Facing cross-cultural stresses Missionaries face stressful situations by virtue of the fact that they live and work cross-culturally. Some researchers have insisted that cross-cultural workers are under no more stress than anyone else, and yet studies are showing that many living cross-culturally exhibit symptoms of PTSD. Maybe it’s time the Church takes notice? I […]
Back in May I posted a few articles on culture fatigue. More recently, I posted some of my research on stress in missions. I’m still editing a coming post on mutual care, which was the core of my dissertation research (it’s not easy jamming 50k words into a couple blog posts). Today I happened across […]
Came across this video, which pretty much confirms the assertions and conclusions of my dissertation. The implications are rather staggering when thinking about the large number of cross-cultural workers that report feeling lonely and disconnected from community. This TED Talk speaks to that.
So why all the fuss about a world that doesn’t like our baby Jesus? Is the church really surprised as much as it seems appalled? I honestly don’t get it.
Why talk about missionary stress? (Especially when others are talking about it) Good question. While stress is a factor in missionary longevity and resilience, I often wonder if we haven’t over emphasized an inevitable fact of life? Granted, on a common scale used for measuring stress “… cross-cultural workers experience about 600 points of […]
Somewhere along the way, most of us pick up bad habits of extracting from the Bible what we pretentiously call “spiritual principles,” or “moral guidelines,” or “theological truths,” and then corseting ourselves in them in order to force a godly shape on our lives. That’s a mighty uncomfortable way to go about improving our condition. And it’s not the gospel way. Story is […]
Applaud the ‘go it alone’ pioneer spirit While this category is a huge issue in any form of ministry, thankfully, many agencies work to avoid sending folks to a field of service without a team. However, the global worker who goes out with unreasonable expectations (internal or placed upon them), believing it is up to […]
Answering an add for a youth pastor position in a church plant (a long time ago), I sat before the pastor eager to ‘get the job’. Soon, I realized this position was not for me. The pastor, good intentioned no doubt, made a point of distinguishing his ministry from all others in the area–and there were […]
A few years ago a pastor asked me if I agreed that missionaries “fail in ministry” because they had no real strategic plan. Resisting the urge to dance my sword under his chin threateningly, I answered his question by asking questions of my own. “What if what you and I may call a failure is really a […]
So, leave the field or stretch the truth back home to remain in the place they have spent years preparing to locate?