How necessary is Bible college training before going overseas?
Each agency will have their own requirements about Bible/Theology training for long term service, however most recommend some level of study either prior to departure, while on the field or during a first home assignment time. The amount and level of training will also be reflective of the role that each individual has on the field. For example, a pastoral, church planting or theological education role clearly needs a good level of such training prior to departure. However a school teacher or engineer may not have the same requirement. Whatever the role it is still recommended that cross cultural training and orientation is undertaken.