What training do you need to be a missionary? Certainly a missionary needs Bible and theological training: it's hard to explain the way to others if you're fuzzy about it yourself. Experience in ministry is also a great asset. However, even those with the best training and experience can run aground overseas. You can't simply do what you are used to doing. You need to learn how to minister cross-culturally.
While we try to cover major issues in our candidate orientation, we have a much fuller, richer program at Gateway, our missionary training centre in BC. The Trax program is 7 months long, which includes a 3-month internship overseas. Taught by experienced missionaries, the training has a good blend of classroom instruction with lots of practical, hands-on experience. We have found the course to be excellent preparation for overseas work.
For those whose first language isn't English, and who need help improving their English-language level before beginning the Trax program, we have a specially designed program, called e-Trax.
It should be mentioned that training at Gateway in no way implies a commitment to join WEC. Like us, they're happy to help in preparing others to serve the Lord overseas. Which mission you're with doesn't matter.
For further information, click on the link here to go to the Gateway website.