Tag - Missionary Care

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To Send Missionaries is to Pray
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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary
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What is Member Care?
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5 Tips for a Great Commissioning Service
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5 Practical Ways to Be a Great Sending Church
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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers

To Send Missionaries is to Pray

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Prayer is not merely the entry point of missions in a sending church. It’s the foundation for every element of sending. Photo by TEAM

This post is the second in a three-part series exploring the role of the sending church in missions. Read Part I or Part III. The following is an excerpt from The Sending Church Defined, written by Upstream Collective. It can be purchased in print. While at a secret meeting with house church leaders in an intensely persecuted region of China, missiologist Nik Ripken was asked a peculiar question: “Are the believers [in other countries] persecuted like we are?” Ripken answered yes, describing the kind of persecution taking place in two Middle Eastern countries. The group became eerily silent. Early the next morning Ripken was jarred…

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7 Critical Points When You Can Serve Your Missionary

There are many ways that you can care for the missionaries you are sending and impact the kingdom for good. Photo by TEAM

As believers, we are all called to reach the nations. This might mean a personal call to go, send, welcome, train or any number of other individual tasks. In all likelihood, we will each be called to serve in different ways at different times in our lives. While each of these tasks can feel a little daunting if we’re un-experienced, it is the “sending” role that leaves many of us particularly baffled. If you are in the role of sender, you may find yourself thinking, “There has to be more to this than simply writing a check.” You are so…

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What is Member Care?

Missionaries are ordinary believers living obediently to the call God has placed on their lives. They aren’t exempt from the struggles and trials that come to everyone. The question may be raised, who cares for those who are constantly caring for others? At TEAM, our answer for this vital need is member care.

Picture this: A young woman embarks on a cross-cultural mission with a burden to bring the light of Christ to unreached people. She must invest years learning an extremely difficult language in order to serve in her new country. She experiences civil unrest and natural disasters as she is adjusting to life in a new part of the world. As a single woman in a male-dominated culture, she is limited in where she can go and what she can do. While God provides a team of caring coworkers to surround this young woman, the team changes frequently as different members…

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5 Tips for a Great Commissioning Service

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The launching point of a ship's service is its "commissioning". When a new missionary is going abroad, it is important that they also be commissioned. Photo by Robert Johnson /TEAM

When a brand-new ship is ready to set sail, it is “commissioned.” The event is arranged by the ship’s builders and shareholders and serves as a public declaration that the vessel is seaworthy and ready for the voyage. The commissioning is the launching point of the ship’s active service. When a brand-new missionary is being deployed for service abroad, it is also important that they are commissioned. There are some great things that you and your church can do to “launch” your missionary. A commissioning service is an important time for both a missionary and his or her sending church….

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5 Practical Ways to Be a Great Sending Church

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The prospect of sending missionaries can be intimidating - but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of things your church can do to help send well supported and prepared missionaries. / Photo courtesy of TEAM

Something exciting is happening at your church – you have members who want to serve God overseas! Having missionaries to send from your church is something to be thankful for, but it can also come with a lot of questions. What if your church body is new to sending, or hasn’t sent in a long time? What does your church need to do? Where should you step in? Where should you step back? What if your members aren’t experts on country-to-country moves? The prospect of sending missionaries can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots…

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The Greatest Enemy of Missionary Careers

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Keeping the Peace: A TEAM worker in Peru laughs with local church members. Numbers show that resolving conflict with team members and national workers is essential for successful long-term missionary careers. Photo by Robert Johnson / TEAM

Here’s a little secret: Missionaries are ordinary people. And just like ordinary people, sometimes they have conflicts about ordinary things like misplaced dishes. These days, good missionary care teams keep an eye out for interpersonal conflict as the source of potential burnout. As it turns out, it’s not a new problem. Not by a long shot. TEAM writer Lisa Renninger was recently researching for a project on TEAM’s history and stumbled upon a story of narrowly avoided-missionary burnout set in Venezuela over a century ago. In 1906, two pioneering missionary families, the Bachs and the Christiansens, had established a new…

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