Excellent preparation is critical for effective and sustainable intercultural ministry.

Baptist Mission Australia is committed to providing relevant, practical and thoughtful learning and development opportunities throughout an intercultural team member's candidacy, on-field ministry and home assignment.


We recognise that team members preparing for service come to Baptist Mission Australia with differing faith journeys, understanding of call and life experience. The aim of the learning process is to provide a clear, yet flexible plan to prepare for life and ministry as an intercultural team member. Team members prepare through three primary avenues; Theological education, Baptist Mission Australia courses (a mix of live-in and online) and a Personal Learning Plan.


Once on the field, it is important that the learning and development of Intercultural and Support Team Members continues. Team members who are willing to adopt a learning posture in their new culture and ministry will be more effective over a long period of time. Learning and development on location is predominantly made up of culture and language learning, team retreats, specific courses within the team or region and Personal Learning Plans. The opportunity to do further study to equip intercultural team members for their ministry is also a possibility.

Home Assignment

While on home assignment, Intercultural and Support Team Members take part in refresher Baptist Mission Australia courses and retreats, while also having the opportunity to engage in development that will assist in their on-field ministry and role.

Your learning and development will focus on three key learning areas: 1. Ministry Effectiveness 2. Personal and Spiritual Formation 3. Baptist Mission Australia Understanding