“Unmet pastoral care to missionaries is one of the most critical issues regarding longevity and effectiveness of missions.”
Today’s world offers unprecedented opportunities for followers of Christ to share the good news of the gospel. Every week, individuals and families are stepping out in obedience, leaving the comforts of home for ministry assignments around the world.
Providing financial and logistical support to these faithful servants is important, but even more needed in these difficult times is an intentional and strategic ministry of encouragement, pastoral and emotional care. Effective support in these areas can help make sure workers leave the mission field fulfilled instead of burned out and empty.
One worker recently back from a mid-term assignment in North Africa shares, “Rejected visas and harsh environments are not the only things that can hinder the advance of the Gospel in restricted access areas. Unmet pastoral care to missionaries is one of the most critical issues regarding longevity and effectiveness of missions.”
These gaps in care often lead to a high attrition rate among mid- and long-term missionaries.
In 2009, the planning team, consisting of pastors, leaders from sending agencies, those working in counseling and former and current missionaries, met together for the first time. Our desire is to equip churches, agencies, academic institutions and counselors with the tools necessary to better care for our missionaries.
Current Planning Team:
Louise Anderson, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mark & Helen Downing, Retired Missionaries
Leslie Erickson, Village Baptist Church
Kara Githens, Counselor and WorldVenture
Barbie Grey, Village Baptist Church
John & Gail Hutchinson, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Ginny Jensen, Paraclete Coach – WorldVenture
John J., Village Baptist Church
Lynn Paulsen, Care Port Counseling
Perry Pust, MAF
Brian Stark, South Hills Church
Vera Stair, Wycliffe Bible Translators