Training for Christian Workers, Pastors, and Ministry Teams

The Coracle Readiness Program is designed to teach experientially equipped cross-cultural workers, pastors, and ministry teams in a practical Jesus way of self-development and holistic thriving. One of the biggest issues facing missionaries and pastors is personal, family, and team meltdown. Through our experience-driven training, discover a Christ-centered way to not only become resilient under stress but to actually metabolize stress and turn it into increased capacity.

This year will feature our 5D Thrive Conference, accompanied by helpful pre- and post-conference electives that will dive deep into topics such as language acquisition, cultural intelligence, relational intelligence, and ministering in Muslim contexts. Join this Coracle cohort and find a renewed sense of purpose and a greater understanding of how to effectively serve those around you.

Conference Questions?

If you have questions regarding the Coracle Conference or would like to speak with our conference director, reach out to Calvin Tiessen at

Main Conference



November 11-16, 2024  –  $1,750 / Person*

Designed for pastors, ministry teams, and those in Christian service, both local and cross-cultural.

Pre and Post Conference Workshops

Language Learning for Ministry

November 5–9, 2024  –  $2,200 / Person*

Designed for cross-cultural workers preparing for their field of service. This includes workers ministering to refugees and immigrants in their home country.

Cultural Intelligence

November 18–19, 2024  –  $935 / Person*

Designed for those who work or minister in contexts that are culturally diverse. This can include missionaries, pastors and leaders of churches in diverse contexts, teachers, students, businesses, and organizations that are expanding into new markets.


November 20–24, 2024  –  $1,480 / Person*

Reweave is a dynamic workshop in which participants learn to integrate the critical aspects of their life and ministry, turning common points of fracture into points of multiplication and strength. The four critical integrations we focus on include:Your work and God’s work; Your family and mission; Your vocation and your ministry; Your self and your communities.

*All pricing includes on-site housing and meals. Scholarships are available to offset the cost of the conference.

Keynote Speakers & Trainers

Virgil Tanner

5D Thrive Conference

Joy Tanner

5D Thrive Conference
Relational Intelligence
Training (SDI)

Gabriela Tiessen

Language Acquisition Training

Calvin Tiessen

Cultural Intelligence Training
Language Acquisition Training
5D Thrive Conference

Del Fehsenfeld

Relational Intelligence
Training (SDI)

Jillann Devries

5D Thrive Conference

Scholarships Available

Through the generosity of donors a limited amount of conference scholarships are available. Scholarships range from 10% – 50% of the total conference cost.

Venue & Lodging

This year, the Coracle will be hosted at Life Action Camp in beautiful southwest Michigan. Situated on Clear Lake in Buchanan, Michigan, Life Action Camp offers a variety of housing options, meeting spaces, dining facilities, meadows, trails, lakefront sunsets, and a host of fun activities. The venue offers multiple lodging options including hotel-style accommodations, multi-room cabins, family-friendly housing, and bunk housing.

Getting Here

Life Action Camp is located in Buchanan, Michigan, a 30-minute drive from South Bend International Airport and a 2-hour drive from both Midway International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL.

Venue Address

Life Action Camp
1696 E. Clear Lake Road
Buchanan, MI 49107

Attendee Review

“Coracle was incredible… We have gone through a lot of training in the past number of years in preparation for overseas ministry and this one was phenomenal. I recommend this to everyone looking to minister state-side or overseas. The training was so deep yet so applicable. They provided us with relevant Biblical teaching, practical soul-care training, and one-on-one mentor support. In addition to the teaching there were many hands-on and group conversations both in and out of the training time. My wife and I now feel much more confident to step into our unreached context and stay long-term because of the training and relationships we build during this time at Coracle. The Life Action campus was beyond gorgeous – a perfect place to retreat and connect with God and others. The food was excellent as well. We felt so cared for in every respect. I cannot recommend this training enough and have already been encouraging many people to attend! 5-star, you will not be disappointed.”

Conference Registration

To register for the Coracle Conference, please complete this registration form. We’ll contact you to complete your registration.