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What do missionaries need?

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In a recent meeting, we led a discussion on the needs of missionaries and asked the following question.  Thinking about missionaries from the time of recruitment to the period of retirement, what do they need in order to survive and thrive?  Following a brainstorming session in small groups, we compiled a list and then asked the small groups to identify what basic category (that we had pre-selected) each need had fallen into.

Since this is a work-in-progress, I would appreciate if others out there could add to the list.

Physical

  • Mission agency
  • Schooling options and TCK care
  • Review
  • Welcome back
  • House
  • Admin
  • Vacation
  • Money and supporters
  • Medical care
  • Communication
  • IT and Technology
  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Immigration
  • Centers
  • Retirement plan
  • Accountability

Emotional/Psychological

  • Appreciation
  • Encouragement
  • Adequate sleep and rest
  • Flexibility/resilience/adaptability
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Forgiving
  • Respect
  • Vacations
  • Ownership of Vision/Mission/Values
  • Recreation
  • Adaptability
  • Debrief and listening
  • Resiliency
  • Appropriate organizational exit

Social

  • Visits
  • Good relationships
  • Flexibility
  • Partners
  • Friendships
  • Laughter
  • Family support
  • Peace makers
  • Conference
  • Team
  • Community

Mental/Intellectual/Professional

  • Sense of competency
  • Sense of empowerment
  • Direction
  • Challenges with support
  • Cultural advice
  • Good examples and mentors
  • Vision
  • Ongoing training
  • Godly effective leaders
  • Permission to take initiative
  • Member development
  • Daniel learning
  • Clear expectations
  • Meaningful work
  • Coaching
  • Studies and training
  • Accountability
  • Good communication
  • Contingency plans
  • Monthly Information Sheet

Spiritual

  • Identity security: A strong sense of who they are in Christ
  • Deep relationship with God
  • Prayer
  • Faith in God
  • Strong sense of call
  • God’s word
  • Discipline
  • Discipleship
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  1. Wayne
    November 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    May be implies, but I did not see planning for ones retirement–financial resources, medical resources, living options, engaging with these questions earlier than later

  2. Wayne
    November 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Opps, over looked retirement plan under physical

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