Resources for Good Practice
Update January 2014
Member Care in Mission/Aid
Families and Singles
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This month we feature two new edited books on the wellbeing and effectiveness of families and singles in mission/aid (Family Accountability in Missions and Single Mission). Each book includes over 30 authors from several countries who write primarily from perspectives within the Protestant mission sector. The materials in these books are also helpful for colleagues from a variety of backgrounds—especially those who are open to faith-based motivations and values in mission/aid--as they provide and develop resources for staff care/development.
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell
Families in Mission/Aid
Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (2013)
Editor: Jonathan J. Bonk; Associate Editors: Dwight P. Baker, J. Nelson Jennings, Jin Bong Kim, and Steve Sang-Cheol Moon
“This twenty-eight-chapter paperback book…presents case studies and responses given at the Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum convened June 11–14, 2013, at the Overseas Ministries Study Center…[M]ission agencies, sending churches, and families with ministries in a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic contexts all over the world face a range of expected and sometimes unexpected challenges in regard to the nurture, care, and education of children... In addition, [mission] families find themselves on the cutting edge of identity issues as their children are reared and educated in cultures quite alien to their home cultures, sometimes marrying across cultures and nationalities, resulting in families scattered across the globe. . . . I believe the case studies in this book speak for themselves." Excerpt from the website:
Chapters include topics on marriage, culture and language, education, the role of senders, finances, resilience and corruption, retirement, and transcultural kids.
“OMSC has produced an important work that helps capture the realities, challenges, and joys of missions in the critical area of family. This volume will help churches, pastors, scholars, and missionaries better understand how to think about and provide such care.”--Michael Young-Suk Oh, Executive Director/CEO, The Lausanne Movement
Singles in Mission/Aid
Single Mission: Thriving as a Single Person in Cross-Cultural Ministry (2013)
Editors: Debbie Hawker and Tim Herbert
“Single Mission aims to encourage and equip single mission personnel, and to help them be strong in their faith, effective in their ministry, resilient and content with their lifestyle. If you care about mission personnel who are single, read this book so that you can support them better in their ministry. Chapters have been contributed by over 30 women and men from six continents. Let their stories of modern-day mission encourage and challenge you in your faith.”--Excerpt from the back cover
Part One: Single mission workers from different cultures (18 chapters)
Part Two: Sexuality (8 chapters)
Part Three: The journey from singleness to marriage (8 chapters)
Part Four: What we know about single people in ministry (6 chapters)
Appendices: (4 chapters)
“[This] book will be a valuable and required resource for all of our present/veteran long-term cross-cultural workers and especially for our new candidates…[it] will also be a great addition to our member care workers both in the Home office and in our field settings.”--John Kennedy, Associate Executive Director, Interserve, USA
Resources from Member Care Associates
Global Member Care (volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (book)
Global Portal for Good Practice (website)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice (weblog)
Global Mental Health: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website)
Global Integration: Connecting and Contributing (materials)