Church Partner Orientation
You're Invited to Join Your Missionary at Orientation!
Once a missionary has been appointed, TEAM spends a week gathering appointees together to learn about what life as a missionary will look like, how TEAM can walk beside them through their time on the field, and get to know one another as new missionaries. Missionaries, TEAM staff, and sending churches spend time together sharing insights and ideas in workshops, worship, and fellowship. A representative from your church is invited to share in this valuable time with your missionary!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is invited to come?
For those missionaries who are attending Missionary Orientation or Pre-Departure Orientation, we invite a representative from your church. A representative could be someone on staff or a volunteer such as a missions committee member.
Where will we stay?
At Ridgecrest, we will stay at Ridgecrest Conference Center in hotel-style lodging. In Wheaton, Illinois, you have two options—lodging at a local hotel or dorm-style at Wheaton College.
I live in the area. Do I have to spend the night?
Nope, that’s fine! After you register, you will receive an email with your options for lodging. Just let us know then you would like to commute.
What is the schedule?
We will begin with a devotional time on the first evening after dinner. On the second day, we will have church-specific workshops as well as give you time to attend sessions with your missionary such as who is TEAM and setting a vision for ministry. On the last morning, we will discuss what it looks like to be a missional church and engage your whole congregation in local and global ministry. We will end before lunch, and you will be free to attend afternoon sessions with your missionary if you’d like.
How do I fly there
Ridgecrest Conference Center has a shuttle from the Ashville Regional Airport. Wheaton College is about 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare, and Uber is available from there to the college. Please plan to arrive in the early afternoon on the first day and depart late afternoon/evening on the last day.
Where do I send my payment?
Once you’re registered, we will be in contact via email about where you can send payment and how to arrange your lodgings.
Are there scholarships available?
I have a question that isn’t listed. Who should I ask?
Reserve your spot today!