One important area of ministry at Deaf Missions is training deaf and hearing Christians to minister with deaf people. Deaf Missions sponsors a variety of training programs, seminars and retreats across the United States and around the world.
International Bible Training Center (IBTC)
This program's primary goal is to equip students for every good work by instilling in them God's powerful Word, the Bible. IBTC is a unique training program where students will experience a deeper devotion to God, will be immersed in a ministry atmosphere, and will be able to develop relationships with mentors who love God and have extensive ministry experience. Click here to learn more.
Each year, Deaf Missions offers a unique Extension Class Program which provides opportunities for students to learn practical skills in Deaf ministry. These special college-level classes meet annually for one semester, and the program gives students an opportunity to receive instruction from qualified deaf and hearing teachers. To learn more, click here.
Christian Interpreter's Conference
Every two years, Deaf Missions hosts a conference geared specifically for Christian interpreters. Attendees are encouraged through a variety of workshops, while also earning CEUs. To see more about this event, click here.
Deaf Christian Leaders Conference
This biannual event is offered to those involved in ministering to deaf people. Workshops include topics such as utilizing the internet, reaching deaf youth, using visuals and more. Click here to find out more about this unique ministry.
The Bible: ASL Version Seminars
Specialized seminars are offered to train churches and individuals how to efficiently use The Bible: ASL Version tools. Learn how to use DVD's, import files to MS PowerPoint and other presentation software, view selected passages on your iPod and navigate the ASL New Testament Online.
Why a mission to deaf people? Because deafness is more than just a loss of hearing. Deaf people belong to a distinct cultural group with unique customs and ways of communicating. Deaf people have their own language--sign language. English is often a second language to deaf people, who therefore may find it difficult to read a printed Bible or Sunday school lesson.
Deaf people want, and need, the Bible and other Christian teaching aids in their first language. They need ministers and teachers who understand their language and culture. This is why Deaf Missions provides materials and training designed especially for the hundreds of thousands of deaf people who use sign language as their only (or preferred) language.