Training and consultancy

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Training

We have a variety of courses and seminars available to churches, groups, organisations or individuals. To enquire further, discuss possibilities or to obtain a quote, please email. . To book for individual places on most existing courses, go to Booking.

Courses & Seminars:

 

Serving as Senders

For those in sending churches and supportive individuals, who wish to care more effectively for their missionary friends

sas logoThis one day seminar is run in partnership with local churches and can be conducted anywhere in the UK. It is designed to help churches care effectively for their overseas personnel and the programme can be 'tailor made'. The material is loosely based on the 'Serving as Senders' book by Neal Pirolo, one of the most positively reviewed missionary books of the last decade. A typical day might include:
  • Biblical basis of mission
  • The role of the local church
  • The importance of 'senders' & who sends them
  • Pastoral care of overseas workers
  • Understanding the strains and stresses of missionary life
  • Support at important times: leaving home, furlough, re-entry
  • Creative ways to keep in touch
  • Effective prayer and financial support
  • Effective mission committees

Optional sessions:

  • Motivation for mission (being part of the bigger picture)
  • Mission needs and opportunities
  • Missionary selection
  • Special needs of single workers and of missionary families

The course is led informally with a mixture of straight forward teaching and group participation. Comprehensive notes accompany each session.

There is opportunity for group discussion and case studies, and time to ask questions. It is sometimes possible to offer some of the optional sessions within the programme so that more issues can be covered.

It could be that your church is large enough to run a day for your own people. Church leaders, those involved on the Mission Committee, friends and relatives of missionaries, link people etc. would all benefit from the course. An alternative is for a church to host a course and invite other churches in the locality to join them.

"Thankyou so much for your input today. We found the course extremely helpful and stimulating, and hope it will lead to us 'moving to the next stage' in how our church partners with, and cares for, it's missionaries. The materials were most helpful and I'm sure the website will prove so also." Tom Thorpe, St Andrew's Church, Leyland.

"It was a really great day. I think people felt inspired and equipped to better support our mission partners." Caroline Burns, St Barnabas, Woodside Park, London.

“It was stimulating and challenging about how to get your church interested in overseas mission, something I'd been trying to do for some time. No one else had so many ideas or was so creative and it was all so interesting and inspiring ... the best missionary day I had been to."
Lenora Priestley, Christian Institute Church, Oswaldtwistle

To download a brochure (in pdf format) about running this course in your church, go to www.oscar.org.uk/sas.pdf

Upcoming Courses open to outside bookings

  • 20th February 2018 in London Book here
  • Future possibilities in Cardiff, Winchester and Gloucester. Contact us for details.

 

All Change/New Directions

Re-entry Course/Retreat for mission workers returning to the UK and those who support them.

This can be run as a day training course (All Change) or a 2/3 day course/retreat (New Directions) with plenty of space to reflect.

The day sessions provide a 'toolkit' for mission workers just returned from overseas, to prepare them for re-entry. Useful for those recently returned as well as those giving pastoral care to returnees.

The retreat sessions include teaching, reflective activities and plenty of discussion and interaction. A booklet of handouts accompanies both courses.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Re-entry?
  • Transition, Change and Loss
  • Changes in Church & Society
  • Readjustment
  • Re-entry Resources

There is the opportunity to tackle other practical subjects, as needed, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of OSCAR.

"the All Change course is a vital resource for returning missionaries and mission leaders" Jonathan Winter, course participant

Upcoming Courses open to outside bookings

 

Ready Steady Go

Preparation for cross-cultural ministry overseas

This includes a large range of orientation topics which can be customised to any situation and need. It could be a basic evening or half-day programme for church teams or individuals going on short-term mission, or it could be a more in depth course over several days for those going longer term (i.e. gap years).

Topics available include:

  • Understanding Culture & Worldview
  • Adaptation and Culture Shock
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • The Bible & Culture
  • Identification & Lifestyle
  • Development & Mission
  • The Future of Mission
  • Understanding Myself & Others
  • Pastoral Care Issues
  • Staying Healthy
  • Listening Skills
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Maintaining & Developing your walk with God
  • Singles, Marrieds, Families & Children

There is the opportunity to tackle other practical subjects, as needed, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of OSCAR.

 

British Culture Orientation

Orientation for those from overseas coming to minister/work in the UK

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Culture
  • Introduction to British Culture
  • Transition & Change
  • Cultural Adaptation

There is the opportunity to tackle other practical subjects, as needed, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of OSCAR.

 

Ask OSCAR

This is a brief presentation looking at world mission resources on the Internet using the OSCAR website. It covers areas of interest for potential, current and former overseas workers, world mission supporters and those who care for mission workers in any way. This can be tailored to the group depending on whether they are mission personnel, supporters or those with a general interest in world mission.

Lasts approximately 1 hour, depending on what's required.

Makes use of a computer and projector which can both be supplied.

 

Finance for Ministry

Training in personal support raising, starting with the Biblical basis of living on support through to the practicalities of building up a support team of churches and individuals who will help finance your ministry. OSCAR partners with Stewardship to offer this training.

Upcoming Courses open to outside bookings

 

Any church, organisation or group can request a tailor made programme to suit its needs, anywhere in the UK (or overseas). If you have a rough idea of what you want we will happily give you a quote. Course venue, accommodation and refreshments/meals are usually the responsibility of the group requesting the course. Occasionally others who run courses open them up for participants from outside. Contact us to enquire about other courses already booked with us.

What have folks said about previous courses we have run?

'It was a really great day. I think people felt inspired and equipped to better support our mission partners.'
'Good! Mike was able to select bits for emphasis so very relevant'
'Mike was an excellent presenter, engaging and humourous - not an easy task'
'It was clear, user friendly, practical, relevant, concise, inspiring and all very helpful'
'Excellent - well planned and put together'
'Very stimulating and challenging ... very glad I came'
'Very, very helpful, now and in the future'
'Excellent handouts'
'I found the course exceptional'
'We really enjoyed the day and learnt so much from it'
'We believe the challenge and reminder was straight from the heart of God'
'There was plenty of food for thought, and it was very useful to meet up with the other families who had also returned just recently and to hear of their experiences.'

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