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Healthy Resilient & Effective in Cross Cultural Ministry
Healthy Resilient & Effective in Cross Cultural Ministry

Healthy Resilient & Effective in Cross Cultural Ministry


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Why another book on Missionary Care? Anything unique about it? We think so. This book reflects the scope of work that Dick and I have done throughout our 57 years of ministry with Wycliffe and SIL- and serving many other mission organizations. We were involved in screening and selection of workers, training, field work (translation and literacy), administration and leadership. Additionally we earned four graduate degrees in psychology and counselling. I believe this convergence of the roles of leadership, administrator, academic and reflective practitioner has given us unique insights into life as a cross-cultural worker, care-giver and trainer. In Part I of this book we discuss a rationale for member care, a vision for care, as well as policies and procedures for recruitment, orientation, placement and supervising personnel on site or remotely. We discuss the roles of the agency, the field authorities and the sending church. We also discuss the make-up of member care, attitudes and tools needed to care well for cross-cultural workers, a job description, how to begin, and how to function collegially with administrators and leaders as well as sending churches. In Part II we address nine specific challenges that will face leaders and care-givers. The emphasis is on how to prevent these challenges from becoming threats. Each chapter is summarized with a chart showing various responsibilities and giving suggestions for those in several roles. Another unique aspect of this book is its Asian flavor. Originally prepared in Indonesian, it reflects input from many Asian friends. We are not aware of another missions-related book that brings together in a single volume the administrative side (ethos of care) with the development and delivery of care. We pray it will bring glory to God because of its usefulness and experience-based concepts.


ISBN: 9786029254433
Producer: WEC Publishing
Product Code: 10025172
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: 18.02.2015

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Andrew Bowker  (13.02.2019)

Comprehensive, practical overview of member care!
This book by Laura Mae Gardner is outstanding. If you’re looking for a book that is easy to use and which covers member care in a comprehensive way, this is it. It is laid out in a practical easy to understand format. In essence it is a comprehensive member care plan. I don’t know of another book like it. I wish I would have had it 20 years ago when I came to TEAM. I think that any group wanting to develop a member care plan will find what they need in its pages. As I went through it I could see so many things that I have learned from Laura Mae over the years. We owe her a debt of gratitude for putting all the wisdom and insight she has gained into writing so others can benefit from it as well. I have appreciated the books that Laura Mae and Lois Dodds have written. This book puts those ideas into a form that can easily be applied. If you want to know how to craft a comprehensive member care plan for your people this is the book you need.
Review by Steven G. Edlin MA LCPC MFT / (Posted on 3/23/2015)

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