We Exist to Serve the Church
Reaching & Teaching believes that the local church should drive the work of missions. We come alongside like-minded churches to serve them as they seek to make mature disciples, establish healthy churches, and train local leaders around the world.
Training Local Leaders
Year After Year
We believe that church partnerships are the most effective way to meet the need for deep discipleship and theological training around the world. We utilize our nine-course training program for all Short-term Trips. Generally, each course is taught during a one-week training session. These sessions typically occur at each site three times a year for three years in order to cover all nine courses. Partnering churches can engage with us at one of three partnership levels:
Don’t see a partnership level that works for you? Don’t let that stop you from mobilizing your church. Work with other churches in your area to fulfill one of these partnership levels together, or contact us for more options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Consider partnering with others churches in your area to provide teachers for short-term training trips. If that doesn’t work, we would love to speak with you about other options.
For security reasons, we cannot list all the countries in which we serve; however, we are excited about the opportunities God has provided from South America to South Asia. If you would like to serve in a particular region or country, let us know.
Yes! We recognize the importance of training women to study the Bible and make disciples. We are continually exploring opportunities for women to serve on our trips. Learn about some of the current opportunities here!
Yes. When needed, we will provide a translator for teaching and general communication.
In order to participate on our short-term trips, you must be a follower of Jesus Christ, be in good standing with your local church, and have a desire to use your time to equip the church around the globe. You must be at least 18 years old and complete the trip application online. Completing the application does not guarantee that you will be accepted for the trip. The application is simply the first step to be considered by RTIM. Additionally, you must meet these requirements:
Theological: RTIM operates under the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and The Gospel Coalition Statement Confessional Statement. All trip participants must adhere to one of these two statements of faith.
Medical/Health: Many training sites are remote and may be challenging for a person with certain health concerns to minister in a given setting. For this reason, we work carefully with applicants who have health restrictions/concerns to insure that every person is able to have a safe and healthy trip. If you have specific medical concerns, please contact the Director of Short-Term Ministries to discuss which sites would be best to consider.
At some training sites there are additional ministry opportunities. The most common opportunities include preaching in local churches and other gospel ministry. These are not available at all locations.
A trip may be modified due to political unrest, natural disasters, or other unforeseen circumstances. Our first priority is to reschedule your trip in conjunction with both the students and the traveling teaching team. If this is not possible, we will help you choose another trip.
Typical trips include 5 days of teaching and 2 days of travel for a total of 7 days. Additional travel days may be required due to the remote nature of some training locations or the limited number of flights within some countries. We strive to make travel as efficient as possible.
View trips here to see which trips are “active” and accepting applications. If you would like to register a team larger than 3 participants, please contact us before applying so we can ensure that your whole team will be able to participate on the trip that you are considering.
No, you do not need a theological degree to participate or teach on one of our trips, but you do need to be apt to teach and possess ministry experience. Additionally, some training sites offer other ministry outlets during the trip that will allow those who are not seeking to teach alternate ministry avenues.
Short-term trips average around $2,000 with some trips costing more and some costing less. Airfare has the most significant impact on the cost of a trip.
The cost of your trip covers airfare, ground transportation, food and water, lodging, translators, trip insurance, and an administrative fee. When traveling to countries that require a visa, there is an additional cost with the visa agency. We provide the necessary information for processing visas.
No. For liability and logistical reasons, we must purchase all airline tickets for short-term trips.
We provide coaching and guidance on raising support for your trip; however, we cannot provide any financial assistance for trip participants.
No. The cost of the trip does not include immunizations or pre-trip medical expenses. We recommend that individuals consult with their doctor before participating on a trip. We also recommend that the person visit the US Department of State’s website concerning the country of travel. For each trip we purchase travel insurance that covers emergency medical costs during the trip.
No. Trip participants are not able to extend a short-term trip before or after the official trip.
The Great Commission is fulfilled through planting healthy churches. Because RTIM operates out of a biblical understanding of the church and of missions, we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with them.
Our church loves Reaching & Teaching. Their robust theological training, and church-centered approach to missions paired with their pastorally wise and servant-hearted staff gave our students an incredible summer.
Our partnership with RTIM has awakened a heart for missions in our members. We have learned a great deal about serving & teaching cross-culturally, and we look forward to contributing at another teaching site as God opens the opportunity.
Talk to Us About a Church Partnership
We understand that you want to mobilize your church to strategically and effectively make an impact for Christ around the world. Let’s work together to meet the global need for deep discipleship, pastoral preparation, leadership training, and theological education so that the gospel is spread to all peoples.