Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry

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Practical Guidance for a New Generation of Twenty-First-Century Missionaries

"This book is a wonderful introduction to missionary life and work, addressing most of the questions that a person might ask about a possible career in Christian missions. Steffen and McKinney Douglas emphasize that preparation for missionary effectiveness begins first and foremost in one's relationship to God and then in one's relationships to God's people. They also address most of the practical questions--support, agency, culture, language, family, schooling--related to the daily life and work of a missionary. This is an excellent resource for introductory missions classes in any training context."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, provost and senior vice president, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney Douglas have produced a work that is sure to become a classic text for those who anticipate ministry in another culture. Encountering Missionary Life and Work goes beyond any merely academic approach to cross-cultural ministry. It focuses on the lifetime development of deeper spirituality, self-understanding, and relationships essential for effective ministry that honors God in a global context. Tom and Lois write from a rich background in effective cross-cultural ministry and years of preparing others for such ministry. I anticipate using their text in my own classes. Others have written effectively on missionary life and work, but this text is for today's missionary and suits the dynamic world situation that confronts us."--Michael Pocock, senior professor and chairman of world missions and intercultural studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Blending their own rich experience in missions, a strong biblical foundation, insights from the hundreds of students they have taught, and in-depth awareness of key research studies and literature, Steffen and McKinney Douglas comprehensively explore the broad range of issues that affect missionary training and life. Encountering Missionary Life and Work will give aspiring missionaries a solid start in their preparation for the field and will help missionary veterans navigate the rocky waters of cross-cultural service."--Steve Strauss, director, SIM USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801026591
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 313,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Steffen (DMiss, Biola University) is professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the doctor of missiology program. He served as a missionary for twenty years in Southeast Asia. Lois McKinney Douglas (PhD, Michigan State University) is professor emerita of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served as a missionary for twenty-three years with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Changing Scene
1. Remember the Past
2. Understanding Key Ideas and Terms
Part 2: Home-Front Preparations
3. Decision Making and the Will of God
4. Spiritual Formation
5. Personal Readiness
6. Ministry Readiness
7. Avenues to Cross-Cultural Ministries
8. Finding Your Niche
9. Getting Going
Part 3: On-Field Preparations
10. What Is Culture?
11. At Home in the Culture
12. Culture and Language Acquisition
Part 4: Missionaries and Their Lives
13. Women in Missions
14. Missionary Families
15. Crises in Missions
16. Reentry
17. What's Next?
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