Ministry Training Program

Our ministry is not only focused on reaching out to the travelers that are staying in our hostels. We want to equip and prepare you for a life of ministry and service. The Shelter desires to be a place where Christian volunteers can grow. That is why we started the Ministry Training Program (MTP) in 2003.

Weekly training sessions

In weekly sessions, called MTP, you will learn more about yourself, about God, about evangelism and serving in the hostel. Once or twice a week all volunteers receive training in topics both spiritual and practical. The sessions are based upon the ministry context of the hostel. Through working in the hostels you learn how to put the MTP-lessons into practice.

Practical lessons

The first two months are more practical: you will learn how to work professionally at a hostel and how to lead evangelism activities. After covering the basics, you will dive deeper into topics on faith, core matters of the gospel, as well as how to live in a multi-cultural community. The various courses are taught by teachers with different areas of ministry experience (coming from Youth with a Mission, L’Abri, and other organizations) and some with theological degrees.

Tools for evangelism

People who join our team come from different backgrounds. Some have experience in evangelism and ministry, and for others it is quite new. The Ministry Training Program (MTP) will provide you with the necessary tools to evangelism in the Shelter ministry and beyond. It is important for us that our volunteers have a desire to learn and grow in this area.

Examples of training topics

Examples of topics within our Ministry Training Program are:

  • Dealing with difficult questions - for example, "How can a loving God allow so much evil and suffering?" or "How can a good God send people to hell?"
  • Shelter guests and the pressure of ambition
  • Shelter guests and the impact of Eastern Religion on Western Culture
  • Core matters of the Gospel; e.g. sin, guilt and reconciliation, and the power of the resurrection
  • Prayer in your personal walk with God
  • Tools and rules for reading the Narratives of the OT
  • Leading a guest a step closer to Christ