Guide to Service: Prepare

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The final step of the pre-service journey for you as an outgoing student missionary involves training and preparation. Every student missionary is required to take the Cross-Cultural Ministry class whether on WWU’s campus or online through Adventist Volunteer Service. You also will need to attend the Outgoing SM Orientation Retreat, as well as several teacher training sessions and other opportunities to learn more about your duties as a student missionary. These also provide priceless opportunities for you to grow closer to the other SMs you will be serving with.

Cross-Cultural Ministry class
Each SM is required to take the Cross-Cultural Ministry class that is offered during spring quarter (RELM 233). This is a great opportunity not only for general religion credit but also to meet other outgoing SMs and grow in your ability to engage in culturally competent mission service. If you are unable to take this class, there is an online course offered through Adventist Volunteer Service. Plan to register for this as part of your spring quarter schedule and come talk to us at the Chaplain’s Office if you have questions or need help registering for the online course.

Outgoing SM Retreat
In May we hold the annual Outgoing SM Orientation Retreat, a weekend where all those preparing to go out as student missionaries can meet, worship, and learn about what is to come. This weekend includes question-and-answer sessions, location-focused workshops, and time to talk to returned SMs. The Outgoing Retreat is a very valuable opportunity to get all your questions answered. It is one of the requirements for your SM scholarship that you will receive upon completion of your service.

SM vespers
In May we also have an Outgoing SM Dedication Vespers and reception that takes place during the usual vespers time. This is a special vespers aimed at consecrating your time of service and sending you out with the support of WWU, your friends, and families. Now is the time to mark your calendars and invite your parents. They won’t want to miss this.

Teacher orientation
For those who have accepted calls that include teaching duties, teacher orientation workshops are offered throughout the month of May. Faculty from the education department offer training, advice, and wisdom for those who are planning to teach. These are not-to-be-missed conversations that will contribute greatly to your comfort level during the first few days in the classroom and beyond!