CALMS provides some excellent resources to each team leader to help him/her get her team ready to serve effectively.

1. We encourage new leaders to participate as a team member with an experienced leader prior to leading their own team. This has proven to be the very best way to prepare and to understand a new culture.

2. CALMS executive director and other trained leaders also facilitate regular "learning events" for those interested in leading a future team. These are held several times in the spring and fall. The purpose of these on-site trips is to expose future leaders to a Central American culture, share important information about the church and its leaders, do hands-on cultural analysis, learn how to communicate the Gospel in a cross-cultural setting, and to understand the logistics involved for a specific project and what is involved to get from one place to another.

3. CALMS also provides regular orientation and training for team leaders through webinars and conference calls. Where practical, we also are available to help prepare teams through face-to-face workshops.