Calvary

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Missions   Resource  Connection

Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.

 

While our primary focus is to missionaries and senders within the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, we welcome all to glean from this collection of missions resources.

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GENERAL HELPS:

Missionary Care contains a series of brochures, a database of articles, and sixteen e-books. Topics of the e-books include missionary transitions, member care, Third Culture Kids, adolescence, marriage, singleness, bribery, and psychology for missionaries. Brochures cover a wide variety of topics including anger, aging parent, anxiety, attrition, etc. The database contains published articles and books with annotated bibliographies on a vast array of topics including accountability, family, re-entry, adaptability, fatigue, and relationships. The database can be searched by topic or by author. Missionary Care also contains a list of links to other missions support websites.

Cross Cultural Workers contains much of the same information as the website listed above but with changes in some terminology to make it useful to workers in closed locations.

Member Care Media contains short teachings for missionaries that can be listened to online. The audio recordings are divided into the following categories: addictions, anger, anxiety, attitudes and resilience, burnout, children, coaching, communication, conflict, crisis, crisis-trauma-response, cross cultural living, culture shock, debriefing, depression, disappointment, encouragement, family, finances, forgiveness, friendship, gratitude, grief, language learning, leadership, marriage, mental health, personal growth, pre-field training, re-entry, relationships, resilience, self assessment, self care, servant leadership, sexuality, singleness, spiritual growth, stress, support raising, TCKs, team work, trauma response, transition, and work problems.

Barnabas International is an organization that "exists to edify, encourage, enrich and strengthen servants in ministry." They provide downloadable articles, book recommendations, and other resources on a variety of missions topics, and they provide debriefing and counseling services to missionaries.

Global Connections is a network of British churches and agencies with an interest in missions. Their website has a series of articles about many different issues related to missions. They also offer various retreats and conferences on missions.

Established in 1964, Evangelical Missions Quarterly publishes four issues each year on a wide variety of topics relevant to missions. No longer offering a print version of the magazine, a subscription to the online periodical includes access to previous issues.

Brigada is a free online magazine, available as an email subscription or to read online, which provides short articles about current trends and resources in missions.

Thrive Ministry is a ministry of encouragement to women from Canada and the United States who live and minister overseas. They have a free online magazine and they offer 3-4 day retreats around the world for a very reasonable price. The retreat teachings are also available to hear online.

Velvet Ashes is an online community for women serving in ministry overseas. Their website features articles on stress, singleness, marriage, parenting and more, a book club, an online Friday conversation, and connection groups on Skype, on Facebook, or by email. 

Care Corps International, a crisis care ministry for caregivers in places of crisis, war and disaster, has an excellent compassion fatigue self-test on their website. If you are concerned that you may be at risk of becoming burned out, this might be a good place to start to decide if you need to seek help.

Though not directed toward missionaries, Focus on the Family's website contains many helpful articles on dealing with difficult situation in marriage and parenting.

The website for the American Association of Christian Counselors contains some helpful information on resources that are available and has a search function to allow visitors to find a Christian counselor near them.

Paracletos' blog contains articles (and links to more articles) on issues that are faced by missionaries and how to thrive through those difficulties.

Mission Frontiers is a bi-monthly magazine produced by Frontier Ventures available as a print subscription or free online subscription. Issues cover a wide range of topics in missiology, with a focus on establishing "indigenous and self-reproducing Church-Planting Movements among the 7000 unreached peoples of the world."