Restricted Access Complex Engagement


Restricted Access Complex Engagement (RACE) is a 2-3.5 day course that focuses on Individuals and teams serving in restricted access nations.

RACE takes the learning modules of Theology of Risk and Security In the Context of Ministry (SICM), as well as the threat assessment, abatement, and mitigation components of the CAST course and applies them toward the perspective of a Christian expatriate serving in a restricted access country.

Concilium can and does contextualize the RACE course for specific geographic, political, and religious areas for our ministry partners (ie: East Asia RACE, Islamic RACE, South Asia RACE, Middle East RACE, etc.).

RACE can also be run as a Field Security Course (RACE-FSC), similar to the CAST-FSC to better help cross-cultural workers abate and mitigate violent threats and address hostage survival issues.


For a cross-cultural worker to develop legitimacy, an image rooted in Christ that is lived authentically before the world is critical for both personal obedience and mission success. For this reason, the RACE course places a strong focus on ‘Image Development.” Developing a godly personal image that is firmly rooted in the person of Jesus and reinforced by legitimate pursuits is critical to ensuring long term success in restricted access areas. To do otherwise compromises both the voice and the presence of the Gospel raises the likelihood that the worker will be ejected from a restricted access environment.

This multi-faceted approach to training considers several separate areas of calling and credibility:

-personal calling

-physical talents

-abilities and experiences

-professional and vocational certifications

-anticipated final visa status

This process helps our students develop more than just “short statements” that quickly fall apart under scrutiny. This kind of holistic training helps students to not only tell the truth but to LIVE the TRUTH as they develop an incarnational witness based on their image in Christ and reinforced by credible documentation; both physical and virtual.

In addition to interactive classroom training and role play, RACE adds advanced communication and social media security training. This aspect focuses on helping students develop skills and resources that will help student consider their online footprint as well as provide them with the knowledge, ways, and means to conduct secure communication and protect personal and organizational information from antagonists. 

RACE also provides training and role play for family members serving in restricted access contexts including spouses, adolescents, and mature children. This approach to security training develops ministry resilience for the entire family.

Course Modules

Understanding Theology of Risk

Living Personal Security in the Context of Ministry

Biblical Mandate and Rationale for Restricted Access Work

Identification and Abatement of Personal Threat

Hostile Observation Awareness and Detection Prim

Answering Questions: Dealing with Conversations, Interviews, Screenings, and More in RACE Environment

Dealing with Violence

OODA, Accountability, and Ethical Decision Making While Under Duress (Role Play)

Developing Credibility and Legitimacy

Developing Your Image In Christ before God and Man

Hostage Survival and Mitigating Exploitation

Examining Captivity Stress Factors

Safety and Security with Communication and Information Technology

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