As an organisation we take time to provide team members with the training and tools that they will need to get the most of each trip. This training is also available to churches who are planning a mission trip, and want to prepare their teams for what they will encounter on their trip.

There are 3 main types of mission, short, medium and long term.We see short term mission as anything  up to 2 years and therefore most of the people that we send out are on short term trips.  Those that we send out for longer term missions usually focus on discipleship or community transformation.

Regardless of which type of mission you are going on, pre-departure training and support is an essential part of any mission trip. It provides a space for team members to learn more about themselves, and their fellow team members. It gives support in preparing to serve in missions – both serving their team to help it function and serving the poor they meet in country.

A key focus for the team preparation is to ensure that team members are aware of how to stay healthy – physically, mentally and spiritually –  as they go and come back from their trip.


The Toolbox training courses have been developed by BTBAB using the lessons learnt from taking teams away each year. Every team member must go through the Toolbox training course which is usually delivered over 2 to 3 weekends.  These mandatory training dates are available to team members at the time they apply for the team.

Through these training weekends team members learn more about themselves and others through our specially developed team building activities. The training weekends are held in beautiful countryside venues around the UK which has been a huge benefit to the teams as they have been able to withdraw from the stresses and strains of everyday life in order to concentrate on preparing for their trip.

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For those that have a particular interest in healthcare there is the optional HATH course. This course focuses on mentoring health professionals who would like to serve in the developing world.

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Jesus commanded us to make disciples (not believers) of all nation. Making believers requires a miracle (because it requires a person without God to lay down their lives and follow Him perpetually). – that is only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit who reveals truth in a supernatural way to a person. However, once a person becomes a Christian (a believer) they would need someone to guide them on how to live for God.

This is what the Discipler’s course is all about: equipping a person (who is already following God) to come alongside a person new to their faith or struggling to live their faith. The course is run over two weekends in beautiful cotsworld district, and involves interactive discussions, videos as well as tasks/assignments that would allow you to help a Christian to understand how to follow Christ.

Every worker of BTBAB (especially those in leadership of some sort) have either been recipients of discipleship, and/or are providing it to others. The Discipler’s course is not only used for our leaders but has been specifically designed as resource for anyone (regardless of their denominational background).

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Based on the story of a biblical figure in Act 16: 6-10, the Macedonian Call Initiative (or MCI, as is called) was first conceived in 2009 in response to what God was doing in BTBAB.

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