Radical's Training Program

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AMONG THE UNREACHED

FOR THE UNREACHED

Radical Training aims to help prepare future global workers to make disciples and plant churches among some of the hardest-to-reach people and places on earth.

We talk often about the parable in Matthew 13:44 of the man who sold everything he had to buy a treasure buried in a field. To the outside world, giving up home, comfort, safety, family, community, financial security, etc., may seem like an overwhelming sacrifice. But if you know the value of the treasure in that field, the cost is well worth it. In other words, Jesus is more than worth it! Not just in our lives, but for so many people who still haven’t even heard his name.

Going to the Unreached

It’s estimated that over 3 billion people in the world have little to no access to the gospel—they are unreached. And only about 1% of money given to missions and 3% of global workers are going toward reaching the unreached.

Missionary attrition rates are high and there is a lack of long term investment when it comes to church planting and sustaining those churches in unreached communities.

Why a Training Center?

While churches have the primary role in equipping global workers, many churches are not able to provide certain aspects of the training needed to prepare global workers to serve long-term among the unreached. In addition to spiritual resistance, linguistic and cultural barriers also make the task difficult.

Radical Training aims to serve churches by helping them prepare future global workers for this difficult yet glorious task.

What Radical Training Is

Located in Western Asia, Radical’s Training Center allows global workers to live among the unreached and experience full cultural immersion while gaining language and culture acquisition skills and instruction from seasoned, global workers with years of experience in the field.

In addition to providing biblical instruction, the Radical Training Center aims to help future global workers develop the resiliency and practical skills necessary to make disciples and plant churches among some of the hardest-to-reach people and places on earth.

What is a Global Worker
THE COURSE -

TIME – 8 MONTHS

LOCATION –
OVERSEAS CONTEXT NEAR / CENTRAL TO REGIONS NOT YET PERMEATED WITH THE GOSPEL

Program of Study

God’s Mission in the Bible

Jesus’ Mission in the Gospels

Culture and Mission

Life on the Field

Culture and Language Acquisition

Business in Mission

Cross-Cultural Church Planting

The Apostles’ Mission in Acts and the Epistles

OUR PROGRAM IS UNIQUE BECAUSE IT INCLUDES:

  • Eight months of training in an overseas context near / central to regions not yet permeated with the gospel. Few training programs of this length take place overseas.
  • Actual language learning (not only linguistics, or how to learn a language).
  • Training led by veteran global workers with years of field work experience.
    • Full-time residential staff
    • Mid-term adjunct (1–2 months), active field workers, mentor students
    • Short-term adjunct (1–2 weeks), Bible scholars, missiologists, and experts in other fields
  • Development of daily-life rhythms for a foreign context alongside veteran mentors.
  • Process that includes difficulties and pressures that form character necessary to serve long-term among the unreached.
  • Involvement with a business team that will be active in consulting for cross-cultural business. Students can work as apprentices for businesses near the Training Center location.

Is it for you?

The Training Center is for men and women who desire to be a part of a team that plants and supports healthy churches among some of the hardest-to-reach people and places on earth.

We are looking for men, women, families, and singles who:

Have godly character and lifestyle as affirmed by their local church
Are committed members of a local church
Understand and can effectively communicate the gospel
Are at least 24 years of age
Are or will soon become potential church planters (elder-qualified) or are able to serve in a support role for a church plant
Are intending to go overseas long-term (not simply explore more about missions)

Pastors & Leaders

The privilege of sending out global workers

We believe that God has given the church the responsibility (and privilege!) of preparing, sending, and supporting global workers. Learn more about how you and your church can prepare and send global workers to serve long term among the unreached.

PASTORS & LEADERS

FAQs

The Training Center is for men and women who desire to be a part of a team that plants and supports healthy churches among some of the hardest-to-reach people and places on earth.

We are looking for men, women, families, and singles who:

  • Have godly character and lifestyle as affirmed by their local church
  • Are committed members of a local church
  • Understand and can effectively communicate the gospel
  • Are at least 24 years of age
  • Are or will soon become potential church planters (elder-qualified) or are able to serve in a support role for a church plant
  • Are intending to go overseas long-term (not simply explore more about missions)

The Training Center is located in Western Asia in a location strategically chosen for its centrality to unreached areas and people groups. Due to security reasons, we cannot disclose more details about the exact location of the training center online.

  • Eight months of training in an overseas context near / central to regions not yet permeated with the gospel. Few training programs of this length take place overseas.
  • Actual language learning (not only linguistics, or how to learn a language).
  • Training led by veteran global workers with years of field work experience.
    • Full-time residential staff, most having served long-term in international contexts

    • Mid-term mentors (1–2 months) who are active field workers

    • Short-term guest instructors (1–2 weeks) who are Bible scholars, missiologists, and experts in other fields
  • Development of daily-life rhythms for a foreign context alongside veteran mentors
  • Process that includes difficulties and pressures that form character necessary to serve long-term among the unreached.
  • Involvement with a business team that will be active in consulting for cross-cultural business. Students can work as apprentices for businesses near the Training Center location.

In the community surrounding the Training Center.

Of course! Spouses and children are welcome and encouraged to join a trainee at the Training Center.

No, our hope is that future global workers from all over the world would be trained through our Training Center.

However, training is currently only offered in English, so students would need an extensive grasp of the English language to participate.

Keep in mind that visa requirements vary between countries and could affect a student’s ability to attend training. Our team is committed to doing all we can to offer Training Center access to as many nationalities as possible.

  • Pray for God to raise up global workers from your church
  • Identify members of your church who meet the criteria
    • Encourage them to apply online
    • Set up a meeting to meet with a Radical team member to discuss the details before applying
  • Prepare / disciple members of your church who could be potential applicants in the future
  • Provide ongoing prayer support and potentially financial support

The upcoming program year will take place August 2023 – May 2024. Applications for the 2024/25 program year should open early June 2023.

The total tuition cost per student will be approximately $19,000. In addition to education costs, tuition includes housing and two meals per week. Additional costs could include $2,000 per child (not including airfare) and an estimated $6,000 of out-of-pocket costs for travel, insurance, books, food, etc.

Details on payment schedules, fundraising, and more will be shared throughout the application / enrollment process.

Students will receive opportunities at Radical Training to network with veteran global workers, sending organizations, and other potential future teammates that could help shape their plans regarding location assignments.

However, considering the church’s role in preparing and sending global workers, Training Center students and graduates will be referred ultimately to their pastors/churches for location assignments upon completion of the program.

Contact our team by email at [email protected] or 205-547-2710.