MEMBER CARE BOOKS AND MAGAZINES:
Serving As Senders Today by Neal Pirolo
Serving as Senders Today is a guide for missionaries to instruct them how to raise a support team before going on the mission field and a guide for that support team to instruct them how to effectively support their missionary in several areas: moral support, logistics support, financial support, prayer support, communication support, and re-entry support. (Available from www.eri.org.)
Well Sent: Reimagining the Church's Missionary-Sending Process by Steve Beirn with George W. Murray
Beirn examines the need within evangelical churches to embrace the role of missionary senders by developing a strong global focus based on his premise that "The one thing the Bible talks about is best described with two words: redemption and missions.... Redemption is God's work of bringing Jesus Christ to a world who needs Him." He goes on to discuss the role of the sending church and the relationship that should be maintained between the sending church and the missions agency.
Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care by Trinity Church Missionary Care Team, David J. Wilson, DMin general editor
Mind the Gaps is an exceptional, practical guide to creating a vibrant missionary care team within a sending church. This book touches on the beginnings of forming a team and formulating a philosophy of ministry as well as discussing how to develop a relationship between the team and your missionaries, how to make connections between your missionaries and your congregation, and how to meet the needs (spiritual, emotional, and practical) of your missionaries. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in developing a missionary care team, this book also has a related website with further resources: www.mindthegaps.org.
Senders: How Your Church Can Identify, Train and Deploy Missionaries by Paul Seger
Seger gives an outstanding, Scripturally-based overview of how to be a missions-minded church by discussing the cost of missions and how a strong missions focus benefits the local church, explaining the role of the missions agency in supporting the local church and things to consider in choosing a missions agency, giving ideas about how to identify and train future missionaries, examining issues surrounding finances and support-raising as well as the importance of prayer support, and presenting thoughts on how to raise awareness of missions in a sending church.
What Pastors Need to Know About Caring for Missionaries by Paracletos - available for free as an e-book download here
This is an excellent, brief introduction to missionary care that gives an explanation of what missionary care is, why it is important, and what the pastor's role is in missionary care.
Missionary Member Care: An Introduction by Ronald Kotesky - available for free as an e-book download here
Kotesky explains what member care is, examines missionary care in the Bible and through church history, describes how to become a member care provider, and provides insight into the how, when, and where of member care along with information about further resources on member care.
Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition edited by William D. Taylor
For those who desire a more in-depth, academic study of the causes of missionary attrition, Too Valuable to Lose provides the results of the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP), a study done from 1994-1996 to identify the causes of missionary attrition and explore solutions, and an analysis of those results with recommendations for best practice in missionary selection, training, and care in order to minimize preventable attrition.
Worth Keeping: Global Perspectives of Best Practice in Missionary Retention by Rob Hay et al
Worth Keeping follows up from Too Valuable to Lose with the findings of Retaining Missionaries: Agency Practices (ReMAP II), a study done from 2002-2004. Shifting focus from reducing preventable attrition to increasing missionary retention, Worth Keeping analyzes which practices can reduce turnover and improve effectiveness of cross-cultural workers.
Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World by Kelly O'Donnell
Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission by Sue Eeningenburg and Robynn Bliss
Tender Care: The Heart and Soul of Caring for God's Scattered Servants by Seabrook Seven of Barnabas International
Missionary Care: Counting the Cost for World Evangelization edited by Kelly O'Donnell - available free online here
Honourably Wounded by Marjory Foyle
The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone
Caring for Missionaries on Furlough by Barnabas International
Helping Missionaries Grow: Reading in Mental Health and Missions edited by Kelly S. O'Donnell and Michele Lewis O'Donnell - available free online here
The Re-entry Team by Neal Pirolo (Available from www.eri.org.)
Evangelical Missions Quarterly - an online magazine on missions
For Further Suggestions:
Member Care Associates has a list of over one hundred books on member care.