A number of key partners are involved in this integrative learning process. Each brings specific resources to help the entire network succeed in its mission. Supervision of the CLTP is provided through the Center for International Leadership Development at NBS. Mark Naylor is the current coordinator, a position jointly sponsored by Northwest Baptist Seminary and Fellowship International Ministries.
1. Northwest Baptist Seminary (Langley, British Columbia) is the regional ministry leadership development center for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches. Its faculty and administration provide the academic support structure for this program. This includes program development, oversight and implementation. It contributes specific courses, academic advising, financial support, and linkage into the Master degree program of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools. It evaluates the academic admissibility of candidates to the program and upon successful conclusion grants the candidate a certificate. If the student elects to proceed to the Master’s level, it also becomes the Seminary through which that degree is earned. Financially it contributes financial aid resources to the students.
2. Fellowship International Ministries(Guelph, Ontario) is the national missions agency of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches. The cross-cultural expertise of its members has contributed to the development of the program. FEBI will be a key agency to place the student in an appropriate international setting for mentoring, and will work with those students who have the ultimate goal of fulltime cross-cultural ministry placement with Fellowship International Ministries.
3. The local church partners with NBS and FEBI through the CLTP program as part of their missional vision to equip a leader for intercultural ministry in Canada or for effective global impact in overseas missions. They will also contribute prayer support, general mentoring, and finances. It is hoped that as the student progresses the church will be confirmed in their decision to promote the candidate as an emerging leader in intercultural ministry.
4. Ethnic Church Commissions assist regional Fellowship conferences through the establishment and development of churches characterized by different ethnicity. Their leaders will be invited to mentor these students by placing them in cross-cultural church ministry situations and allow them to develop and reflect upon their cross-cultural ministry skills, understanding and abilities. Placement in such ministry settings is coordinated by the supervisor of the CLTP program.
5. Gateway Training Center (Langley, British Columbia) provides one semester of cross-cultural training in a cohort setting at the certificate level, guidance for the integrative project during the short term missions experience, and a one week debriefing following the overseas ministry.
6. Other Local cross-cultural ministries may also be utilized to provide mentors and environments that will allow the candidate opportunity to develop cross-cultural ministry skills and passion.1f43