Mission Training International, Inc./ MTI

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Mission Training International has been developing and equipping cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel through training and debriefing since 1954.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mission Training International
PO Box 1220
Palmer Lake, CO 80133-0133

Website: www.mti.org

Phone: (800) 896-3710

Email: info@mti.org

Organization details

EIN: 381452052

CEO/President: Dr. Stephen M. Sweatman

Chairman: Mrs. Terri Watson

Board size: 9

Founder: Mr. R. E. Thompson

Year founded: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Mission Training International's vision is to see cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ experience effectiveness, endurance and personal vitality. MTI accomplishes this through two main programs: Compass and DAR.

Doing cross-cultural ministry is difficult and requires more than a sense of calling. It requires a broad set of skills and a healthy approach to life and ministry. A large majority of cross-cultural workers aren't adequately prepared for their calling, which leads to frustration, burn-out, or more destructive patterns. This is where MTI can help. For 60 years, MTI has been providing relevant, practical, in-residence training on the make-or-break issues that help make cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel more effective. There are three dimensions to our unique approach to training:

Life-sharing Community

Our programs are immersive-participants come and live in a community of other cross-cultural workers going to the field, or returning, for the duration of their training. A major make-or-break issue for cross-cultural workers is unhealthy relationships or unresolved conflict on their own team, or family. MTI's interactive community-enhanced training focuses on creating strong team relationships and living in a healthy Christian community, which means engendering depth and vulnerability in relationships and resolving conflicts when they arise. This experience of living in true Christian community shapes each person individually while also creating an internal desire to replicate that community wherever they go.

Paradigm-shifting Tools

Missionaries need practical tools to help them thrive long term. The tools we provide-in language acquisition, communication, and leadership-help to shift the paradigm of each participant. Many arrive with idealistic expectations and need to understand the reality of the difficulties they will experience and how to navigate them effectively. By the end of the program, they have a quiet confidence that comes from realistic expectations and a framework for how to live and serve well for the long haul.

Heart-healing Process

We do not simply give skills, we deal with heart issues. How do you deal with conflict? How do you react when things do not go as planned? Have you developed healthy attitudes and behaviors personally and within your family? These questions, and many others like them, must be addressed in order to succeed long term. We help singles and families confront brokenness and find healing in a safe place, inviting them into an ongoing process of formation and freedom. This allows them to truly live the message of hope and transformation found in Christ, which will lead to effectiveness and thriving in ministry.

These three dimensions of our programs work together in powerful ways to prepare you to fulfill your calling and thrive long-term in ministry.

Mission statement

Mission Training International expresses its mission as follows:

To serve mission boards, churches and other organizations by equipping their missionaries with vital skills and cross-cultural tools for the furtherance of Christ's Kingdom.

Statement of faith

MTI cites the following as its statement of faith:

MTI's statement of faith is considered to be congruent with a broad evangelical statement of faith.

We believe:

  1. The Bible as the divinely inspired and authoritative Word of God;
  2. The Triune Godhead in three persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  3. The personality of Satan, called the Devil, and his present control over unregenerate mankind;
  4. The fall and lost estate of man, whose depravity makes necessary the new birth;
  5. The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, death, bodily resurrection, present exaltation at God's right hand, and personal imminent return;
  6. The atonement by the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior;
  7. The resurrection of the saved unto everlasting life and blessedness in heaven, and the resurrection of the unsaved unto everlasting punishment in hell;
  8. The Church, the Body or Bride of Christ, consisting only of those who are born again, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He shall come again;
  9. Christ's Great Commission to the Church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating576 of 94026 of 51
Fund acquisition rating402 of 94221 of 51
Resource allocation rating320 of 94218 of 51
Asset utilization rating849 of 94041 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$32,717$54,877$69,490$98,837$124,477
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,802,830$1,856,714$1,713,738$1,390,342$1,338,450
Long-term investments$210,000$210,000$210,000$210,000$210,000
Fixed assets$2,696,356$2,801,637$2,894,337$3,038,326$3,181,676
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,906,356$3,011,637$3,104,337$3,248,326$3,391,676
Total assets$4,709,186$4,868,351$4,818,075$4,638,668$4,730,126
Payables and accrued expenses$78,291$63,162$33,941$36,353$48,276
Other current liabilities$189,389$369,339$328,755$256,078$336,045
Total current liabilities$267,680$432,501$362,696$292,431$384,321
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$39,207$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$306,887$432,501$362,696$292,431$384,321
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,345,562$4,378,924$4,393,751$4,315,665$4,275,678
With donor restrictions$56,737$56,926$61,628$30,572$70,127
Net assets$4,402,299$4,435,850$4,455,379$4,346,237$4,345,805
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$998,186$926,393$920,276$832,511$903,427
Program service revenue$1,414,156$1,856,872$1,862,067$1,917,382$1,949,463
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$43,130$26,288$22,668$19,726$22,017
Other revenue$66,002$60,562$72,481$27,962$72,291
Total other revenue$1,523,288$1,943,722$1,957,216$1,965,070$2,043,771
Total revenue$2,521,474$2,870,115$2,877,492$2,797,581$2,947,198
Program services$2,188,891$2,520,438$2,451,447$2,406,819$2,501,414
Management and general$324,975$328,410$284,511$355,336$267,839
Total expenses$2,555,025$2,889,644$2,768,339$2,797,149$2,802,176
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($33,551)($19,529)$109,153$432$145,022
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($33,551)($19,529)$109,153$432$145,022


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/11/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Mission Training International began in the hearts of Phil Armstrong, R.E. Thompson, and Clyde Taylor. In 1954, Missionary Internship was incorporated in Michigan. In 1955, 30 adults from five mission sending agencies completed the first 7-month internship session.

The unique focus of Missionary Internship grew from the concern for young missionary applicants that were well qualified academically, but had little practical experience in church work and were not prepared to thrive in a new culture. The goal of this new organization was to reduce the rate of first term drop-outs by offering internship experiences that provided practical training in ministry and preparation for the stresses and adjustments of living and working in a different culture.

In 1961, God directed Missionary Internship to a beautiful wooded site on the outskirts of Farmington, Michigan. On the rolling, heavily-wooded 26 acres, a campus was erected with residences for permanent staff, motel-type accommodations for participants in the various MI programs, dining, nursery, classroom and office facilities adequate for new program development to better meet the current needs of missionaries.

By 1965, 1,000 missionaries had completed MI's program. In 1973, a 3-week pre-field orientation course was offered along with the 7-month internship program. Then, in 1975, the first PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) was offered under the supervision of Dwight and Barbara Gradin.

By 1985, over 7,000 missionaries had completed training through MI. In 1992, MI moved from Michigan to Colorado Springs, CO. In 1996, MI became Mission Training International. By 2001, MTI had recognized the need for a campus that would better fit training needs and built a new training center in Palmer Lake, CO.

In 2013, MTI combined the two pre-field programs (SPLICE & PILAT) into one 4-week Compass program.

Mission Training International continues today at the forefront of missionary training. We are unique in the Christian community in that our focus remains exclusively on preparing missionaries and their families for cross-cultural life and ministry. Our nonformal approach is experience and affective-domain based and serves as the bridge between formal education and life as it is lived in another culture.

Over and over through our history, God has provided and directed MTI in powerful and practical ways. We are honored to serve the thousands of cross-cultural workers that have been through our programs over the years. In the future, we will continue to follow God's leading in how to improve our programs so that the Gospel can be spread effectively around the world by people who have been truly transformed by its power. That is the only legacy we desire.

Program accomplishments

Mission Training International serves over 150 different interdenominational mission agencies and sending churches. The number of missionaries and their families that participate in MTI training programs continues to increase. The worldwide effects of MTI programs are exciting.