Training Courses

We value growing in technical skills, knowledge in addition to spiritual growth. We have gathered together a few of the training courses that we recommend. We invite you to participate in a course or two! 

Shortcourse

Recommended for Short, Long-term Missions and Professionals

This is CVM's annual 2-3 days training conference in Kansas City, MO every August that is filled with great seminars for those in practice domestically, serving in long-term missions and those considering short-term. Shortcourse is a time to gather together with other veterinary professionals like yourself to learn, grow and connect with others! Join us!


Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Highly Recommended for Short and Long-term Missions

This is a dynamic course where you'll discover what God is doing around the world and consider your part in His purposes. Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God's story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global church has responded and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth. Perspectives is offered throughout the year at extension sites across the U.S. and Canada, and online. Check out their website for more details. 


When Helping Hurts - Chalmers Center

Highly Recommended for Short and Long-term Missions

Chalmers Center provides a great resource to connect you with discussion groups and seminars based around the book, When Helping Hurts. This is an excellent resource for any Christian interested in how to truly assist those in poverty without creating dependency. It is a great guide for those who want to know which kinds of mission outreaches to support as well as how to do programs for practitioners on the front lines.


Farm Animal Refresher for Missions (F.A.R.M.)

Highly Recommended for Short and Long-term Missions

Are you a small animal vet or Tech who is interested in missions but needs to brush up on your farm animal skills? Then this is the course for you! Taught by CVM former long-term field staff member, Dr. Mary McDonald, this course is one you won't want to miss! This 2-3 day course for vets and techs who may have worked exclusively in small animal practice recently and feel the need for a practical, hands-on refresher in large animal handling and treatment before going on a missions trip. Click here for more information.


COMPASS - MTI (Missionary Training International)

Highly Recommended for Long-term Missions

These courses are designed to help you- and your family- develop the practical skills and attitudes that will successfully take you through the challenging and rewarding process of being interwoven with another culture. It will give you the tools and techniques necessary to learn a new language more quickly. The skills will multiply your effectiveness in cross-cultural ministry, allowing you to connect with the people you will live among as you share the message of Christ in their heart language. Prepare your whole family for cross-cultural life and ministry with their kids program. Compass is a 4 week residential training in Colorado Springs, CO. Similar programs are offered at the Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in North Carolina.


Microfinance with Education Network - Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center's unique approach to microfinance combines cutting-edge, savings-led strategies with education for people who are poor concerning their businesses, households, and health. Training courses are offered with a North American focus as well as ones with an international program. Using a relational, Biblical worldview approach, Microfinance with Education is a powerful intervention that even the poorest churches in the Majority World can use to respond to the complexities of poverty in their communities. These trainings are geared to those working with poor communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America and qualify participants to train those community members in savings and credit group management. Visit their website for more information. 

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