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Our staff are committed to helping every new Christar cross-cultural worker prepare for the transition to the field!

Christar Trainings

These training sessions are held near the Christar headquarters in Richardson, Texas and are required for all Christar workers.


Blaze is four-day training event for anyone participating in a short-term trip that is three weeks or longer in duration. It’s a strategic time of spiritual, relational, logistical and cultural training. Our goal is for you to leave encouraged and ready for service!

New Personnel Orientation (NPO)

NPO is a weeklong conference held each year in January and June. At NPO, we’ll help you get to know Christar and prepare you for effective ministry among the least-reached. Personal interviews, group training sessions, team-building exercises and personality and marriage (if applicable) assessments will also be used to help guide and prepare you. An invitation to attend NPO is a conditional offer of employment, conditioned upon board approval and passing a medical examination.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

Once you reach a minimum of 60% support and are within six months of departure for the field, you will attend PDO. This two-week training program is held during January and June. Here, you’ll receive further training for cross-cultural ministry, and the Board of Trustees will vote to approve you for official membership and employment.


To help workers thrive, Christar hosts a restorative retreat called RENEW. Offered three times a year, these five days of refreshment provide support and care for workers while they are in the U.S. for home assignment. Workers periodically participate in RENEW throughout their years of service, giving the Member Care team at the Christar Mobilization Center U.S. (CMCUS) a regular opportunity to connect personally with each one.

Recommended Trainings


Do you need or desire further academic and biblical/theological training before launching into overseas work? Check out BibleMesh, a trusted theological education institute, which offers a special Christar certificate, including courses in theology and Bible interpretation.

Christar encourages new workers to attend one of these two intensive, interactive training programs, if applicable:


Do you have a heart to share Christ's love with Muslims? Immerse yourself in this three-week course in Islam, its people and culture. Held each summer in the United States, Manarah's unique curriculum incorporates daily guided outreach opportunities to use what you are learning.


Are you exploring the possibility of cross-cultural service among Hindus? Darshan offers you an immersive community-based experience without leaving the United States. Taught over two weeks, this course is designed to introduce you to the complexities of Hindu culture, people and beliefs.