Missionary Training Courses

apply-buttonThe Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) provides a unique missionary training experience. Missionary Trainees receive classroom teaching led by biblical and missiological experts from across the country.  Click here for a list of our instructors.

Combined with on-the-field experience, these courses equip our trainees with the knowledge and experience required for long-term, cross-cultural church planting success. Click on each course for a description.


Theology & Bible Courses

  • This course is designed to trace the Old Testament’s progressive revelation of the coming Messianic Redeemer from Genesis to Malachi. Class instruction involves an exposition of all of the Old Testament’s key texts involving types, figures, and explicit prophecies concerning Jesus Christ.

  • This course is taught from the perspective that Reformed Theology presents a sovereign God who rules and reigns over all history, people, and events, and that He is the One who sovereignly saves His people from their sins. True theology must be drawn from the Scriptures alone and in this course the Missionary Trainees will work through many biblical passages which present our awesome God in all of His sovereign and redemptive work.

  • These hands-on courses teach Missionary Trainees how to understand the historical and cultural background of the particular genre, book, or text being studied; how to identify the structure of the text; and how to properly interpret, apply, and teach the text to others in a reproducible way. In doing the above Missionary Trainees will be learning and applying basic hermeneutical principles while gaining a thorough understanding of the genre, book, or text covered. To accomplish this the instructor uses a majority of the class time helping the Missionary Trainees work through the text and make discoveries themselves. These courses often culminate with a teaching assignment meant to simulate scenarios often experienced in the field among unreached people. The following is a list of our EiM courses:

    • EiM: The Pentateuch
    • EiM: Old Testament Historical Narrative
    • EiM: Old Testament Poetry and Proverbs
    • EiM: Old Testament Wisdom Literature
    • EiM: Old Testament Prophecy
    • EiM: New Testament Narrative: Gospel
    • EiM: Acts
    • EiM: Missionary Epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus
    • EiM by Second Year Missionary Trainees
  • This course gives a foundational understanding of the grand story-line and major themes carried through the whole of Scripture. From this, Missionary Trainees learn how to properly understand, interpret, and apply individual texts based on where they fall in the larger flow of Scripture.

  • A life of prayer, worship, and being led by the Holy Spirit is crucial to every Christian. This is especially true for those called to the difficult and trying task of proclaiming the gospel to the unreached. This course provides a clear call and deeper exploration for the pioneer missionary on how to live life daily and as a family.

  • This introductory course lays the biblical foundations and principles of mission as well as the basic building blocks for understanding the challenges of doing ministry across cultures.

  • This course is a verse-by-verse exposition of the book of Romans. While not a comprehensive study, the course is designed to present the overall message of Paul’s in this, his most important work of the New Testament. The course will also explore many of the important themes presented by Paul in Romans: human depravity, the role of law, justification by faith, sanctification, the work of the spirit, the security of the believer, election, predestination, the future of the Jews, and the use of spiritual gifts.

  • A foundational course to understanding the basic themes, structure, and content of the Old Testament.

  • A foundational course to understanding the basic themes, structure, and content of the New Testament.

  • This course is an examination of the progressive unfolding of divine revelation in Scripture. Attention will be given to the various systems of interpretation that seek to capture this understanding, and special emphasis will be given to the provisions of the new covenant and its related implications.

  • These four courses giving an introduction to the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Special emphasis is given to theological topics related to pioneer church planting.

  • Field missionaries are often faced with the challenge of helping national believers, non-believers, and fellow missionaries sort through difficult personal and family issues. This course helps one understand how to identify the heart issues that lie behind these difficulties and how to address them from a biblical perspective.


Missiology Courses

  • Persecution has never been a permanent setback for Christianity. This course emphasizes from Scripture, church history, and contemporary times that persecution, rather than a detriment, is instead an incentive for an aggressive and speedier advance of the gospel.

  • Church planting involves teamwork. One factor in building a team is to understand the gifts, talents, outlook and worldviews of your teammates. This course is designed to help you understand how you process work and mission in relation to how others might process the same. The goal of this course is to help your teams work as a body; prepared to work together.

  • Missionary trainees become familiar with the basic historical backgrounds and beliefs of various major religions around the world. The course also addresses how to engage the error in these religions from a biblical perspective.

  • Language acquisition is crucial to becoming a successful pioneer church planter. This course is designed to explore how language is constructed and give some basic tools to help aid the language acquisition process.

  • This course focuses on methods of providing new church leaders and under-equipped pastors with basic theological training in culturally appropriate ways that do not force the leaders being trained to leave their community, family, and culture to attend seminary. This approach to training national church leaders is especially valuable when working in oral cultures and situations where pastors’ main sources of income are not coming from the church but from other means such as subsistence farming, fishing, etc.

  • A growing number of countries throughout the world are no longer allowing traditional missionaries into the country. Therefore, understanding what types of businesses and how to carry them out in a way that fosters life on mission in these countries is crucial. This course teaches basic principles and approaches to successfully carrying out business as mission in “creative access” countries.

  • Many cultures around the world, especially among unreached peoples, do not value literacy as we do in the West. A vast majority of people in these cultures are illiterate or functionally illiterate. As a result, they do not pass information on to others or teach through literate means such as books or powerpoint. Instead, an oratory focus on sequential reasoning is used to draw logical conclusions. This course helps Missionary Trainees better understand how oral learners think, reason, teach, and receive information. Missionary Trainees will also learn practical methods of how to effectively engage oral learners with the gospel.

  • Raising a family in a cross-cultural setting provides several unique challenges. In this course Missionary Trainees are exposed to some of the most common challenges that families in a cross-cultural setting face, equipping them with tools to meet those challenges from a biblical and missiological perspective.

  • One of the most important roles a pioneer missionary has is that of learner. Missionaries must be students of language, culture, and the people they are trying to reach. This course provides understanding and practical tools for missionaries to learn in-depth information about peoples and cultures which helps the missionary better understand the worldview of those they are trying to reach with the gospel.

  • In this course, Missionary Trainees look at the vast challenges of communicating the gospel cross culturally. Worldview and cultural norms along with other important factors affect the clarity of communication that cause interference and misunderstanding in a foreign culture. This course will explore proper biblical and missiological solutions to these challenges.

  • This course functions both as an overview of cultural anthropology and a discussion of how cross-cultural workers can communicate the message of Scripture, which is embedded in the language and cultures of the distant past, into the language and concepts of contemporary cultures. The purpose of this course challenges the mission practitioner to discover how to interpret the Scriptures and communicate them in a way that is not only culturally relevant to the people among whom the missionary is working, but also maintains their unchanging, trans-cultural character.

  • This course deals with planting indigenous Christianity in churches that can function well without outside oversight. Indigenous churches are suited to people in the local culture, presenting vibrant Christianity in local languages and styles. Dependent churches, on the other hand, are churches that continually need outside leadership and funding. The goal of the course is to help Missionary Trainees be able to plant churches that will be strong after they leave, that will not seem to be foreign in their culture, and will be self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-theologizing, able to interpret Scripture for their own situation.

  • This course seeks to examine what God is doing to establish his kingdom among Muslim people throughout the world. It presents the core beliefs of Muslims as well as biblical strategies for reaching out to them. Apologetic issues peculiar to Islam will also be covered in survey format.

  • In this course, we will consider the distinctive features of Roman Catholic cultures in Europe and Latin America, analyzing the historical roots of Roman Catholicism itself, the central teachings of the Catholic church and their manifestation in everyday life, and the diverse responses of those raised in Catholic countries to the contemporary 'crisis of faith' in the modern world. We will consider at length the unique features of religious syncretism in Latin American countries. Additionally, we will consider the role of the Protestant missionary living in a Catholic country—in particular, his need for spiritual, cultural, and linguistic preparation in order to assimilate rapidly to his host culture and to minister the gospel effectively to Roman Catholics.

  • Both Scripture and Church history show God seeding human cultures worldwide with beliefs, practices, and customs that foreshadow Christ and the way of redemption in poignantly meaningful ways. These helpful foreshadowings fall into three distinct categories: Innate Monotheism, as in Acts 14:17, Innate Ethics, as in Romans 2:14 and 15 and Innate Miscellania in a variety of texts.

  • An introduction to Bible story-telling within the context of pioneer church planting. Bible story-telling has proven to be an effective and reproducible method in proclaiming the gospel and discipling believers in oral cultures.

  • An extensive course designed to prepare Missionary Trainees for the task of doing ministry in distinct cultural contexts without compromising theological truth or biblical fidelity. The class discusses the tensions associated with cultivating distinct cultural expressions of the church without compromising the gospel. The focus is on the theological, sociological, and methodological factors of understanding and applying a process of critical contextualization. Specific topics covered include subjects such as biblical translation, contextual expressions of worship, distinctions between form and meaning, and contemporary issues such as insider movements and challenges associated with oral cultures.

  • A study of the history of the expansion of the church from its beginning to the present, with special consideration given to the historical development of mission strategy. This course will explore the history of the Christian church as a history of the advance of the gospel through missions by enabling the trainees to define and describe key movements, events, and individuals in the history of Christian missions. Missionary Trainees will also be encouraged to apply the interpretation of the history of Christian missions to key questions in missiology today.

  • This course examines the broad issues of cultural awareness, cultural blindness, and the role of the gospel in bringing gospel transformation to new believers in cross-cultural settings. Course topics include worldview, culture shock, culture stress and appropriate contextualization that result in biblical transformation of local believers and churches rather than highly syncretized Western transplants.

  • This course is designed to give prospective missionaries an introduction to the process of cross-cultural church planting from arrival into the host culture and an overview of the essential elements of planting a church in another culture, including the final steps of developing an exit strategy for the missionary church planting team. This study will include practical points for developing new congregations into self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating (multiplying) indigenous churches.

  • Missionaries from the West are woefully unprepared for the fierce spiritual opposition that will be unleashed upon them when the gospel is carried into Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, and animistic contexts. This course teaches a biblical and experienced understanding of demonology along with an emphasis upon case studies detailing the spiritual warfare difficulties missionaries routinely encounter with these treacherous enemies of the gospel. Learn how not to be “unaware of Satan’s schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11).

  • This intensive course introduces those called to cross-cultural mission to some practical ministry issues, mission principles, and paradigms for communicating the gospel to unreached people groups. These include: 1. A culturally sensitive and incarnational identification with a new culture; 2. A non-confrontational approach to break down the spiritual barriers in resistant cultures; 3. The development of a strong indigenous church with a vernacular Bible translation; 4. The formation of healthy relationships with missionaries, nationals, family, and children in cross-cultural mission.

  • This is a practical course that is designed to not only emphasize the advantages of approaching the mission task in teams, but also to identify a variety of crucial issues which the team must address if it is to be healthy and effective in ministry.


Additional Courses, Workshops, & Seminars

  • Dental Training
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Training for Missionary Wives
  • Theology of Suffering & Martyrdom
  • Partnership Building & Fundraising
  • Missionary Communications
  • Culture Shock/Culture Stress
  • Finances & Taxes for Missionaries


Please note that these courses may change year-to-year.