How should missionaries best prepare themselves for the field? What do they really need to know in order to serve God overseas? In many places in the world today, the greatest need is basic evangelism and foundational biblical teaching in the local language. So obviously, a growing personal faith in Christ and knowledge of the Bible is necessary. And skills in cross-cultural communication and language are a must.
As a result, many missionary preparation programs (both formal and informal) focus on culture learning, anthropology, communication skills, and some basic Bible courses. And there is often a lot of talk about strategy and methods. But higher level courses in theology, biblical interpretation, and the original languages (Greek & Hebrew) are often left out, either because of time constraints, or because they are thought to be not very useful on the field.