Mentoring & Coaching
While expected to be self-initiating, missionary candidates are not left on their own without support. Teams have regular debriefing sessions, and individuals each have a mentor that regularly meets with them to help process what they are experiencing. We know that life and ministry during this year can be quite challenging, so the regular support of an experienced mentor is an essential element. Regular debriefs and mentoring provide foundational support for spiritual formation during your year of service.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the world population became more than 50% urban dwellers, and it is projected that by the middle of the twenty-first century, the world's populations may become as much as 70% urban. Simultaneously, we are living during the greatest global migration in world history, and the majority of the world's migrants are relocating to or near cities. As a result, our philosophy of missionary practice must match the new realities of this new world. Training in New York City -- the planet's quintessential global city -- provides experience living and working in an urban world. The city provides a unique (and yet increasingly common) blend of unreached people groups, the force of secularizing culture, postmodernism, and numerous interactions with a variety of cultures. Missionary engagement in the city requires a different rhythm of life, and New York provides a training ground for an urban world.