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Course Dates and Schedule

ICC is a 4 1/2 week course offered two times a year.

 2018 Sessions:  

  • January 24 - February 23
  • June 20 - July 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

2019 Sessions:

  • January 23 - February 22
  • Summer dates pending

Pre-Course Assignments: See To Do Prior to ICC

Mondays - Fridays:

  • Mornings: 8:10 - 11:45 a.m. (mandatory sessions Monday - Friday)
  • Afternoons and Weekends: Each day has a different schedule of mandatory and/or elective sessions
  • Childcare Summer Session (ages 3 months - teens): Available for all mandatory classes
  • Childcare Other Sessions: See Childcare

Evenings and Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays):

  • Assigned International Church involvement
  • Other assignments and events

Arrival and departure:

  • Arrive at least by Tuesday prior to ICC to get settled in (inform Housing of exact day of arrival).
  • Obtain your security badge at HR upon arrival.
  • A mandatory welcome gathering is scheduled for all participants and children on Wednesday evening. 
  • Classes begin on Thursday. 
  • Depart by plane, train or bus after 3 pm of the final day.  All others depart after 12 noon of the final day.         

Addresses at JAARS:

  • Mailing Address - Your Name/ICC, JAARS, PO Box 248, Waxhaw, NC  28173-0248
  • Shipping/Street Address for UPS/FedEx - Your Name/ICC, JAARS, 7601 Radin Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173
  • Email - Internet access is available in JAARS housing units and classrooms   

Dining and food

Lunches are available Monday-Friday in the Townsend dining room at a reasonable price. During the weeknights and weekends you may cook in your apartment (on-campus housing has kitchens with appliances, cooking supplies, dishes and utensils), host dinners (pot luck) with other participants or go to town to any number of restaurants. Grocery shopping is in Waxhaw (6 miles away) or Lancaster (10 miles away).

Snacks, coffee, tea and water will be served during ICC breaks.


Housing Information

You will need to register and be accepted to ICC before you arrange housing. 

For information about accommodations and pricing click here to go to the JAARS Center Housing web page.


To Do Prior to ICC

  1. All ICC participants must complete the JAARS Child Safety Training prior to the course. Information will be emailed to you.
  2. Please purchase and read prior to coming to ICC the following book: 
    Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility by Duane Elmer. Buy it at Amazon in hardback or on Kindle. (Though ICC is "unplugged" we will allow you to use your Kindle for the book study.) 

  3. Complete the "Cross-Cultural Servanthood Study Guide" HERE. You will be asked to turn this assignment in to your facilitator the first week of class.
  4. Prior to ICC read the entire book of Ephesians 4 times. Before each reading, pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you through His Word.  It would be a good idea to spread this study of Ephesians over a few weeks.  You can download and print a working copy of the book of Ephesians from this LINK if you choose.

    1) First reading of Ephesians: write down a few of the major overall themes of the book (without using a commentary). 

    2) Second reading: look for what Ephesians teaches about the first person of the Trinity, God the Father. Find at least 4 verses in each chapter that mention Father (or God) and write a list of what is being taught. Note the reference beside each.  (Example:  1:3  Father blesses the saints with every spiritual blessing;  2:17  The Father wants believers to know Him better )  

    3)  Third reading: find and list at least 4 verses per chapter that mention the second person of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus Christ. Write a list of what is being taught. (Example:  4:7 Christ apportioned gifts to the church) 

    4)  Fourth reading: find and list a total of 10 places in the entire book that mention the Holy Spirit.(Example: 4:30  Holy Spirit sealed believers, so don't grieve Him).    

    After four readings, spend time re-reading through your three lists and do the following: 

    a. From chapters 1-3 write a few sentences that impact you about the Father's role.  Spend time praising God for these truths. 

    b. From all 6 chapters, list a few truths about Jesus that cause you to love Him more.  Spend time praying Christ's all-surpassing love into your own life (3:17-19) and into the lives of some of your loved ones. 

    c. From your list on the Holy Spirit, write out an area of the Spirit's work that you would like to incorporate more deeply into your own life. Pray about what you just wrote down. 

    You will be asked to turn this assignment into your small group facilitator during the first week of class.      

  5. Complete the Pre-ICC Logistics Form. A link will be emailed to you.                                  

  6. Complete the Pre-ICC Information Form. A link will be emailed to you.
  7. To increase multi-cultural team effectivity complete:

    1. The Gallup StrengthsFinder Profile. A link will be emailed to you.

    2. The Online DISC Profile. A link will be emailed to you.


Course Rates

ICC fees per adult participant:

  • Wycliffe Bible Translators/SIL/JAARS participants - $500
  • Other mission agency participants - $950

        *Room, board, childcare and transportation fees extra

Childcare/student fees per child (3 months -17 years of age):

  • Children of Wycliffe Bible Translators/SIL/JAARS participants - $220
  • Children whose parents are members of other mission agency - $300

Click the following for more information about:


Immunization is required by law in North Carolina. To be eligible for MK Station and other childcare provided by JAARS, it is mandatory that your child be current with his/her immunizations.

Childcare is available during ICC mandatory classes.

NOTICE: Registration for all children and youth closes one month before the start of the ICC session. 

Babies and Preschool:

  • Babies ages 3 months and younger may be in class with parents. 
  • Children ages 3 months through pre-school attend MK Station. Some instruction on transitions and cross cultural issues will be given. 
  • Contact for more information.

School-aged children:

  • Summer ICC Session - Summer Safari program is available for children who have completed K-5th grades. 
  • Other ICC Sessions:
    • To enroll children in local school bring:
      • Health records
      • Current immunization records
      • Birth certificate
      • Social security card
    • Homeschoolers
      • Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL, JAARS, Wycliffe Associates: Homeschool assistance may be available, contact Patti Garretson for information.
      • Non-Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL, JAARS, Wycliffe Associates missionaries: Due to limited personnel, no homeschooling provision is available for children of missionaries from other organizations. Please consider attending the summer sessions of ICC when there are daily programs for elementary school aged children or bring someone to care for your homeschoolers while you are in class.       
  • Contact for more information.

Summer Youth Program:



The JAARS Center is located about 6 miles from Waxhaw, NC and 10 miles from Lancaster, SC. Most people have their own car for shopping and the assigned ethnic church on Sunday. Car-sharing may be possible.

JAARS has two cars that are available to rent through the Townsend Building Receptionist (704 843-6095). 

If you fly in to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, JAARS Ground Transportation can pick you up for a fee. Contact them at 704-843-6631 or email  A confirmation email will be sent.

Bring your own children’s car seats if you are renting a car from JAARS or if you will be using the JAARS Airport Shuttle Service.


Please dress modestly and be culturally sensitive within these guidelines:

  1. Jeans, capris, t-shirts are permissible in the classroom but there will be times where you will need a "business casual" outfit for meetings on the Center.
  2. A sweater or jacket is recommended for the classroom.
  3. Shoes are required.
  4. Dressier attire (dresses, dress slacks, jacket and tie) is recommended for your international church attendance.
  5. Shorts (men and women), low cut or spaghetti strap tops, and exercise apparel are not permitted in the classroom or in any other office buildings.

In Jan/Feb the temperature ranges from 20's to 70's. In the summer the temperature ranges from 60's to high 90's with high humidity.

Course Curriculum

Spiritual Vitality

  • Authority Issues

  • Counting the Cost and Theology of Suffering

  • Emotional Hardiness

  • Forgiveness

  • Idols of the Heart

  • Inductive Bible Study of Ephesians

  • Life Messages/Testimonies

  • Memorization of Philippians 2:1-11

  • Moral Purity

  • Sovereignty of God

  • Spiritual Retreat

  • Spiritual Warfare

Partnering/Interpersonal Skills

  • Conflict Resolution/Dealing with Conflict Biblically

  • Community Building

  • Crisis Management, Security Issues and Contingency Planning

  • Cross-Cultural Servanthood Book Review

  • Field-proofing Your Marriage

  • Gallup Strengthsfinder

  • Impact Awareness

  • Living in Community

  • Missionary Kid Issues

  • Multi-Cultural Team Dynamics

  • Successful Singles

Language and Culture Acquisition (LACA)

  • International Church Assignment

  • Language and Cultural Acquisition Attitudes and Skills

  • Language Practicum

  • Personal Perspectives : Increasing Self-Awareness

  • Phonetics

  • Simulations

  • Total Physical Response (TPR)

  • Transitions and Culture Stress

World View

  • Biblical Absolutes vs. Cultural Applications

  • Biblical Principles

  • Biblical, Animistic, Modern and Postmodern World Views

  • Bounded/Centered Focused Thinking

  • Core Values of Culture

  • Honor/Shame Cultures


  • Forum Discussions

  • The Gospel in Honor and Shame Cultures

Extra Activites

  • Ladies Get Acquainted/Men’s Fellowship

  • Worship

  • Fun Night


Things to Do Near Charlotte

Crowders Mountain State Park. About 25 miles west of Charlotte, this park will challenge the experienced as well as the novice climber. It offers 12 miles of scenic, and somewhat strenuous, hiking trails with a view at the top that’s worth the climb. 522 Park Office Lane in Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375.

Public spraygrounds. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s five spraygrounds feature sprays, nozzles and spouts that spray water for children to run through and frolic under. Open seven days a week in the summer, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several have playgrounds next door, making them a perfect place to spend hours. Locations: Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road; Cordelia Park, 2100 North Davidson Street; Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue; Veterans Park , 2136 Central Avenue; and West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive. (704) 336-3854.

Concord Mills Mall. Besides all the great shopping, kids will love climbing in the kids' play area, which has a hospital theme, seeing the fish in the huge aquarium at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and watching employees make candy apples and other treats at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. 8111 Concord Mills Boulevard. (704) 979-3000.

FinTastic. Take the kids to a local pet store for some easy free fun, or visit this tropical fish store in Ayrsley shopping center in southwest Charlotte. Kids will gaze in wonder at the clownfish, starfish and other sea creatures. Sometimes the store even has small nurse sharks. 2135-C Ayrsley Town Blvd. 704-525-0049.

Reedy Creek Park. Play disc golf, hopscotch, volleyball, basketball or horsehoes at this 116-acre park. Also has a fantastic playground with a “swing garden,” a dog park, a fishing pier and more. 2900 Rocky River Road.704-598-8857.


McDowell Nature Preserve. This 1108-acre preserve along the banks of Lake Wylie in southwest Mecklenburg is a great place to take the kids hiking or on a nature walk. The preserve also has a great playground and a free nature center with snakes, frogs and other creatures. On weekends and holidays, admission is $3 for a car licensed in Mecklenburg county and $5 for all others. (Other days are free.)

McDowell Nature Preserve, Part II - Camping out. For an additional $6 per family, you can pitch a tent on a campsite that has a fire ring, a grill and an electrical hookup, plus nearby bathrooms with hot showers. This summer, the preserve is doing campfire songs and marshmallows for free for campers every Friday night. On Saturdays, they offer free programs for campers including nature hikes, wildlife art, treasure hunts, and even family movie nights. Call 704-588-5224 or go to for more information.

Reed Gold Mine. The site of the first documented gold find in the United States is just north of Mecklenburg County in Midland, N.C. Watch an orientation movie about the discovery, check out the museum and take an underground tour for free. But the best part is panning for gold, which costs $2 per person. (Kids 8 and older can pan by themselves; younger children must pan with an adult.)

Belmont Drive-In. Take the family to one of the few remaining drive-in theaters. For $8 a carload, you can take in a double feature that typically starts around 9 p.m. It's a great place to take the kids to see a movie and not have to worry about trying to keep them quiet. Most families come about an hour early to get a good spot and spend the time talking, kicking around a soccer ball or throwing a frisbee until showtime. The season typically runs from about March to the week before Thanksgiving, depending on the weather. Sometimes the theater is open seven nights a week, but it's always open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The food -- standard hamburgers and hotdogs -- is pretty good and reasonably priced, especially compared to regular movie theater fare. 314 McAdenville Road in Belmont. 704-825-6044

MCDOWELL PARK AND NATURE PRESERVE: The park serves as the gateway to the 1,108-acre nature preserve, which is mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie. You can rent paddleboats and canoes, fish, hike seven miles of trails, see live animals in the nature center and let the kids play on the playground. Try the rent-a-tent program and spend the night in a 9 x 12 tent with two cots at the campground, which even has with hot showers! Click here for more information.

N.C. ZOO: Located about 90 miles from Charlotte in Asheboro, the zoo is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s finest. It offers expansive habitats for the animals – great for the animals, but be prepared to walk.

LAZY 5 RANCH: You can pet exotic animals including giraffes and ostriches at this privately owned drive-through park near Mooresville.

CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER: The center rehabilitates injured and orphaned raptors. The center also has programs on strange bird behavior and a behind-the-scenes tour that includes the bird hospital.


1. Sports Connection. This family fun center features adult-sized and mini bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag facility, a 7,000-square-foot arcade, inflatables and more. 11611 Ardrey Kell Road. 704-583-1444.

2. Trader Joe’s: Get healthy grub and let your kids have a fun time hunting down the “animals” hidden throughout the store in Trader Joe’s scavenger hunt. 6418 Rea Road. 704-543-5249.

3. Dish It Out: Choose from more than 800 ceramic pieces to decorate with paints, beads, metal art. Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7828-C Rea Road. 704-544-4848.

4. Davie Park: Fabulous playground, plus ball fields, horseshoe pits, hopscotch courses and a lake! 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-554-0402.

5. Storytime with Mr. Nigel: Pack in with the rest of SouthPark’s tots to enjoy Mr. Nigel’s sing-along music. Dual train tables keep even the crowd happy before and after the performance. Every Friday, 11:15 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, SouthPark Mall. 704-602-9800.


7. Light rail: What kid doesn’t love a train? Ride Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line from 1-485 in southern Meck to the end of uptown. Your kids will love the speed.

8. Plaza Fiesta: This giant, two-story play place near Carowinds -- billed as the largest indoor play center in the southeast -- has tons of slides, tunnels and other features for kids to climb, swing and crawl through. 3700 Avenue Of The Carolinas.


We all know about Discovery Place and ImaginOn. Here are a few of our favorite out-of-the-way spots in Central Charlotte.

1. The Green: This charming park tucked in the middle of uptown features giant stone fish spouting water (bring your bathing suit and get wet!), “insects” that chirp as you walk amid the park’s paths and a lovely spot of green to play chase. Located between on Tryon Street, between Stonewall and Second streets.

2. Charlotte Trolley: Light rail has gotten all the attention lately, but it’s worth checking out the vintage trolleys for a slow and easy ride from South End into Uptown. It runs only on weekends.