MPD deputation, training & skills development

Walking alongside you as you prepare for the mission field. 



Helping you develop the skills you need as you prepare to deploy

MPD Deputation
“Deputation” refers to the period of time, usually 12-18 months, when you are meeting with potential ministry partners (potential prayer and financial supporters). You’ll be sharing your ministry/mission vision, inviting churches and individuals to join your financial support team.

After you attain about 70% of your monthly commitments, you will be eligible to begin your MSD, or Missionary Skills Development, two separate residency courses which are required for most Missionary Appointees.

Monthly Deployment Advising (MDA)
You will be assigned a Converge Monthly Deployment Advisor (MDA). You will meet via skype once a month for about 45 minutes during your Deputation period, until you have achieved full financial support and have successfully completed all MAC-assigned next steps and other Launch-related next steps as outlined in your forthcoming Personalized Monthly Deployment Plan. Your MDA will be your primary point-of-contact person for all of your Converge-related needs and pre-deployment preparation questions until you are deployed.

Professional MPD Training
Converge has partnered with Stewardship Ambassadors to train all our Converge Appointees. You will be introduced by email from John DeCleene to Dave Sherman. Dave will have a short call with you, and, give you the link to complete the video training, and, prepare your presentation. You will then meet with Dave again either by Zoom, or, at Launch. Then you begin sharing your vision with potential partners.

Missionary Skills Development (MSD)
Once you have raised about 70% of your monthly support quota and are within about 6 months of overseas departure—and IM (via your Monthly Deployment Advisor) has given you the MSD go-ahead—you will very likely need these two additional areas of Missionary Skill Development before you head overseas (see next MSD dates and locations here):

  • Pre-Field Cross-Cultural Equipping (via the Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry course offered by our partners at CIT, the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina). Generally CIT offers four options each year; each option runs 4 weeks in length. See next MSD dates and locations here, then contact John DeCleene for permission to enroll yourself.
  • Cost: $1,600/person, plus about $600-$800/person for food & housing, plus RT transportation to Union Mills NC. 

      Valley Church has had excellent experiences in partnering Converge in AIDS prevention and treatment in Nigeria and with micro-finance and health care in Ivory Coast. I applaud their values of prioritizing the least-reached and pursuing multiplication.

      Doug Christgau, Valley Community Baptist Church, Avon, Connecticut