Many missionary administrators feel that they are already overburdened with responsibilities. The prospect of being asked to recognize symptoms of stress and trauma in their missionaries may seem like an overwhelming and unreasonable expectation. However, if missionary administrators can become better equipped in recognition and referral skills, it will ultimately lead to less stress for them.
- 24: Creating Pathways (and Reducing Barriers) for Women in Organizational Leadership: Seeing Men and Women Flourish as They Work TogetherFri Mar 29 2019, 12:00pm PDT - Sat Mar 30 2019, 12:00pm PDT
- Canadian Mission Leader ConnectionThu Apr 4 2019, 10:00am EDT - 2:00pm EDT
- Peer2Peer - CEOsTue Apr 9 2019, 5:30pm EDT - Thu Apr 11 2019, 4:00pm EDT
- Webinar: Jesus in the Secular World #1: Understanding Global SecularizationThu Apr 18 2019, 02:00 pm EDT - 03:15 pm EDT
- Webinar: Jesus in the Secular World #2: Responding to Global SecularizationThu Apr 25 2019, 02:00 pm EDT - 03:15 pm EDT
by James Nelson Global Mapping International —Reviewed by Lynn D. Shmidt, mission practitioner; associate professor of mission, Asbury University At first glance, one wonders what the story of Ruth could say to cross-cultural ministry. As James Nelson observes, “She was not even a Christian” (p. 10). The opening chapter sets the book’s theme, looking at Ruth . . . read more
Ted Esler’s article is a careful missiological reflection on the unengaged paradigm. His argument for “robust missiological dialogue” is convincing. It is desirable that mission strategists and missiologists have more time for fellowship and dialogue.
by Alister McGrath SPCK —Reviewed by George F. Pickens, professor, theology and mission; coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Messiah College Most studies of world Christianity focus on the Global South, where the younger churches are booming, and except for surveys of their swift and steady decline, the older churches in the Global North receive . . . read more
In his final words to his followers, Jesus told them to make disciples of all nations or peoples. The idea that 2,000 years later there should still be unengaged, unreached people groups is a sad and heartbreaking indictment of the Global Church. Despite 12 million vocational workers and 43,000 denominations, we seem unable to make disciples in the few thousand people groups that remain.
by Jim and Judy Raymo William Carey Library —Reviewed by Brian C. Hull, assistant professor, youth ministry; director, Christian Ministries Resource Center, Asbury University The Millennial generation’s (those born between 1982 and 2002) values are quite different than those that have come before. This has led to a tension and even separation from the Church . . . read more
I commend Ted Esler for writing this helpful article. He raises important questions regarding the missiological impact of the concept of the unengaged. His four suggestions on the way forward are excellent and I want to be a part of seeing these realized. Although I affirm what Ted has written, I do want to challenge some of his conclusions.
by Edward L. Smither Cascade Books —Reviewed by Jonathan K. Dodson, mission leader, pastor, and author It is encouraging to see the work of diligent, global missiologists trickling into one another’s countries, thus reinvigorating our practice of mission. Edward Smither has made his own contributions from the vantage point of Brazilian missions in the Arab . . . read more
In recent years, much has been said about the good and the bad of short-term missions. Short-term missions have been around long enough to have history. In that history, there is as much to be ashamed of as there is to celebrate.