Encountering Missionary Life and Work
A generation of students preparing for intercultural mission work has relied on the classic text Life and Work on the Mission Field by J. Herbert Kane, a guide to the practicalities of missionary life. Encountering Missionary Life and Work ,...
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A generation of students preparing for intercultural mission work has relied on the classic text Life and Work on the Mission Field by J. Herbert Kane, a guide to the practicalities of missionary life. Encountering Missionary Life and Work, a new volume in the award-winning Encountering Mission series, seeks to build on Kane's work and provide practical guidance for a new generation of twenty-first-century missionaries. The authors are well qualified to write such a manual, each having served on the mission field for more than twenty years and each having taught missions at the seminary level.
The authors begin by examining the contemporary context for mission work, including the recognition that the world's mission fields are in constant and often rapid flux. They then discuss various aspects of preparing oneself for the mission field, beginning with home-front preparations and moving to on-the-field preparations. The final section deals with practical issues of missionary life and its unique challenges. The text is supplemented with case studies and many helpful sidebars for reflection and discussion.
This new volume in the award-winning Encountering Mission series is for current and future missionaries. It provides practical guidance regarding getting ready for the mission field and the realities of life on the field. The authors are well qualified to write such a manual, each having served as a missionary for more than twenty years and each having taught missions in seminary. The authors begin by examining the contemporary context for missions, including the recognition that the world??'s mission fields are in constant and often rapid change. They then discuss aspects of preparing oneself for the mission field, beginning with home-front preparations and moving to on-the-field preparations. The final section deals with practical issues and challenges of missionary life.
Practical Guidance for a New Generation of Twenty-First-Century Missionaries "This book is a wonderful introduction to missionary life and work, addressing most of the questions that a person might ask about a possible career in Christian missions. Steffen and McKinney Douglas emphasize that preparation for missionary effectiveness begins first and foremost in one's relationship to God and then in one's relationships to God's people. They also address most of the practical questions--support, agency, culture, language, family, schooling--related to the daily life and work of a missionary. This is an excellent resource for introductory missions classes in any training context."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, provost and senior vice president, Fuller Theological Seminary "Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney Douglas have produced a work that is sure to become a classic text for those who anticipate ministry in another culture. "Encountering Missionary Life and Work" goes beyond any merely academic approach to cross-cultural ministry. It focuses on the lifetime development of deeper spirituality, self-understanding, and relationships essential for effective ministry that honors God in a global context. Tom and Lois write from a rich background in effective cross-cultural ministry and years of preparing others for such ministry. I anticipate using their text in my own classes. Others have written effectively on missionary life and work, but this text is for today's missionary and suits the dynamic world situation that confronts us."--Michael Pocock, senior professor and chairman of world missions and intercultural studies, Dallas Theological Seminary "Blending their own rich experience in missions, a strong biblical foundation, insights from the hundreds of students they have taught, and in-depth awareness of key research studies and literature, Steffen and McKinney Douglas comprehensively explore the broad range of issues that affect missionary training and life. "Encountering Missionary Life and Work" will give aspiring missionaries a solid start in their preparation for the field and will help missionary veterans navigate the rocky waters of cross-cultural service."--Steve Strauss, director, SIM USA
Seasoned missionaries offer practical guidance on life and work on the mission field in an attractive, engaging, classroom-friendly format.
Tom Steffen (D.Miss., Biola University) is professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the doctor of missiology program. Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is the author of a number of missionary texts including Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions; Reconnecting God's Story to Ministry: Cross-cultural Storytelling at Home and Abroad; Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry and Passing the Baton: Church Planting that Empowers.
Lois McKinney Douglas (PhD, Michigan State University) is professor emerita of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served as a missionary for twenty-three years with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society
- Preface <br>introduction <br>part 1: The Changing Scene<br>1. Remember The Past<br>2. Understanding Key Ideas And Terms<br>part 2: Home-front Preparations<br>3. Decision Making And The Will Of God<br>4. Spiritual Formation<br>5. Personal Readiness<br>6. Ministry Readiness<br>7. Avenues To Cross-cultural Ministries<br>8. Finding Your Niche<br>9. Getting Going<br>part 3: On-field Preparations<br>10. What Is Culture? <br>11. At Home In The Culture<br>12. Culture And Language Acquisition<br>part 4: Missionaries And Their Lives<br>13. Women In Missions<br>14. Missionary Families<br>15. Crises In Missions<br>16. Reentry<br>17. What's Next?<br>appendix