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MDT disciples and equips believers to take their part in God’s transformation of lives and communities both locally and among the nations.


Missions Discipleship Training (MDT) is an intensive training programme aimed at equipping you for a missional life wherever God calls you. We focus on growing you in your journey as a disciple through four key areas: cross-cultural community life, one-on-one mentoring, study-based knowledge and practical experience. Our programme will take you through a discipleship module, give you a structure of spiritual discipline and cover an introduction to missions through our missions module. We live in a community of many nations and cultures from across the world, learning how to understand and grow together. Alongside this, we take you on several outreaches and ministry days to discover the wide variety of communities, cultures and ministry areas God is using here in South Africa. We aim to prepare you, equip you and expand your world view as you discover all that God has prepared in advance for you to do!


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    Once and for all

    A crucial part of the MDT programme is the module known as “inside-out”, where the trainees have the opportunity to reflect and deal with personal issues within themselves. MDT trainee (2015 #1) Tiwonge Tembo from Malawi shares how God revealed his own heart to him at the very end of the “inside-out” module.

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Our History

How it all started

In 1987, OM South Africa were seeing sent missionaries return from the field earlier than expected, many struggling to cope with the change of culture or situation. From this, the vision of a training programme was birthed. From the start MDT was a counter-cultural movement as a variety of South African cultures lived and trained together in community during the era of apartheid. Initially, to prepare South African for long-term ministry, the programme grew into an international programme as people recognised the need to be trained and equipped. Today, MDT has evolved into a discipleship and exposure programme that gives people key skills in discipleship, mission and ministry.