The Missionary Family (EMS 22)

Witness, Concerns, Care
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The title of this book points to a feature—the missionary family—often considered to be a distinctive of the Protestant missionary movement. Certainly the presence of missionary families in the field has been a central factor in enabling, configuring, and restricting Protestant missionary outreach. What special concerns does sending missionary families raise for the conduct of mission? What means are available for extending care and support to missionary families? These issues are the focus of the chapters in part 1 of this book.

In recent years an increasing number of reports have surfaced of sexual abuse in mission settings. Some reports have been based on “recovered memories,” the assessment of which raises difficult questions. Clearly sexual abuse in mission settings and how to understand allegations of abuse based on recovered memories are matters of grave concern to mission agencies and mission supporters as well as to missionary families. Part 2 serves the mission community by scrutinizing such matters, offering legal, historical, and psychological perspectives on the topic.

In a new feature, “Forum on Sexual Orientation and Mission: An Evangelical Discussion,” the Evangelical Missiological Society takes up a pressing issue of our day. Fourteen evangelical scholars participate in the discussion found in part 3.  Far from being the final word, this forum is presented with the prayer that it will serve as an opening to and basis for ongoing missiological conversation about an urgent and timely topic.

  • ISBN: 9780878080441
  • Pages: 350
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Introduction - Dwight P. Baker

Part One: Families in Mission

Introduction: Families in Mission
Robert J. Priest

  • 1 Walter and Ingrid Trobisch and a Missiology of “Couple Power”
  • Anneke Stasson
  • 2 Experiencing Risk: Missionary Families in Dangerous Places
  • Donald Grigorenko and Margaret Grigorenko
  • 3 The Family and Missions: Reflections from the Life of a U.S. Missionary
  • Jerry Rankin
  • 4 Caring for the Parents of Missionaries: A Case Study of Global Bible Translators
  • Sunny Hong
  • 5 The “Family Problem”: Challenges in Balancing Maternity and Mission in Nineteenth-Century Equatorial Africa
  • Mary Carol Cloutier
  • 6 William Carey’s Vision for Missionary Families
  • Andrew D. McFarland

 

Part Two: Responding to MK Sexual Abuse and to Reports of Abuse Based on Recovered Memories

Introduction: Responding to MK Sexual Abuse and to Reports of Abuse Based on Recovered Memories
Robert J. Priest

  • 7 Getting It Right, Healing the Wrong: Legal Issues in Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Sexual Abuse
  • Theresa Lynn Sidebotham
  • 8 Out of the Past: Assessing Historical Reports of Sexual Abuse
  • Philip Jenkins
  • 9 Recovered Memories and Accusations of Sexual Abuse: A Review of Scientific Research Relevant to Missionary Contexts
  • David R. Dunaetz
  • 10 Malleability of Memory: Evaluating Testimony and Accusations within the Mission Community
  • Raymond Phinney

 

Part Three: Forum on Sexual Orientation and Mission: An Evangelical Discussion

Introduction: Forum on Sexual Orientation and Mission: An
Evangelical Discussion
Dwight P. Baker

 

  • 11 Gay and Lesbian Christians: Framing Questions and Clarifying the Debate about a Place in Church and Mission for Evangelical LGBTQ Youth
  • Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
  • 12 Lingenfelter Raises Questions Other Than Those He Has Stated
  • Andrew J. B. Cameron
  • 13 Same-Sex Relationships: Toward an Old Testament Orientation
  • M. Daniel Carroll R
  • 14 Urgent Question, but with Marked Reservations
  • Graham A. Cole
  • 15 Asking the Bible for Answers to Questions It Does Not Ask
  • John Goldingay
  • 16 Experience at the Heart of the Matter
  • Joshua W. Jipp
  • 17 The Church’s Definitive Teaching
  • Stanton L. Jones
  • 18 The Impact of Contemporary Trends in Sexuality on Mission Agencies
  • Phillip Marshall
  • 19 A Complex Multilevel Issue
  • Craig Ott
  • 20 Exploring Conversations on Same-Sex Attraction
  • Jenell Paris
  • 21 Breaking the Evangelical Silence on Sex—with Clarity
  • Kersten Bayt Priest
  • 22 Additional Questions
  • Steven C. Roy
  • 23 Widening the Field of Vision
  • Michael A. Rynkiewich
  • 24 The View from a University President’s Office
  • David Wright
  • 25 Tensions between “What Should Be ” and “What Is”: A Response
  • Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

 

Bibliography
Contributors
General Index
Scripture Index

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