Discover how to lead preschoolers in missions discipleship through Mission Friends. In this course, learn the purposes of Missions Friends and the basic teaching concepts used to teach preschoolers about missions. The course will help leaders in using the resources for Mission Friends to plan weekly sessions. Participants will also learn how to engage preschoolers in doing missions themselves through Helping Others activities.
- Leading Mission Friends is a self-paced, 30-day course. You can work on each learning activity or assignment when it is most convenient for you for 30 days after you have registered for the class. Your registration day is considered one of the 30 days. You will be notified 2–3 days before the end of your 30-day course period and again when the 30 days have expired. If the 30 days expire before you have completed the course work, you will need to re-register and pay the registration fee again to complete the course.
- The course was designed so participants could complete all of the learning activities and assignments in no more than four hours. This time could vary based on personal learning style. However, you should be able to easily complete this course within the 30-day course period by committing at least one hour per week during this time frame.
- During the 30 days you are registered for Leading Mission Friends, you will be able to access and view all of the information from the learning activities and assignments. However, once an assignment is submitted, you will not be able to change your responses.
- As a participant, you will have a personal online portfolio that will remain available to you after completing this course and maintaining a profile on this site. During the 30 days you are registered for this course, you will be able to save files of your work and some of the course information in your portfolio for future reference. You will receive a prompt asking if you would like to save some of the files from the course information or files of your work in your portfolio throughout the course. Be sure to save the files you want to be able to view after you complete the course in your portfolio.
- This Develop course has been created for your personal and ministry development. Part of the learning experience is the opportunity to interact with and receive feedback online from WMU leaders as you complete the learning activities and assignments. Rather than receiving a grade at the end of this course, your course work will either be "Complete" or "Incomplete." If you complete and submit the assignments in the course and receive satisfactory feedback from the WMU facilitator, you will receive a "Complete" at the end of the course.
- This course is designed to help you LEARN about leading Mission Friends as you complete five modules based on the acronym LEARN. Each module has been created with an educationally sound purpose that will assist you in gaining the most you can from this course. Take time to become acquainted with the LEARN modules so you are familiar with the course framework before you begin:
- In each module there are learning activities and assignments. Learning activities provide the basic content for the course and information you will need to begin leading Mission Friends. Assignments are opportunities for you to apply what you are learning to the Mission Friends group you will lead and assess what you are learning. Upon completion of an assignment, you will be prompted to submit the assignment to your WMU course facilitator. This will be your opportunity to receive feedback and interact with the WMU course facilitator. Your course facilitator will look forward to answering any questions you may have and providing any further information that will assist you as you lead your Mission Friends group.
The course includes several videos. Watch our "Getting Started with Mission Friends" video to make sure your computer will play the videos correctly.