Encountering Missionary Life and Work

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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This new volume in the award-winning Encountering Mission series is for current and future missionaries. It provides practical guidance regarding getting ready for the mission field and the realities of life on the field. The authors are well qualified to write such a manual, each having served as a missionary for more than twenty years and each having taught missions in seminary. The authors begin by examining the contemporary context for missions, including the recognition that the world's mission fields are in constant and often rapid change. They then discuss aspects of preparing oneself for the mission field, beginning with home-front preparations and moving to on-the-field preparations. The final section deals with practical issues and challenges of missionary life.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Changing Scene
Remembering the Pastp. 3
Understanding Key Ideas and Termsp. 30
Home-Front Preparations
Decision Making and the Will of Godp. 47
Spiritual Formationp. 62
Personal Readinessp. 85
Ministry Readinessp. 102
Avenues to Cross-Cultural Ministriesp. 122
Finding Your Nichep. 139
Getting Goingp. 159
On-Field Preparations
What Is Culture?p. 181
At Home in the Culturep. 201
Culture and Language Acquisitionp. 224
Missionaries and Their Lives
Women in Missionsp. 253
Missionary Familiesp. 276
Crises in Missionsp. 295
Reentryp. 320
What's Next?p. 343
Helpful Web Sitesp. 359
Reference Listp. 365
Scripture Indexp. 379
Subject Indexp. 383
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