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 […]
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 […]
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?
The only reason for this massive recall of missionaries from around the world is that Southern Baptist individuals and churches would rather spend the massive resources God has entrusted to them on other things than the most effective proven means of taking the Good News of Jesus to the nations.
“If I had 60 minutes with an unbeliever, I would spend the first 55 minutes listening and asking questions and in the last 5 minutes I would say something based on what I heard and based on the questions I asked.”
Every summer, for the past few years, our family has participated in a conference for cross-cultural workers to step away from their work for a chance to receive. Over the next few weeks I plan to focus primarily on the conversations we had during those remarkable 10 days. So, to start, I’m posting some comments […]
How to engage culture fatigue Culture fatigue is inescapable. Any transition we undergo opens us to stress, which can eventually lead to the symptoms and stages mentioned in the last two posts. Loss and change are a part of this life. We need to get good with that. But because of […]