Volunteer in Missions Leader’s Training

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Great Plains 2017 UMVIM Team Leader’s Training
Wichita East District  

: March 4 – Wichita East District, Chapel Hill UMC, 1550 N Chapel Hill St, Wichita/9am-3pm

Cost: $30 per person, which covers lunch and training materials.

The Great Plains United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (GPVIM) Team Leader’s Training equips and resources passionate VIM team leaders and outreach leaders to lead mission experiences domestically and internationally. The training has three parts:

Part I:  M2015 Guatemela Mission 8issio Dei and the Contemporary World

This section engages the biblical call to mission and the contemporary world’s cultural diversity. The focus is on equipping servants who will serve others who are unlike them socio-culturally without diminishing others’ human dignity as God’s children.

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Part II: Mission Volunteer Leadership and Long Term Development Strategy

This section addresses the challenges of engaging in mission experiences in ways that explore projects that lead to self-sustaining solutions among the local people. The focus is on equipping team leaders with tools to move from service mentality in mission and outreach to transforming solutions that can be sustained by the local resources.


Part III: Mission Volunteer and Contextualization

This section focuses on specific mission contexts where team leaders plan to take their teams, local and international.

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The training will be led by Mercy and Justice Coordinator, Rev. Kalaba Chali. Chali brings a depth of cross-cultural skills, local and international mission experiences.


To register click here. Note: Chapel Hill UMC will cover the $30 cost for its members who attend.

Pre-Training Request

Read at least one of the following books, if you need a copy of any of these books, please send Chali an email (kchali@greatplainsumc.org) to request a book:

  • Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption by Claire Diaz-OrtizSammy Ikua Gachagua (recommended when working with Orphanages/children)
  • Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities by Bob Lupton (good resources to address poverty issues and transform our food pantry into long term solutions
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (good resource when addressing the issue of poverty and encouraging local resources as assets to solving the problems)
  • Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer (recommended for those working in different social-cultural locations than their own)
  • Ministering Cross-Culturally by Sherwood Lingenfelter and Marvin Mayers (good resource for relationship building between persons from the majority world-nonwestern and those from the western cultures)


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