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SEND U explanation

Mission Statement

SEND U’s task is to equip and develop SEND missionaries and leaders in order to accomplish the overall mission of SEND International, to mobilize God’s people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches.

SEND U stands for SEND University! We are not a university and do not aspire to be one if that means a campus, a huge library and a number of tenured professors. But we do want to provide training and training resources and want to equip our missionaries to serve more effectively.
Using the analogy of an educational institution, we seek to fill the role of:

  • a coffee shop - a place online where our missionaries can talk to one another about what they are learning
  • a library - a place to find resources and get recommendations about where to look for what we need to learn
  • a classroom - a place to interact with subject matter experts regarding topics that are important to the success of our ministry

Vision of SEND U

  • Every SEND missionary will have access to the resources and guidance needed for their ongoing personal and professional development
  • Lifelong, intentional learning focused on both character and skills will become a high value for every SEND missionary.
  • Coaching will become a pervasive method of supervision and leadership development in SEND.
  • SEND leaders will confidently and capably lead their teams to accomplish God’s calling and SEND's mission, and will be nurturing their own personal development and the development of their team members while doing so.
  • People will join SEND and stay in SEND because the mission is intentionally helping them to grow.

Values to guide the development of SEND U Training

  • Task and development. SEND U values both the urgency of the mission's task and the importance of the personal growth and development of its members. Therefore priority will be given to both increasing the ministry effectiveness and developing the character of the members of SEND.
  • Previous learning. SEND U values God’s work of grace, personal experiences, and previous training of each SEND member. Therefore training will seek to build on that foundation and as much as possible, be individualized to meet the needs of the member.
  • Adult learning principles. SEND values a facilitative approach to learning that builds on previous knowledge, involves the learner in the process of discovery, and demonstrates the immediate, practical relevance of what is learned.
  • Varied approaches. SEND U values the different learning styles of our members, and therefore will employ a variety of training approaches.
  • Life-long learning. SEND U values life-long learning and growth. Therefore SEND U will encourage each SEND member to pursue ongoing growth and learning, regardless of his or her position and experience within the mission. SEND trainers will themselves pursue continuous learning about how to better equip our members for life and ministry.

Coaching

Coaching is an essential component of the SEND U program, and a key method of accelerating learning and development of gifts and skills.

  • Definition - “Coaching is an ongoing conversation that empowers a person or team to fully live out God's calling in their life and profession. The goal of coaching is to develop a person or team to more effectively reflect, correct, and generate new learning. … Coachees are in the driver's seat. Coachees choose their own growth goals. Coachees reflect deeply on their current situation. Coachees decide their next steps. All the while, the coach listens and asks reflective questions, supportively challenging limited beliefs and behaviors. Advice-giving is kept to a minimum so that the coachee can discover Holy Spirit inspired solutions.” (Keith Webb)
  • SEND U is developing a pool of qualified coaches, who will be able and willing to coach SEND missionaries and team and area leaders.

Training Opportunities

Four different types of training are under the umbrella of SEND U. SEND U does not “run” all these training programs, but seeks to provide coordination and prevent overlap and duplication.

See current training events on the wiki.

  1. Self-directed learning through Individual Growth Plans.   An IGP guide can be found at http://bit.ly/AMPIGP. Each SEND missionary is expected to develop one each year.
  2. Pre-field training – Candidate Orientation Program, Member Orientation Program
  3. Ministry skill and missiological training for current SEND missionaries.  Some examples:
    1. MOP-up – coaching for first-term missionaries after language school (http://bit.ly/MOPupexplanation)  
    2. Crosswired – self-paced, independent modules (sendu.crosswired.com)
    3. Various online courses on church planting on Grow2Serve- Evangelism, Discipleship, etc.
    4. The Coaching Workshop - 3-day training in using coaching in leadership and ministry
    5. Multiplying Churches Globally – annual church planting training in Minneapolis
    6. Women to Women Ministry Training (http://womensdevelopmenttrack.com)
  4. Leadership training.   Some examples:
    1. Online courses for team leaders offered annually
    2. Regional leadership development cohort
    3. Annual training at Directors’ Council for field leaders
    4. Area Director Boot Camp – orientation for new field leaders

See a list of SEND U recommended training opportunities in the life of a missionary at http://bit.ly/SUtrainingopps.

Although some materials will be developed “in-house” by the SEND U team or teachers/trainers within SEND, SEND U will also evaluate and use appropriate training materials and programs offered by other educational and mission organizations.

SEND U has staff living in Ukraine, the Philippines, Alaska, and Michigan. The SEND U Leadership Team includes representatives from each region of the world and from the SEND Women's Ministry Department and the SEND sending offices. But much, if not the majority of the training and coaching is done by a host of other experienced SEND missionaries living in various countries around the world, sharing their experience and knowledge with their peers.

Download the SEND U short introduction.pdf

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