Short-term Ministry

Our vision

We Exist to Serve the Church

Approximately 85% of the pastors serving in local churches around the world have little to no access to formal theological training. Reaching & Teaching seeks to equip national pastors and church leaders in their local setting with non-formal biblical and theological education.

 

How We Help

The Training Roadmap

Reaching & Teaching partners with like-minded churches and qualified individuals to provide teaching teams to international sites.  These training sites have been carefully evaluated and serve indigenous pastors who are eager for more training. 

Teachers will follow a set curriculum to provide training three times a year for three years at each site. In addition to personal spiritual disciplines and practical ministry instruction, the students will learn the following.

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Course 01Old Testament

Old Testament

Overview of the Old Testament

Bible Intake

God’s Call to Ministry

Course 02New Testament

New Testament

Overview of the New Testament

Prayer

The Pastor’s Character

Course 03Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics

Worship

Shepherding God’s Flock

Course 04Church Doctrine

Church Doctrine

Christian Doctrine

Scripture Memorization

Ordinances

Course 05Church History

Church History

Church History

Serving

Developing Leaders

Course 06Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology

Evangelism

Mentoring

Course 07Missions & Church Planting

Missions & Church Planting

Missions and Church Planting

Stewardship

Community Engagement

Course 08Homiletics

Homiletics

Homiletics

Fasting

Church Finances

Course 09Family Ministry & Counseling

Family Ministry & Counseling

Family Ministry and Counseling

Silence in Solitude

Church Discipline

Training Leaders Year After Year

Short-term Partnership Levels

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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. These trainings occur at each site three times a year for three years. Partnering churches can engage with us at one of three levels:

  • Level 1 - During a selected site’s training program, churches provide teachers for one short-term trip per year for three years.
  • Level 2 - During a selected sites training program, churches provide teachers for two short-term trips per year for three years.
  • Level 3 - During a selected sites training program, provide teachers for three short-term trips per year for three years.
What's Next?

1. Meet with a Mobilizer

Interested in learning more about our short-term ministry? Start with a conversation with one of our Mobilizers.

2. Join A Training Trip

Work with one of our Training Facilitators to get involved in one of our training sites around the world.

3. Commit to a Training Site

Consider partnering with us by providing ongoing teaching teams for one of our training sites.

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.
David Rainer, Church Partner
Get Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my church can’t commit to a three-year partnership?

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.

We want to serve in a specific region of the world but don’t see it listed on your website.

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.

Are There Opportunities For Women To Serve On Short-Term Trips?

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!

Will An Interpreter Be Provided?

Yes. When needed, we will provide a translator for teaching and general communication.

What Are The Requirements To Participate On A Trip?

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.

Are Other Ministry Opportunities Available During The Week?

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.

Under What Circumstances might a trip be rescheduled or cancelled?

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.

How Long Are Your Short-Term Trips?

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.

How Do I Know Which Trips Are Open To Participate?

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.

Do you need to have a theological degree to participate on a teaching team?

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.

How Much Do Short-Term Trips Typically Cost?

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.

What Does The Cost Of The Trip Cover?

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.

May I Purchase My Own Airfare For My Trip?

No. For liability and logistical reasons, we must purchase all airline tickets for short-term trips.

Will Reaching & Teaching Help Me Raise Support For My Trip?

We provide coaching and guidance on raising support for your trip; however, we cannot provide any financial assistance for trip participants.

Does The Cost Of The Trip Cover Immunization And Medical Expenses?

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.

May I Tack On A Sightseeing Trip To Either End Of The Short-Term Trip?

No. Trip participants are not able to extend a short-term trip before or after the official trip.