CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

2022 JULY MISSIONS MONTH

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MEMBER CARE

AKA MISSIONARY CARE

2022 JMM FOCUS

 

Member Care is 

“The ongoing preparation, equipping and empowering of
mission personnel for effective and sustainable life,
ministry and work.”

2008 WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE MISSION COMMISSION 

WHY MEMBER CARE?

STATISTICS ON MEMBER CARE

of missionaries have been diagnosed with a psychological issue.

46%

of missionaries burn out and don’t finish their term.

80%

71%

87%

of the 46% of missionaries are diagnosed with depression.

It is 5 times higher than the general population.

of missionaries who have left the field are for “preventable” reasons

1/3

of all missionaries will leave within their first decade for reasons that could have been prevented.

Examples of “preventable” reasons: major reasons are (but are not limited to) issues such as culture shock, unmet expectations, conflict, lack of finances, and lack of call.

Social Readjustment Rating Scale (a.ka. Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale)

200pts

or more during a given year the cumulative stress had an impact well beyond that year.

50%

who scored 200 points and above were hospitalized within the subsequent two years for heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, or other severe illness.

600pts

is the average cross-cultural worker (aka Missionary) scores yearly,

800pts - 900pts

is the average cross-cultural worker (aka Missionary) scores during the first year of ministry.

SOURCES: GEORGE PATTON JR, MISSIONARY, BURNOUT: YOU CAN OVERCOME, (TRADE PAPERBACK, 2019). WILLIAM D. TAYLOR, TOO VALUABLE TO LOSE (PASADENA: WILLIAM CAREY LIBRARY, 1997), RUSS TURNEY, LEAVE A LEGACY: INCREASING MISSIONARY LONGEVITY (PUCHONG: ASIA PACIFIC THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PRESS, 2013),  SCOTT MOREAU, INTRODUCING WORLD MISSIONS (GRAND RAPIDS: BAKER ACADEMIC, 2015), SAVANNA SCHNEIDER, WHY MISSIONARIES LEAVE THE FIELD PREMATURELY) THE SOCIAL READJUSTMENT RATING SCALE,' THOMAS H. HOLMES AND RICHARD H. RAHE, JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2, AUGUST 1967, PAGES 213-218. HEARTSTREAM MINISTRIES, HTTP://HSRK.OR.KR/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2018/09/9-CORE2COS.PDF?CKATTEMPT=1

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