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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do former ICC participants want you to know before you come?

  • Don't let the name fool you. This is not an academic course geared towards only the mind. Prepare to bring your heart and prepare for your heart to get worked on.
  • Really take advantage of meeting people at JAARS and eating with them at the cafeteria.
  • Resist the urge to complain and challenge things that make you uncomfortable. Accept the idea that you will be placed in uncomfortable and unusual situations, so don't complain about them, learn from them.
  • Arrive here at least 2 days before the 1st day. Even 3 days would be better.
  • Arrive early to get settled.
  • Keep your calendar free for full participation in ICC.
  • Don't plan to visit with friends in the area!
  • Come with a open learner's heart and don't schedule anything else during the course.
  • Laugh!
  • Be ready for some good--but occasionally hard--topics to be covered, and be ready to really engage with the people there, because you'll probably get more out of it if you really engage.
  • Have an open heart. Try everything and even if you do not understand why something is being done or do not want to do something because it seems below you, do it anyways. We always did something for a reason!
  • Be flexible and honest with yourself.
  • Know that the staff wants to encourage you, that they want the course to be a huge blessing to you, and that they are praying for you. Their hearts are invested - so learn from them all that you can!
  • It is not wrong to have a lot of questions and to leave with even more.
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep before and for the first two weeks!
  • You will get out of it what you put into it. Assume Goodwill.
  • Take it all in, let it resonate and enjoy every minute!

Q: When are course fees due?


Course fees are due during the first full week of the course. Please make checks payable to JAARS, Inc. or provide your Wycliffe account number for us to charge.

Cancellation after deadline will result in a charge for your training supplies.

Q: How much time is required?

  •  Total involvement is required for participation in ICC

  • Please have ICC as your only commitment during the course, including weekends and evenings

  • Classroom sessions are Mondays through Fridays 8:10 am - 11:45 am. The afternoons have a mixture of mandatory sessions and electives.

  • Evenings and weekends: assigned international church involvement and other assignments and events 

Q: Will we have homework?


Yes. Each night there will be assignments for preparation of the next day's sessions.

Q: What if I need to be absent?


Due to the nature of ICC, please do not schedule any outside activities during the course, including the weekends. Any absence must be cleared through the ICC Director.

Q: What do I need to bring?


You will be provided a binder with course materials. You should bring to class each day your Bible, the Cross-Cultural Servanthood book and your favorite writing utensil. Laptop or mobile device use will only be allowed during breaks, before or after class.

We will have a few times of worship together. Bring an instrument and/or music if you would like to particpate on the worship team.

Q: What can I expect from the training?


The goal of ICC is to provide multiple opportunities for learning and growth that will set life-long patterns for working in a multi-cultural team organization. You will address issues commonly faced by missionaries worldwide. It is the individual participant's responsibility to take advantage of the opportunities to grow in the attitudes, skills, and knowledge presented.  

Q: Who can attend ICC?

  • Wycliffe, JAARS, SIL, and Partners
  • Other mission agencies appointees may attend if we can accomodate. Those put on a waiting list will receive notification of acceptance at least eight weeks prior to the beginning of the course.