Missio Nexus is excited to release our 2019 Field Attrition Study Research Report. This report examines trends in missionary attrition, identifies reasons why missionaries have left the field, highlights questions each agency should be considering for the future, and provides practical steps to assist organizations in serving missionaries well through transition.
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Ted Esler is the president of Missio Nexus, one of the largest networks of Great Commission focused organizations and churches in North America. Originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Ted obtained an undergraduate degree in computers and speech communications at Mankato State University. He worked in the tech industry until 1990 when he and his family attended a training institute for cross-cultural ministry in Orlando and Belize, Central America. In 1992 Ted and his family moved to the Balkans where they lived in Zagreb, Croatia, and then Sarajevo, Bosnia. Their years in Sarajevo are chronicled in Ted’s book, Overwhelming Minority. In September of 1999 they moved to London, Ontario, where Ted was the director of Pioneers-Canada. Ted finished a Masters in Theological Studies during this time at Heritage Seminary (2002). Soon thereafter, Ted joined the leadership team of Pioneers-USA, where worked as executive vice president. In 2012, Ted earned a PhD from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. In 2015 Ted was appointed as the President of Missio Nexus. The member organizations and churches of Missio Nexus have a combined staff of over 60,000 globally dispersed workers. Ted is the author of The Innovation Crisis, available on Amazon.
Description: The terrain of church missions is often bewildering. Should we prioritize evangelism or works of service?