CONNECT is self-paced. The time frame varies for each participant depending on individual experience, work, family and ministry situations. Our suggested completion time is two years part-time.
Participants live in regular housing in order to give them ample opportunity to apply what they are learning in their church and local community. They are encouraged to use some of their time for “normal” things like employment, study, voluntary work, community groups and church ministries. This allows participants to live out all that they are learning in very real and practical ways.
CONNECT is a church- based program. We encourage participants’ local churches to be involved in the equipping process. In addition, as participants answer discussion questions in the online tutorials, CONNECT staff provide feedback and mentoring as they discuss what God is teaching them.
CONNECT is highly flexible and is adjusted to suit the intended ministry context of participants.
As participants near completion of the CONNECT program, CONNECT staff give a reference of the participant to agencies, churches and overseas ministry teams. To do this, staff need to get to know the participants well and this happens as participants complete the discussion questions in the online tutorials. So while previous education and training are considered, we encourage participants to complete all the modules.
Once the contact form is filled out, CONNECT staff will be in touch to organise a follow up meeting to help applicants decide whether CONNECT is the right program for them.