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Missionary Preparation & Orientation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHY ATTEND MPO?

Our Missionary Preparation and Orientation training is a valuable resource for those desiring to become a missionary with Go To Nations. This training is the first stage of our comprehensive Equipping Track and is an A-Z orientation designed to help you solidify your calling, discover what mission service with Go To Nations entails, and to identify your next steps. If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of our GoTeam, please complete the interest form on our MPO webpage at gotonations.org/mpo.  

 

WHAT ARE THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO ATTENDING MPO?

To attend, you must be at least 20 years old with two years of documented ministry service in a local church or ministry that is meaningful, consistent, and faithful. Couples need to be married for a minimum of one year and participate in the program together. Also, each candidate must have completed a Readiness Assessment. Instructions on completing this assessment will be provided by our GoTeam following the initial phone interview process. This assessment assiss Go To Nations in determining a potential candidate's preparedness to attend our Missionary Preparation & Orientation. 

The Readiness Assessment is conducted by Campion & Barrow and has an associated cost of $350 paid directly to them.

 

WHERE IS THE TRAINING HELD?

Our Missionary Preparation and Orientation training is held at Go To Nations World Headquarters located at 3771 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

 

HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING?

Missionary Preparation and Orientation is a 12-day training that begins with a welcome orientation on the first Sunday afternoon and extends through to the second Thursday, ending with an evening graduation celebration. A detailed schedule will be provided.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Our most updated training costs and registration deadlines are listed on the following webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-cost. Please note that our registration and tuition fees are non-refundable.

 

CAN I RAISE MY TUITION FUNDS? 

Many candidates are financially supported by their church, family, or friends. Normally, all donations given to Go To Nations are tax-deductible, but due to the tangible benefit our candidates receive for this training, the IRS has determined that MPO donations are not tax-deductible. Please make this known to any potential donors before accepting their donation.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS TRAINING?

Your first step is to complete the interest form on our MPO webpage at gotonations.org/mpo. A member of our GoTeam will contact you to discuss your unique situation and help you determine if MPO and Go To Nations are right for you. Once your phone interview is complete, you will be instructed on how to complete a Readiness Assessment that will assist us in determining your preparedness for mission service. After careful review, further instructions will be provided for your next steps.

 

HOW DO I PAY MY REGISTRATION FEE?

Your registration fee may be paid online, over the phone, or by mail. Please refer to the instructions on our MPO webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-cost.  The registration fee is due when you submit your application forms and is non-refundable.

 

WHEN IS MY TUITION DUE?

50% of the total tuition costs is due no less than 30 days before MPO. Any remaining tuition balance is paid on or before the first day of class.

 

HOW DO I PAY MY TUITION?

Tuition may be paid online, over the phone, or by mail. Please refer to the instructions on our MPO webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-cost. Please note that tuition fees are non-refundable.

 

WHAT IS THE SRS BOOTCAMP?

Support Raising Solutions (SRS) is a partner ministry that provides excellent support raising strategies for missionaries to become fully funded for long-term success. During the second week of MPO training, we provide an SRS Bootcamp that will launch you into your partnership development journey fully prepared to share and grow your ministry.

 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE SRS BOOTCAMP?

You must register in advance for the SRS Bootcamp and complete 24-40+ hours of homework before attending MPO. You may pre-register from our webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-modules or directly from supportraisingsolutions.org/bootcamps/go-to-nations/. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

 

WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS AND I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND AFTER I'VE REGISTERED?

We will do our best to work with you so that you may attend another training at a later date. Unfortunately, all registration fees and tuition costs are non-refundable, but we will hold your funds for up to one year from the date of your cancellation/postponement. At that time, any and all reserved funds will be forfeit. Please email training@gotonations.org if you are experiencing any challenges to discuss your options.

 

WHAT IS THE READINESS ASSESSMENT?

The Readiness Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by Campion, Barrow, & Associates. Campion, Barrow, and Associates was established in 1974 and offers hiring evaluation services for businesses, churches, and mission agencies alike. Their evaluations are used to help us determine a candidate's readiness for mission service.

The cost of the Readiness Assessment is assumed by the candidate for a fee of $350. Completing this assessment does not guarantee employment (missionary status) with Go To Nations or the opportunity to attend missionary training.

 

WHAT IS THE UNIQUELY YOU ASSESSMENT?

Uniquely You is a behavioral profile assessment that helps identify your unique personality in the four temperament model of human behavior (D.I.S.C.). This assessment is designed to identify the unique design of your personality and how that affects others and working in team dynamics. Your results and subsequent training about your unique temperament will be shared during class.

 

IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?

It is the responsibility of each candidate to make their own travel arrangements to and from Jacksonville, Florida. This includes providing your own transportation to and from class each day. Candidates are free to arrange ride sharing with other candidates.

 

WHERE WILL I STAY DURING THE TRAINING?

Go To Nations has a Host Home Network of individuals who open their homes to missionaries and missionary candidates when they come to Jacksonville, Florida, for training. Availability is limited, but we will do everything we can to arrange a comfortable place for you to stay. To learn more, please visit our webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-housing

 

ARE MEALS INCLUDED?

Our World Headquarters staff provides breakfast, lunches, and snacks daily. Feel free to carry in any additional food or beverage items that you would like.

If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to include them on your MPO application form. You may also email training@gotonations.org if you would like to follow-up and ensure your needs will be met. Evening meals are not provided.

 

HOW SHOULD I DRESS?

Dress requirements are Business Casual on most days. This means that you may wear jeans but please refrain from wearing jeans with holes. Shorts, tank tops, and flip flops are not permitted. We suggest that you dress professional on the first Tuesday for your individual and class photo, and for the graduation ceremony on the final Thursday evening.

Dressing professionally (no jeans) is a requirement of the SRS Bootcamp which is held on Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week.

 

WHAT ITEMS SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

You will need to bring a laptop computer and a paper Bible with you. If possible, two computers per couple. Please bring your driver's license, passport, social security card, marriage license, any credit cards you may have, and a cancelled check or direct deposit form from your bank for employment purposes. We will copy these items on the last day of class.

 

WHAT DOES THE CURRICULUM COVER?

MPO offers a well-rounded curriculum developed by veteran missionaries with decades of experience in global missions. You may view our modules and key subjects on our MPO webpage at gotonations.org/mpo-modules.

 

IS MY SPOUSE REQUIRED TO ATTEND WITH ME?

Attending MPO is not the same as orientation and training for a traditional job. Becoming a missionary is a unique calling that requires major adjustments and sacrifices in your daily life. A married couple will need to be equally prepared and equipped for mission service. Therefore, attending MPO together is a necessary requirement.

 

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

We ask that you make arrangements for your children to remain at home during this time of training. We believe in involving the whole family in ministry. However, we have learned that due to the intensity and length of this training, it is most beneficial for husbands and wives to devote this time to processing the training modules and seeking the Lord each evening without also having to balance the care for their children in an unknown environment. Unfortunately, Go To Nations is unable to provide child care. 

 

WHAT DETERMINES MY ELIGIBILITY TO BECOME A GO TO NATIONS MISSIONARY?

Eligibility is determined by many factors that our Evaluation Council carefully weighs out with each individual candidate. Things that are considered include the candidate's Readiness Assessment, application forms and questionnaires, personal interviews, and conversations with provided references. We are always looking for ways to validate and affirm the missions call on a candidate's life. After much prayer and consideration, the Evaluation Council will offer next-step recommendations to all of our candidates during MPO, whether or not they are offered missionary status with Go To Nations.  

* An invitation to join Go To Nations is not guaranteed at the conclusion of MPO.