health (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course is designed to impact the personal health of each student and their families, towards wellness, now and on their future fields of service. The course will utilize direct instruction, small group discussions, case studies, and a practical skills module. Guest instructors will be included in their fields of expertise.

MI 431 Practical Skills (34 hours, 2 credits)
This course provides students with opportunities to gain insight and experience in various skills that are vital for life and ministry in the places where we minister. The "Practical Skills Class" includes aspects of Simple Living, Scratch Cooking, Outdoor Living and Practical Skills.

MI 433 Missionary Technology (36 hours, 2 credits)
Missionary Technology trains students to manage the physical aspects of living in remote areas so they can present the Gospel and see tribal people come to know the Lord. Specific topics include AC and DC electricity, multi-meter use, grounding, surge suppression and solar electric equipment selection, installation and maintenance. Applications include remote village, missionary centers, small towns and city living conditions.

MN 425 Ministry Partnership Development 2 (4 hours, .33 credits)
An effective ministry partnership development (MPD) team is crucial to your long-term success in your life, family, and ministry. This class further develops the philosophy and skills necessary for this part of the student’s ministry.

MN 402 Christian Life 2 (6 hours, .33 credit)
This course exists to further encourage the student's growth towards spiritual maturity by discussing the subjective side of our relationship with God and what that relationship should look like in relation to sin
(1 John 1).

MI 414 Evangelism through Developing Church (29 hours, 2 credits)
This course addresses principles and methodologies that are used in the early stages of planting a mature church in an animistic context. These early stages would include Phase 1 Evangelism, Phase 2 Beginning Church and Phase 3 Developing Church.

MI 416 Maturing Church (22 hours, 2 credits)
Building on Evangelism through the Developing Church, this module addresses church planting principles for bringing a church to maturity. The missionary candidate will learn, in principle, the why and the how of applying biblical principles to effectively establish mature churches that are situated in animistic and folk religious contexts.

MI 418 Church Planting Wrapup (16 hours, 1 credit)
This course affords the student the opportunity to organize, synthesize and summarize their academic MTC training into a Church Planting Strategy Paper. The basis for this paper is the MTC’s Church Planting Big Picture and will ultimately answer the following key questions: 1) How the Lord saved the student to serve Him and His Church?; 2) How the Lord has prepared the student for a church planting ministry among the least reached people groups?; and 3) How the student sees the Lord establishing a mature church among the least reached people groups?

LI 401 Phonetics 2 (20 hours, 1 credit)
This course builds upon Phonetics 1. In this course students will review the sounds they learned in Phonetics 1. Students will also be introduced to some of the less prominent sounds found in languages throughout the world.

LI 405 Phonemics (11 hours, .67 credit)
The students will be introduced to the theory and terminology of Phonemics. They will also work through the basic procedures of Phonemics with sample language data. This will take place in the context of small groups of 8-10 students.

LI 406 Literacy (11 hours, .67 credit)
Literacy introduces candidates to the importance, theory, production and implementation of a literacy program for tribal people as it relates to church planting ministries, and it introduces the syllable method of teaching literacy. This course includes a practicum in which a few pages of a literacy primer are developed.

Post-Graduate Electives

LA 501 New Testament Greek (155 hours, 7 credits)
The course addresses the following aspects of learning Greek, learning about Greek, and using that knowledge in reading and interpreting the New Testament: First-hand, direct exposure to the language - A primary goal of the course is to create in the participant a personal familiarity with the basic aspects of the Greek language. This is accomplished through learning the language as you would a modern, ‘living’ language. The first two weeks of the course are devoted to using TPR to acquire basic vocabulary. Building on this foundation, use is made of games and storytelling all done in Greek. Grammar - The basic grammatical aspects of the Greek language are covered, including nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, participles and infinitives. As much as possible, grammatical discussion is delayed until the participant has been exposed to those features of the language in action. Some discourse analysis of Greek will also be discussed (use of conjunctions, etc.). Reading ability - Building on their audible comprehension, participants will learn to read and write Greek as well (more focus on reading than writing, but both are treated). A significant amount of course time will be devoted to reading various NT passages as a group, focusing on correct pronunciation and comprehension of what the text says.

Post-Graduate Linguistics

LI 501 Phonology 3 (125 hours, 5 credits)
This course is divided into two sections: interpretation and analysis. In interpretation, the student will learn to determine if a particular sound is considered as a single sound or a sequence of sounds in the mind of the speaker as well as if certain sounds are considered as vowels or consonants. During analysis, students are taught to differentiate between significant sounds and their predictable variations which are non-significant. The course also presents the procedures for presenting phonemic findings in an organized fashion in a technical Phonemic Write-up.

LI 506 Morphology (70 hours, 3 credits)
This course is designed to teach morpheme identification and classification. The student will learn to describe how Words are constructed using their immediate constituents. The student will learn to distinguish and describe allomorphs. The student will learn to differentiate between inflectional morphemes and derivational morphemes. The student will be able to describe derivational stems. The student will work in a small group to analyze the morphology of a language and do a presentation of his findings with particular attention to helping coworkers in language learning.

LI 507 Syntax (110 hours, 5 credits)
This course is designed to teach the identification of Phrases, Clause Roots, Clauses and Sentences. The student will describe how these constructions are formed using their immediate constituents. The student will explain how form, meaning and distribution contribute to the identification of syntactical constructions. The student will prepare a write-up describing the grammar of a language.

LI 511 Applied Linguistics (60 hours, 3 credits)
This course consists of analyzing the phonology and grammar of the Kuman language and preparing a write-up describing the results of the analysis.

LI 521 Advanced Linguistics Issues (60 hours, 2 credits)
This course includes an introduction to Discourse Analysis and Advanced Phonology issues. The students will chart texts in order to see patterns within certain discourse genres. The students will analyze phonetic data using matrices to discover less obvious interpretive and analytical realities in Phonetic data.

LI 551 Applied Phonology (180 hours, 4 credits)
This course consists of working with a language helper and acquiring data in order to analyze the phonology of the Cherokee language and preparing a write-up describing the results of the analysis. This course runs concurrently with Applied Grammar and occurs on site in Oklahoma for eight weeks in order to find native speakers of Cherokee. The final 2 weeks, which consist of write-up time, occur at the MTC.

LI 556 Applied Grammar (260 hours, 4 credits)
This course consists of working with a language helper and acquiring data in order to analyze the grammar of the Cherokee language and preparing a write-up describing the results of the analysis. This course runs concurrently with Applied Phonology and occurs on site in Oklahoma for eight weeks in order to find native speakers of Cherokee. The final two weeks, which consist of write-up time, occur at the MTC.

Post-Graduate Tech Specialist

MI 533 Solar Electric Technology (147 hours, 5 credits)
Students will be instructed in extensive foundational training on installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting photovoltaic systems as well as a study in basic electronics. Students will develop soldering skills, explore DC and AC wiring, and be familiarized with DC equipment.

MI 534 Power Systems (147 hours, 5 credits)
Students will be instructed in PV panels, charge controllers, battery banks, control systems, inverters, generators, micro-hydro, and wind generators. They are explored and analyzed for their suitability in various situations on the mission field. Lightning protection is selected for each power system.

MI 535 Equipment Maintenance (147 hours, 5 credits)
Students will have hands-on training with different types of welding, brazing and silver soldering; small engine maintenance; refrigeration repair, and basic troubleshooting techniques. Also explores the installation and maintenance of security systems, telephone intercoms, communication radios, satellite communication, and water purification systems.

MI 536 Construction Skills (154 hours, 5 credits)
Students will be instructed in concrete, masonry, ferro cement, wood and rammed earth construction methods. Also covers the design of basic sewer, water and electrical systems. Students will also experience answering questions from the fields via e-mail.