MEMBER CARE WEBSITES:
In addition to the resources listed below which are focused more directly on educating and training member care providers, we would encourage all pastors to be aware of the member care organizations that exist to support, encourage, and counsel missionaries in order to be equipped to direct their missionaries to the resources that will be able to meet their individual needs. You can familiarize yourself with these organizations on the 'General Helps' and 'Counseling / Debriefing / Retreats' pages of this website.
Emmaus Road International has a wide variety of resources on missions from preparation for the mission field to caring for missionaries. They publish several books (including Serving as Senders and The Re-entry Team), produce DVDs, offer many different seminars, and have a variety of downloadable resources on their website, accessed under the ERI Resources tab on their website.
Barnabas International "exists to edify, encourage, enrich and strengthen servants in ministry." In keeping with this purpose, they provide debriefing and counseling for missionaries; publish Tender Care, an excellent book on providing pastoral care for cross-cultural workers; and put on several different retreats and conferences, including an MK transition seminar; ELIM Conference (Encouraging Leaders in Ministry); Equiping Women International; and the PTM Conference, an annual conference for member care providers. In addition, they have collected a great deal of information, articles, and forms, available as free downloads, that can be accessed by clicking 'Member Care Toolbox' under the 'Get Resources' tab on their website. They will also travel to missionaries to meet with them and provide needed encouragement and support, and they will supplement the on-field visits with on-line follow-up.
Paracletos "exists to reduce preventable missionary attrition" by helping the local church be more effective in caring for its missionaries. They provide seminars and training to churches to help them understand the needs of missionaries and how to meet those needs. Some key points they address are developing advocate teams, staying connected, and "keeping Christ the focal point to foster endurance."
In addition to direct care for missionaries in the form of debriefing, counseling and training, Caring for Others travels to churches to put on one to three-day workshops on missionary care to help interested individuals learn how to strengthen and encourage missionaries.
Mind the Gaps is a ministry of Trinity Church in Redlands, California, that seeks to "promote the well-being, growth, effectiveness and sustainability of Trinity’s long-term missionaries." They authored the book Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care, and the website supports the book, giving links to organizations and forms referenced in the book. The website also contains further resources in the field of member care, and the organization offers an annual conference on how churches can be involved in the care of their missionaries.
Missionary Care has a wide variety of resources for missionaries available on their website. Of particular note for pastors are the e-book Missionary Member Care: An Introducation, the list of other member care resources under the 'Links' tab, and their database of books and articles on a myriad of missions topics.
In addition to offering debriefing, counseling and intensive support to missionaries, Heartstream Resources runs a three-week course in missionary member care in Liverpool, Pennsylvania.
Located in central England, One Another Ministries International provides training, counseling, and consulting services for missionaries and mission organizations.
Member Care Associates "provide and develop member care resources to support mission and humanitarian personnel around the world." Their website includes book recommendations and links to a wide variety of member care resources.
Link Care Center offers a Monday to Friday seminar every January in Fresno, California on building member care skills.
Interaction International, an organization focused on resources for ministering to Third Culture Kids, offers seminars designed to train personnel working with missionary kids or in missionary kid care.
Mission Training International offers two conferences for member care providers: Member Care Workshop, "a week-long workshop designed to train facilitators in how to guide personal debriefing and renewal as a routine part of any cross-cultural worker's ongoing development," and Mental Health and Missions Conference, an annual conference on mental health and missions primarily for mental health professionals.
TRAIN International offers weekend seminars that "challenge and educate local churches to move to the next level with their current missions strategy and learn how to better care for their missionaries so they may more effectively partner with them on the mission field."
Columbia International University offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Mission Care and Counseling in addition to a wide variety of other degrees in ministry.
Member Care Europe "is committed to working together on behalf of the cross-cultural Christian missions community by helping provide and develop member care resources within/from Europe." They host conferences, training, and retreats, and their website provides information on member care resources.
Narramore Christian Foundation offers an annual conference on counseling and member care, as well as a Christian doctoral program in counseling in Southeast Asia.
Though a sending organization more than a member care organization, Shepherd's Staff Mission Facilitators has a wealth of information on their website under the Resources tab.
Catalyst "helps mission organizations and local churches to expand and improve their global efforts." They help churches develop a global strategy, build a missions leadership team, and prepare members of their congregation for overseas service. Their website has a variety of articles and resources, which includes a list every December of the best missions books of the year.
Mission Resource Network's website contains some excellent articles for local churches on caring well for their missionaries as well as recommendations for further reading on missionary care.