Course Overview


Knowing how to build and sustain healthy relationships is paramount to success in any multicultural, multigenerational, 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 worldviews
  • acquire tools for multicultural, multigenerational team ministry, language learning, and conflict resolution


ICC is a 4 week course that we offer two times a year.

  • The course begins on Wednesday morning at 8:15am
  • Location is LSC room 115 classroom
  • Doors to the classroom open at 8:05am
  • Class is from 8:15 to 11:50 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Three to four afternoons a week, you may 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) for language learning. You will have the opportunity to personalize and practice this method.
  • 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, multigenerational organizations. You will receive ongoing, individualized coaching throughout the course. At the end of the course, you will receive a document with our observations of attributes and recommendations of areas needing further support and/or growth for service at home or abroad. This personalized feedback will be discussed with you and will be sent to your appropriate administrator.

Add-On Training Courses

Below are several other training courses you may want to take while you’re here for ICC. These will need to be scheduled before ICC begins or after it ends. Please make travel and housing arrangements accordingly.

Security - Not Offered at this time

NOT OFFERED at this time. JAARS occasionally hosts a 3.5-day course designed to promote security awareness and risk preparedness for serving in the context of global ministry.

Concilium delivers a highly practical and theologically grounded course, which gives participants tools to handle very real dangers faced by field personnel. The content of this course is focused on the individual or family unit and equips participants for resiliency in ministry. You can view upcoming CAST trainings in their course calendar.

CCI (Crisis Consulting International) is another theologically sound organization that offers training programs that are focused on organizational needs and will tailor the program to said needs. Take a look at the training programs they offer to see if any fit your need, timing, and location.

Water Safety

JAARS offers water safety training to anyone attending ICC. If you anticipate serving in coastal, lake, or river areas, this training is for you! We’ll provide information and practical, in-water experience in a safe environment. This training can reduce the risks of physical and psychological trauma in water travel and increase the chances of surviving a water emergency.

If interested, personal safety equipment is also available for purchase, with 50% of the cost subsidized by our Transportation Solutions fund.

This course is offered as an elective, typically on one Friday afternoon during ICC.

Cost: $10 per person, or $20 per family.


Land Transportation

JAARS offers a variety of training options designed for those who will be serving overseas.

½- to 1-Day Manual Transmission Drivers Training
3-Day 4WD Training & Advanced Recovery Training



2- to 2.5-Day Motorcycle Basic Riding and Maintenance Skills Course



Individual Consultation available for specialized advice on vehicle and equipment selection, maintenance, etc.