COVID-19 UPDATE - 2021 SOFM
We are excited to announce that we will be running our SOFM (Reverse)! Scroll down for details
WHAT IS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS (SOFM)?
The SoFM is about discovering God’s heartbeat for nations and people groups. All our lecturers are/were missionaries and experts in their area of teaching. The school is designed to equip Christians with essential training to live and work amongst the unreached people groups who have had little or no exposure to the message of God’s love.
Students are taught strategic missions thinking, language and culture learning, survival skills, team work, leadership, logistical and psychological preparation for long term mission work.
>> Train students to discover the worldview of their target people group
>> Assist students to find their area of calling in frontier missions
>> Impart cross-cultural communication skills
>> REGISTRATION FEE:
>> TUITION FEE:
>> Successful completion of DTS
>> Proficient in English
>> Recommendations from your Pastor and DTS leader
During the 3-month lecture phase, topics will include:
• Biblical and Historical Basis of Missions
• The Pillars in mission - Prayers & Evangelism
• Language learning & Cross-cultural Living
• Mission Strategies
• Church Planting Movements
• Worldview and Beliefs of various religions
• Understanding Asian Culture and Worldview
• Business, Community Development and other platforms
• Effective Teams and Pioneering
• Team Building and Dynamics (how to build great team relationships)
• Resiliency and thriving in the Mission Field
Staff and students will also experience cross-culture worship, church and local evangelism throughout the school. We will visit mosques and temples together, spend time in local communities, and learn from those around us. You will hear from experienced field workers, staff & church planters, who have years of ministry, countless stories, and eye-opening case studies to learn from.
After the lecture phase you will be on a 9-month field internship. We will help place you with a Church Planting team and there you will be mentored and coached to start your missional learning journey amongst the unreached peoples group.
The internship enables you to experientially acquire skills necessary for medium- to long-term ministry in frontier missions. Being trained to cross a cultural barrier can save years of frustration and can lay a sound foundation for effective long term ministry.
Through the internship, as a part of a team on the mission field, interns learn how to:
• Speak the heart language of the target people group
• Understand the local culture to share the gospel more effectively
• Work well within a field team
• Thrive in a frontier location
Interns are mentored through both the lecture and field phases. The SoFM staff are passionate about seeing missionaries equipped and supported to flourish in the mission field God has called them to.
NEXT SCHOOL (2021)
School of Frontier Missions in Reverse (SOFM-R) 2021
Course Structure & Modular Overview
The SOFM-R is open for anyone to apply, but only DTS graduates will receive UofN credits. The school takes place over 40 weeks, broken up into 10 modules of 3 to 4 weeks each. Options are available to either enroll for the entire school, or to sign up on a per-module basis. Students who take the course from the beginning will teach content on disciple-making movements (DMM) and Bible storytelling to other recruits along the way. In this way, every student will get the opportunity to learn and put to practice the principles of DMM.
Start date: March 7, 2021
Email: [email protected]
SCHOOL FEES Full School – S$5,000
Modular – $550 for 4-week long modules & S$420 for 3-week long modules (refer to table for details on module dates)
Course Topic & Description
- Basic Training: God's heart for missions, disciple-making movements (DMM), Bible storytelling, telling your testimony, simple church, worship and intercession. Classes will be held every morning, 5 days a week. Students will read and produce a book report on the book of Acts. (This 1st month is more classroom centric. The school will be much more outreach centric from the 2nd module onward)
- Intimacy & Warfare: Ministry from a place of intimacy with Christ & spiritual warfare on the frontiers
- Culture & Language: Understanding the differences in cultures & ‘D-I-Y’ language acquisition anywhere
- Team Dynamics: Team dynamics & living with less (including a camping trip to Pulau Ubin), friend-raising/writing a newsletter
- Worldview I: Animism & Islam (including 3D shame/honour cultures & unreached people groups profiling)
- Worldview II: Buddhism & Hinduism
- Self-Care: Self-care, self-leadership, crisis management, Sabbath (with Sept 5 – 10 off)
- Missions Platforms I: Business with a mission & mercy ministry
- Missions Platforms II: Community development & teaching English as a 2nd language, digital frontier missions
- History & Pioneering: History of missions & apostolic pioneering
Weekly Schedule Outline
• Sunday afternoons - Outreach
• Mondays - Debrief & Discussions/ Worship & Prayer/ Teaching of DMM & Bible storytelling
• Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Class Tome/ Presentations/ Workshops
• Thursdays and Friday Mornings - Outreach
• Friday lunch-times until Sunday lunch-times - OFF
Students are encouraged to live in at one of YWAM’s hostels in Geylang throughout the school or duration of the modules they are enrolled in, for real-life exposure to the value of working in teams out on the frontiers.
Word-Focus & Reading Assignments
Full-time students will be expected to read through and report on the entire Bible chronologically from start to end. There will be other projects and reading assignments as well. A reading/book list will be furnished to all registered students.
Outreach & Internship
The outreach portion of the school will be based directly on the DMM model and focus on the unreached in Singapore. This model has been widely accepted across the unreached world as the most effective and promising way forward to see the Great Commission fulfilled. It is simple, relational and easily reproducible.
Our city outreach will centre around the following: getting connected (relationally), telling your own story, telling the story of God (based on the Bible), leading people to believe in Jesus and be baptised, discipling new believers in small groups, worship and prayer. Learning little by little and step by step, we will practice just-in-time training.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16 NKJV