ISM Integration Toolkit

(AKA: ISM for Non-ISM Chapters)

This ISM Integration Toolkit is a collection of resources to help you integrate ISM into your chapter--to make ISM a part of your mission, to help your chapter become more welcoming to international students, and to deepen partnership between Americans and internationals. Or, use it to mobilize and equip others. Think of the resources below as Lego pieces for you to create your own vision-casting, training, or MPD tool, though some can be stand-alone resources. Each section starts with the smallest or most basic resource.

Top Resources

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Vision-Casting Tools

Use any or all components conversations, leadership meetings, LGs, MPD...or any way you’d like (1 page each)

Training Tools

  1. 3x3s Quick Guides - 3 important facts, 3 common mistakes to avoid, 3 best practices to try + corresponding resources & contact person on: Building Friendships, NSO, developing int’l leaders, specific people groups, & more (10 topics). See website for simple discussion questions to use for training.
  2. Outreach – Use individually or mix & match:
    1. Case studies  
    2. Starting ISM – 4 videos (use individually or best as a series)
    3. Growing Int’l Student Involvement - Discovery process, debrief, & next steps 
    4. Booklet: Crossing Cultures Here & Now  [Revised edition retitled Friendships with International Students coming soon]
    5. Crossing Cultures with Jesus - Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8, use discussion questions in book
  3. Partnership between Americans & internationals 
    1. Team-building Training: training series & other tools to strengthen cross-cultural partnerships 
    2. Working with int’l student leaders: Contextualized leadership pathway video + Overview/Resource hub

Bible Study Tools

  1. Starting Int’l Small Groups  – 4 training sessions, 5 studies, for int’l and/or American students (Can be used as training)
  2. I-GIG Original or Field Test Version [Revised edition coming in January 2018]
  3. I-DIG – Discipleship workbook created for internationals, 12 key topics

Strategy & Event Tools

  1. Ideas for Large Groups and more - Talks, food, and fun activities
  2. Immigration Ban Kit  – Interact with internationals & the campus
  3. 5 thresholds in ISM Context – See also Starting International Small Groups, especially p.48
  4. Integration Spectrum Models  – 3 general approaches for ISM to take place in a non-ISM group


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