Short-Term Mission Training

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Customized: Each church and team receives customized preparation, training and services.

Intense: A lot happens during DELTA Training.  DELTA's STM Coaches come to your church to challenge, equip and develop character in the team.

Interactive: Training is not gained by watching a video or reading a book, but by active learning. DELTA's training includes a variety of team building activities to develop unity and teamwork. DELTA also provides several cross-cultural exercises to simulate some experiences teams face on the field.

Informative: Each DELTA Training provides cross-cultural insights to enable the team to minister more effectively.

DELTA Ministries International has over 35 years experience and expertise in training and equipping individuals and churches in missions.  Over this period of time DELTA has Dr.-Douglas-with-boytrained over 10,100 individuals from over 800 teams who have ministered in over 100 countries and 30 U.S. states.

The staff at DELTA is available to consult with churches or individuals for a variety of topics on an informal or formal basis including:  short-term, mid-term and long-term missions involvement, purpose and philosophy of missions involvement, resourcing or assisting mission trip planning.

Our staff is available to you by phone or email as well as  meeting in person with you, your Pastor, missions committee or church.

DELTA staff are often requested to speak at missions conferences, for pulpit supply, Sunday schools and other church and evangelistic activities.  If you are interested in having a DELTA staff member speak at your church or event click here and a member of our staff will contact you.

DELTA offers four customized trainings.

Training Options

Training Only - A customized onsite training weekend from an experienced DELTA Ministries Missions Trainer.  Teams will be exposed to various interactive simulations designed to maximize their on-field experience.  Training weekends focus on character transformation, the ABC's of short-term mission, cultural adaptation, team building and evangelism training.  Each team member is provided the following resources:  DISC Personality Profile and Workbook, Spiritual Journal, Debrief Materials and various Missions Resources.

Full Service - A customized and high-touch service that guides church teams through the entire short-term process.  An experienced Short-Term Mission Coach guides each church team through DELTA Ministries' proven Teams Process.  Churches receive pre-trip consultation, customized ministry opportunities, field locations, travel arrangements, field and church coordination, customized onsite training, accidental, medical and evacuation insurance coverage and a team budget.  Each team member is provided the following resources:  Training Manual, T-shirt, DISC Personality Profile and Workbook, Spiritual Journal, Team Members STM Guide, Team Leaders STM Guide and various Missions Resources.

Customized trainings are also available based upon your needs.  These are examples of the different categories that can be covered during your customized training.

- Orientation
- Testimony Preparation
- Verse Memorization
- Support Discovery
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Physical Disciplines
- Commitment to Process
- Cross-cultural involvement
- Follow-up
- On-field Management
- Accountability
- Relationships
- Communication
- Personality Profile
- Conflict Resolution
- Work Ethics

TEAM LEADER TRAINING - The training for Team Trainers will help those who have been designated by their church to prepare their short-term mission teams for the field. Participants in this training examine critical content for training a team as well an effective delivery model. Participants will learn how to help a newly formed team prepare for cross-cultural ministry experience. In addition to core content of building character, team unity, and culture, participants select, lead and debrief experiential activities that will be useful when working with their own church teams.

TRAINING OF TRAINERS - This workshop is designed for pastors and lay leaders who are actively leading teams or are interested in learning how to develop more leaders of mission teams. This track is ideal for churches that have been sending short-term mission teams for several years and need ways to improve and enhance their preparation and follow–through process. During this session, we cover three topics: building character, building team unity and building bridges to cultures. Each participant receives a copy of DELTA’s Short-Term Mission Leaders Guide, Trainers Toolbox Notebook, as well as a CD with several PowerPoint presentations. The amount of resources you receive are more than sufficient for helping your formulate an effective training program at your church.

If you would like additional information or would like to speak in further detail about any of our services click here or call us toll free at 1-800-5-DELTA-2.


To mobilize means to put into movement. DELTA puts individuals, churches, schools and partners into movement to accomplish The Great Commission. This movement is from a home, pew, or seat to a field location around the world. Since 1979, DELTA has put 10,000 individuals and over 1,000 churches, schools and ministries into 100 countries and 30 US states.

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A coach is one who instructs or trains. DELTA provides churches, partner ministries, schools, team leaders, and host missionaries a personal coach that comes alongside to train and guide them on both general missions and short-term mission endeavors. A DELTA coach will meet face-to-face, by phone, video or email to equip for excellence.

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A resource is a source of supply or support. DELTA provides resources such as curriculum, webinars, tools, digital downloads, articles, blogs, referrals and more. All of these resources have been developed by experienced and skilled short-term and general mission practitioners.

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