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Doing Member Care Well

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Introduction: To the Ends of the Earth, To the End of the Age


1. Going Global: A Member Care Model for Best Practice by Kelly O'Donnell

2. Developing a Flow of Care and Caregivers by David Pollock

3. Christianity at 2000: Changes Today, Challenges Tomorrow by Todd M. Johnson

4. Humanitarianism with a Point by John L. Amstutz

5. Commemorating the Witnesses to the Faith by John Paul II



6. Challenges and Care for Asian Missionaries by Gracia Wiarda

7. MK Education and Care: Lessons from Asia by Polly Chan


8. Indian Missionary Care: Dark Obstacles and Divine Opportunities by K. K. Rajendran

9. Field Care for Asian Missionaries in South Asia by Ah Kie Lim 


10. Member Care for African Mission Personnel by Naomi Famonure

11. Member Care in North Africa: Finding Life in the Desert by Anke Tissingh

12. Mobile Member Care Team-West Africa: Our Journey and Direction by Darlene Jerome

13. Member Care Development in South Africa by Marina Prins and Braam Willemse

14. Tumaini Counselling Centre: Ten Years in/from East Africa by Roger K. Brown and Shirley M. Brown

SECTION FOUR: Latin America

15. Awakening Pastoral Care in Latin American Missions by Christopher Shaw

16. Pastoral Care from Latin America: Some Suggestions for Sending Churches by Pablo

17. Preparing to Persevere in Brazilian Missions by Márcia Tostes

18. Holding on to the Good: A Short Experience for Emotional Debriefing by Esly Carvalho


19. Ministering Wisely in the Middle East: Christian Service Under Pressure by Naji Abi-Hashem and Anneke Companjen

20. Doing Member Care in Red Zones: Examples from the Middle East by Raymond Hicks



21. Jesus Christ: The Heart of Member Care by David Huggett and Joyce Huggett

22. Joy and Sacrifice in the Lord by Ajith Fernando


23. Giants, Foxes, Wolves, and Flies: Helping Ourselves and Others by Kelly O'Donnell and Michele O'Donnell

24. Sexual Purity in Missions by Ken Williams

25. Surviving War as a Caregiver: A Personal Account by Paula O'Keefe


26. Best Practice Guidelines

Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission-Global Connections,UK

Code of Best Practice in Member Care-Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

27. Care and Support of Local Staff in Christian Humanitarian Ministry by John Fawcett, with case study by Viola Mukasa

28. Administrative Guidelines for Remaining or Returning by Laura Mae Gardner

29. Reinventing Missionary Commitment by Kath Donovan and Ruth Myors

30. Running Well and Resting Well: Twelve Tools for Missionary Life by Kelly O'Donnell and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell


31. A Guest in Their World by Karen Carr

*Pastoral/Spiritual Care

32. Pastoral Encouragement: Seven Letters to Christian Workers by Lareau Lindquist

33. Reviewing Personal Spirituality: Reflections on Work with Overseas Personnel by Annie Hargrave

*Physical/Medical Care

34. Helping Missionaries Start Healthy and Stay Healthy by Michael E. Jones and Kenneth Gamble

35. Health and Safety Guidelines for Preventing Accidents by InterHealth and People in Aid

*Training/Career Care

36. Career Development for Mission Personnel by Gordon Jones and Rosemary Jones

37. Training Asian Counselors for Missionary Care by Ron Noll and Barbara Rohnert-Noll

*Team Building/Interpersonal

38. Building Resilent Teams: The CACTUS Kit by Kelly O'Donnell

39. The Potential and Pitfalls of Multicultural Mission Teams by David Greenlee, Yong Joon Cho, and Abraham Thulare


40. Caring for Missionary Families: Applications from the Military by Hans V. Ritschard

41. Supporting Expatriate Women in Difficult Settings by Annemie Grosshauser


42. A Mindset and Department for Member Care by Bruce Swanson

43. The Perils of Pioneering: Responsible Logistics for Hostile Places by Steve Holloway and Kitty Holloway


44. Guidelines for Crisis and Routine Debriefing by Debbie Lovell

45. Human Rights Advocacy in Missions by Wilfred Wong 


46. Field Counseling: Sifting the Wheat from the Chaff by Leonard J. Cerny II and Dave S.Smith

47. The Cross of Christ in Debriefing and Ethnic Reconciliation by Erik Spruyt, Rhiannon Lloyd, and Renée Schudel


48. Developing Member Care Affiliations by Kelly O'Donnell

49. Global Member Care Resource List by Harry Hoffmann and Kelly O'Donnell

50. Touring the Terrain: An International Sampler of Member Care Books by Kelly O'Donnell


Book Format: Paperback
Doing Member Care Well
Perspectives and Practices From Around the World
by: Kelly O’Donnell (Editor)

This book serves as a vital resource for those involved in missionary care, offering practical insights and strategies to support the well-being and effectiveness of missionaries. Through its collection of essays and articles, the book addresses the multifaceted challenges faced by missionaries, emphasizing the importance of holistic care that includes emotional, psychological, and spiritual support.

Aimed at mission organizations, church leaders, and caregivers, Doing Member Care Well provides a thorough examination of member care practices, highlighting successful models and sharing valuable lessons learned from the field. The contributions from various experts make it a rich source of knowledge and an essential tool for enhancing the support systems for missionaries worldwide.

Doing Member Care Well is a comprehensive guide focusing on the supervision and care of missionaries. Published by William Carey Library in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, this book compiles diverse perspectives and practices on member care from various global contexts.


  • We are delighted to launch this global resource for member care into the international mission family.  Its global scope is reflected in the diversity of authors and the wide range of topics.  Doing Member Care Well is an extensive resource, especially developed to address the member care issues of the missions community from different cultures.  This is a mission literature treasure!

    William D. Taylor Co-Founder, Executive Director Missions Commission, World Evangelical Alliance

  • This book delivers what it promises!  Here are 50 cogent chapters from the widest selection of writers in the member care field to date.  Part 2 alone is worth the price of the book, as it provides a much-needed platform for our international colleagues from the New Sending Countries to share about the development of their own models.  Doing Member Care Well takes member care beyond it's usual boundaries.  It internationalizes this field of service, and it increases our resources for Christian workers by including perspectives from the humanitarian aid, human resource, and international health sectors.  Well done!

    Brent Lindquist United States President Link Care Center

  • Missionaries, like long-distance runners, need training, care and coaching to 'run with endurance for the race set before them.'  Dr. Kelly O'Donnell's book both encourages and instructs the church around the world as it seeks to support its mission personnel.  It is highly readable and relevant for us in Africa, and it will be an invaluable tool for sending organizations as they work to provide and develop member care resources.

    Tokunboh Adeyemo Kenya General Secretary, Association of Evangelicals in Africa

Additional Details

  • Pages: 566
  • Publisher: William Carey Library
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2002
  • ISBN: 9780878084463
  • Vendor: William Carey Library