The Emmaus Training in Spiritual Leadership program is a six-year program. Each year contains several modules. The total number of study hours each year ranges from 340 to 460 hours which include time spent in lectures, seminars, practical training, campaign planning, mission strategy, etc. Classes and guided work are mandatory, as are the exams at the end of each module. Students are required to obtain the minimum grade at the end of each year to be permitted to attend the following year.

Every student who is approved at the end of the sixth year will receive a Certificate of Completion. However, only those students who demonstrate superior leadership and organisational capacity will be elected to carry out their mission on behalf of the association sponsoring him. Upon receiving a favourable decision by the course directors and the sponsor association these students will receive a Certificate of Appointment, representing the recognition that the student meets the conditions to carry out their tasks with responsibility and competence. The six years of the Course of Missionary Formation run by Emmaus are divided thus:

Year 1 - Catholic Formation and Personal Spiritual Commitment
The first year focuses on the intellectual and spiritual formation of the candidate: the foundations of history, philosophy and theology required for the life of a Catholic missionary. Examples of excellent missionaries are also given in order to demonstrate the realities of missionary life.

Year 2 - Mission Fundamentals A well-organised mission requires planning and methods of work. Procedures are essential to the success of a mission. Some methods originating from the business world can be successfully adapted to missionary activities. Candidates learn in depth about these and how to apply them.

Year 3 - The Missionary in a Changing World The third year content moves beyond the essentials of missionary work, and focusses on effective evangelisation in different cultural contexts. To this end, it explores the experience of missions in different historical eras to prepare students for the challenges facing missions today.

Year 4 - Communications and Mission These topics allow for an in-depth analysis of the mechanisms and new opportunities that communications methods make available for mission purposes. Without an understanding of the communications landscape and competency in the use of its tools, a missionary will have great difficulty in carrying out a mission successfully.

Year 5 - Mission Management Candidates are trained in the internal administrative organisation of a mission, and the management of its members.

Year 6 - Developing the Local Mission During the final year period each student should perform activities typical of a missionary. To this end, the course is composed of activities that are developed in the region or country of destination, directly supervised and guided by the relevant association.

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