Mission Training Opportunities

Mission Training Opportunities

There are some great training resources available to help churches understand the modern world and engage in culturally relevant mission.  Three are highlighted below:-

Listening & Engaging with Your Local Community – Cinannamon Network

Cinnamon is a christian charity that seeks to support churches in helping those most at need in their local community .  The Cinnamon Community Transformation Toolkit has been designed to assist churches that wants to explore, begin, or improve social action in their local community. The toolkit is designed to be a step-by-step process, helping you to work out:

  • The assets, challenges and needs within your local community,
  • How you can identify and work with local partners and the community itself to address some of the challenges,
  • What gifts, resources and capacity your church can access, and
  • Identify from this process what action can be taken.
  • Before undertaking the toolkit process, we encourage local churches to look firstly at Calling – What is God Doing, and How Do I Join In?

You can access the toolkit online here: https://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/ctp-calling/

Cinnamon Advisors are on hand to give support to churches as they work to see their local community transformed by the love of Christ. To speak with your advisor for the East Midlands please contact Nick Amis on 0797936654 or email nickamis@cinnamonnetwork.co.uk or visit their website: https://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/

MSM Online

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Online version of the classic and highly regarded MSM course.

  • The course lasts for 1 year and has 15 sessions, mirroring the locally delivered course. Church groups gather at a venue with good internet access (e.g. a home) and login to MSM online.  The online sessions are played through a DTV or a data projector.  Teaching by nationally known teacher/practitioners is interspersed by film clips and break out times, where participants earth and apply what they are learning.  Interaction between the groups happens via an onscreen chat facility.
  • Full materials are provided for participants with pointers for further study.
  • It is very well organised and hosted by Baptist Regional Minister, Simon Goddard and the materials a good.
  • It’s designed for church groups rather than individuals.
  • Full details here


  • Costs for the church are £295 per group (up to 5, with additional costs for bigger groups) plus £35 per person.


The crucible course

An integral part of BUGBs “Equipped to Pioneer” programme – 3 weekends per year over 2 years, or pick and mix.

  • Good, interactive learning facilitated by practitioners
  • Emphasises working from the margins in a post-Christendom setting. Urban bias.
  • Works for individuals and groups.
  • Full details here 


  • Full costs for the year £254 excluding accommodation (which is available at IMC, Birmingham).


BMS ‘Mission Where You Are’ course

A  brand new 2 year, 6 weekend programme drawing on BMSs wealth of cross cultural mission experience.  Pick and mix approach also possible.

Full details here 


  • Each weekend takes place at IMC in Birmingham, and costs £150 per person, including accommodation and meals.


You can apply directly for each of these courses, but if you want some advice about which would be best for you, please contact your Regional Minister.  If finances would hold you back, your church may have a training budget.  Failing this, the EMBA has some funds available to support those who would benefit; there’s an application form here. All we will ask in return is that you gain the support of your Minister and that you commit to share your learning with others.  In the first instance, contact your Regional Minister.