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The first stage of member orientation for SEND International is led by the sending offices in Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines or the United States. This training focuses on equipping new missionaries to do partner development.
The subsequent levels of Member Orientation are led SEND U, which is part of the International Office of SEND International. MOP 200 courses are done prior to departure for cross-cultural ministry. MOP 300 courses are completed once one is already on the field
The curriculum and objectives of MOP are established by SEND U, SEND's training department. Regardless of whether the MOP is held in North America or Asia, the instruction is all in English although we have provided simultaneous translation into Spanish, Russian and Chinese for previous MOP training.
The Member Orientation Program training begins with a 5-week online module. This course takes 5-6 hours per week of work, if English is your first language. It always precedes MOP 202 (MOP onsite), and generally starts about 6-7 weeks prior to MOP 202 so that the participants finish about a week before the next level of MOP. See the syllabus for the online course here.
MOP 201 is required of all mid-term and long-term members of SEND.
MOP 202/ 202V is required of all long-term members of SEND.
SEND U conducts a 2-week onsite Member Orientation Program two times a year in two different locations. This is called MOP 202.
SEND U staff is now developing another version of MOP 202 which will be entirely completed online over a 6-week period. This will be called MOP 202V.
MOP+ is a one-week online course on participant observation that builds on the very basic ethnography training that we provide at MOP online and MOP onsite. Since MOP+ happens after the missionary has arrived in their new culture, this course encourages practical application of cultural learning principles studied earlier in MOP. Participants receive an email reminder to take the course about 6 months after they arrive on the field. The course takes about 4-6 hours of work sometime during the first year on the field.
MOP-up is MOP under pressure and is a review of what was taught in MOP onsite and a self-assessment by the participant, looking at how well they have been able to implement the principles learned in the pre-field training. MOP-up is a 3-month assignment made by the field leadership, at a time when the new missionary has been on the field for about 2 years (or after 1 year if no language learning is required). During these 3 months, MOP-up is estimated to take about 2-3 hours/week and involves 6 coaching calls to help people review MOP. Lisa Redell works with the field leader to determine the right timing for MOP-up, and then she chooses a coach to help the first-term missionary through the MOP-up review. See more information about MOP-up on this wiki page.
MOP exists to equip missionary appointees and their children for effective transition into fruitful intercultural ministry with SEND International. To accomplish this purpose SEND seeks to:
Training time in MOP is limited and will focus on that which is first needed when one arrives in their place of service. Because likely it will still be a few years before participants in MOP will begin full-time ministry, the program will only introduce participants to ministry strategies, skills, and tools. Additional ministry training will be provided on the field after the completion of language and culture studies. In fact, ministry skill training will continue throughout one's ministry career.
See this wiki page.
This reading must be completed before the missionary leaves for the field. There are two parts to the MOP reading list:
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