Jaars Center

Course Overview


Knowing how to build and sustain healthy relationships is paramount to success in any multicultural, global team organization. ICC will give you opportunities to:

  • deepen your personal relationship with the Lord
  • further interpersonal and team building skills
  • interact with experienced missionaries
  • participate in small group discussions and activities
  • understand differing world views
  • acquire tools for multicultural team ministry, language learning, and conflict resolution


ICC is a 4½-week course that we offer two times a year.

  • The course begins on Wednesday afternoon with check-in from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday evening there is a mandatory orientation for participants, their families, and staff.
  • Class is from 8:15 to 11:50 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Three to four afternoons a week, you will have required or elective classes.
  • You will be assigned an international church in the Charlotte area to attend each weekend.

Program Content

Spiritual Vitality

Spiritual Vitality is the essence of the entire course. It is vital for you to have a strong spiritual foundation as you prepare to serve the Lord anywhere in the world. Identity in Christ, unity, respecting authority, the sovereignty of God, and forgiveness are taught and discussed at length.


Worldview expands how you view other cultures, ethnicities, and language groups while exploring how personal worldviews impact your responses and outlook on life. You will learn about honor/shame cultures, core values of culture, and the difference between biblical absolutes and cultural applications.

Partnering/Interpersonal Skills

Partnering/Interpersonal Skills are necessary to be a productive team member. During ICC you will learn about dealing with conflict biblically, impact awareness, crisis management, and living in community. Time is spent coaching and helping you learn about your strengths and how you can best contribute to a team.

Language and Culture Acquisition

Language and Culture Acquisition includes learning about other cultures from a practical standpoint. Depending on your prior experience with language training, there are two tracks to this part of the program; you are assigned to one track.

  • Language Acquisition teaches the Total Physical Response Method (TPR) and basic phonetics. You will have the opportunity to practice with a language helper.
  • Language Partnerships explores methods, team dynamics, and cultural protocols. You will have the opportunity to analyze case studies and apply partnering principles.


Our staff is focused on preparing you to meet the challenges and joys of partnering in multicultural organizations. You will receive ongoing, individualized coaching throughout the course. At the end of the course, our staff will assess your readiness for service on multicultural teams at home or abroad. This will be discussed with you, and a final assessment will be sent to your appropriate administrator.