Cross-Cultural Orientation Schedule & Information

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Whether you are interested in serving cross-culturally for two weeks, two months, two years, or a lifetime, training is a crucial part of preparing to go. The Church of the Nazarene recognizes the importance of training for cross-cultural ministry and provides a Cross-Cultural Orientation (CCO) weekend event several times throughout the year. We know we cannot cover all the topics regarding cross-cultural service in a weekend. However, the goal is to provide you with viewpoints and resources to help you continue to grow and develop long after the weekend is over.

Attendance at the Cross-Cultural Orientation qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Nazarene Clergy. Contact pastor@nazarene.org if you have questions about obtaining CEUs for attending this event. You can register by following the link above.

The Cross-Cultural Orientation weekend has two phases of training and orientation. They are explained below as follows:

The first phase is for everyone interested in serving no matter how long you stay on the field and will go from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. During that time we will cover crucial aspects of serving cross-culturally such as culture, communication, evangelism, travel and safety and broadening our worldview. We will also discuss topics specific to the Church of the Nazarene. All of these topics will be presented through interactive activities, role plays, discussions, PowerPoint and videos. The first couple days are great for those looking to go on a mission trip or work with others in your local church who may sense a call to full-time missionary service or those looking to serve for fewer than 3 months.

The second phase is for those interested in serving long-term. The CCO event will continue Saturday night and go through Sunday morning. During these times we will go deeper into areas that affect long-term service. We will discuss practical things like fundraising, insurance, and the steps to get to the field. We will also spend time talking about important concepts like incarnational living and the future of missions in the Church of the Nazarene. Everyone is welcome to attend all three days; however anyone who desires to serve for 3 months or more is required to attend the entire CCO event from Friday to Sunday.

"I believe that the CCO is so important for helping to prepare people mentally for a different cultural experience. Having lived overseas as I child, it was probably easier for me than for others, but even so...it is good to know different techniques, get advice, and hear other peoples' stories. It was a great time to be challenged and encouraged!"
~Rachel, served 2 years in Asia

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan to attend:

  • Housing & Meals - in order to keep the cost to a minimum, each participant may choose where they are going to stay and where they would like to eat. We would encourage participants to stay with friends in the area or at a hotel nearby. On-site food service is usually available through each of our colleges and universities, as well as local restaurants. If you have questions about hotel accommodations, please locate your event's information sheet here or contact us at MissionCorps@nazarene.org.
  • Transportation - Global Mission is unable to offer shuttle services; therefore, the best option for participants would be to either rent a car (if you plan to fly) or to make arrangements with friends or family in the area. All participants will need to be responsible for daily transportation to and from the event.
  • Dress - Dress is casual.
  • Items to bring - Writing utensil and an openness to learn. Snacks are optional.
  • Registration - If possible, please register 30 days before the event. Although walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is preferred.
 
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