Member Care for Missionaries: A Practical Guide for Senders
Missionaries are strategic in reaching the least reached groups, but their effectiveness is often hindered by insufficient care. Local churches, together with mission organisations, play a vital role in missions. The question is, however, if we as supporters are sufficiently equipped to give our missionaries the necessary support.
Member Care for Missionaries: A Practical Guide for Senders is a practical resource that equips senders in the comprehensive care of their missionaries. The book was written by Marina Prins and Braam Willemse. They both served as missionaries in Malaŵi. (Braam passed away in June 2001 due to cancer.)
The book consists of 3 parts:
Part 1, Introduction to Member Care, gives a solid Biblical foundation for Member Care. The definition and importance of Member Care is discussed as well as the role of the different partners (local church, organisation and support structure on the field) in the sending and caring for missionaries.
Part 2, The Life Cycle of the Missionary, gives a detailed description of the different phases in the missionary's life as well as the 3 phases in the mission cycle, namely the preparation phase, on-field phase and re-entry.
Part 3, Caring for the Missionary, describes the caring for the missionary in 5 chapters starting at the preparation phase and going right through to re-entry. The assessment of missionaries as well as the role of the support team within a local church is discussed as part of caring during the preparation phase. On-field care as well as re-entry is both addressed in detail in separate chapters. A short chapter on attrition is also included.
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