Caring for Cross-Cultural Workers

Posted on 27 February 2009
Published, this week, are the Guidelines for Good Practice for Mission Member Care; to which Stephen has had a significant input. They address the vital need to care appropriately and adequately for missionary workers.

The Guidelines comment that Mission “Member Care involves treating enquirers, personnel and their families with love, care and respect. It involves consideration of their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs, throughout their term of service, so that they can find their ministry fulfilling and be effective in doing God’s will. The point of member care is to launch and sustain resilient individuals in successful ministry.
“These Guidelines for Good Practice for Mission Member Care are designed to apply to any church or Christian organisation based in the UK which is sending staff or volunteers overseas. The principles apply to all personnel such as volunteers working overseas, and mission personnel and their families.”
Stephen comments, “It has been a privilege to be involved in the consultation and editing process and, in our discussions, to stress the importance of the local church and the need for spiritual formation.”

The report can be accessed from http://www.globalconnections.co.uk/resources

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