Member Care

1) Great Member Care Resources

MemberCareWow. Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, with website at…

wrote this past week with a virtual cornucopia of member care recourses. I was completely bowled over by how far the “industry” had come in the last 20 years. Take a look:

First, grab the PDF copy of their list of 100+ member care books and resources at…

Then take a look at these other resources:

*Member care database indexed at Mental Health Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers

*E-books/materials from Missionary Care

*Media materials available at Member Care Media

*Member care-related books for sale: William Carey Library Publishers

Mission Training International

Society for Human Resource Management

People in Aid

Headington Institute (e.g., training modules;

Families in Global Transition

Intercultural Press

Bibliography of articles from the 1960s-1987 in Helping Missionaries Grow (1988, Appendix)

Partial listing of materials in other languages

Member Care: 50 Years-50 Quotes (1964-2013)

Materials at Global MCA from different sectors and relevant for member care and mission/aid (see “Vol 2 Resources” and “Vol 2 Updates”)

Materials on Brigada (search “member care” and “books”,

(They get extra thanks for pointing their friends and readers to this last resource!!! :-) )

3) Visit a Missionary-Focused Retreat Center Next Trip to USA

CabinEdenRidge, a missionary retreat center, welcomed over 300 missionaries in 2013. This missionary-focused facility is gearing up for a great year and invites missionaries from around the world who may be on furlough this year to visit. EdenRidge is located on the Cumberland Plateau about an hour West of Knoxville. For more information or to make a reservation please visit


If you have any questions about EdenRidge please email them at restatedenridgedotorg.

5) Music and Bible Resources Free for Field Workers

MfM is an organization that seeks to bless and encourage Field Workers, especially those in isolated or difficult locations. MfM sends its resources without charge to any field worker who applies. They offer a range of praise-worship style CDs sent by snail-mail or secure download from their password-protected website…

The secure website also offers a range of ebooks (some also as eReader files) for Bible study or as teaching or preaching resources. All MfM offers are available without charge to any Field Worker who applies. Contact PaulGatmfm4udotcom for further information.

10) Global Member Care Book has Gone eBook

member care kindle editionThat’s right… Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell’s book, Global Member Care: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity, has made the jump to a Kindle edition. See it at…

This is the second volume in the Global Member Care series. It “encourages readers to connect and contribute to various international sectors on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. The book’s 35 chapters include a wealth of practical resources: guidelines, codes, resolutions, perspectives, principles, case examples, videos links, human rights instruments, and more.” Highly recommended.

9) New Global Member Care Book Hits the Shelves

MemberCare_Cover_web_174_256If you’re like I am, any time you see a new book on the shelves by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, you stop and take note… and maybe buy it on the spot. Well guess what: It’s here, just in time for Christmas. “Global Member Care: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity,” encourages readers to connect and contribute to various international sectors on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. The book’s 35 chapters include a wealth of practical resources: guidelines, codes, resolutions, perspectives, principles, case examples, videos links, human rights instruments, and more. At the very least, if you’re a practitioner of member care, you’ll probably want to see this book soon. Find it here…

7) If You’re Involved in a Long-Distance Dating Relationship…

51J9UQ6y3+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-57,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell recently recommended the book, “201 Discussion Questions for Couples in Long Distance Relationships.” My hunch is — there are probably a lot more of these in the world of cross-cultural missions than the norm. Priced at $2.99 (Kindle version) at Amazon,

This is one you’ll probably want to try. Lots of great conversation-starters, sure to help you get to know (and prepare to love) your new mate. (Thanks Kelly and Michèle!)



6) Help with Loss When You’re Far from Home

Missionaries experience lots of it – loss of friends, support network, all that is familiar to them, even a loss of sense of self. If left unrecognized and unprocessed, it can affect us in body, heart and spirit, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression. It is a large reason so many missionaries are surviving rather than thriving. Care Port Counseling can help to process such losses, to help restore vision and hope. It’s a low cost, online counseling resource available to help missionaries, wherever they may be. Check it out at

1) Thriving in Cross-Cultural Ministry (the Book)

thriving in cross cultural ministry It’s a 2011 book by Carissa Alma, who personally ministered cross-culturally and lived to tell about it. :-) See her book at …

Jenny, who really “gets” Team Expansion’s strategy of “every-member-gives-member-care-to-every-other-member” recommended this book to us recently and it’s likely worth the read. Maybe it’s worth the read for all your new recruits? (Thanks Jenny.)



2) Here are 23 Things to Know Before Going to the Mission Field

oamembersI loved this summary article by our good friends at Oscar, “the UK information service for world mission.”

It’s basically a quick summary of lots of opinion pieces from the Oscar Online Community. The items fall under the main headings of Preparation, Settling in and being effective in your new country, Spiritual Development, Relationships, and Coming Home. Good stuff. (Thanks for this referral as well, Jenny!)

11) “Resources for Good Practice” Gives Member Care Tips

I’m liking Kelly and Michele O’Donnell’s member care newsletter. To read the Sept. edition in detail, simply view it at

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Just view it there, read it, then, if you like what you’re seeing, sign up for this helpful guide here…

9) Use This Tool with a Family that Has Experienced Loss

Say someone in your org or church has undergone loss and is now experiencing the associated grief. You might be able to help them process that quest by using this tool…

It comes highly recommended to us by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell (Thanks Kelly and Michèle!) According to the O’Donnells, “It creatively tells the story of a person who is dealing with a major loss via the metaphor of making soup and comes in three formats: book, DVD (17 minutes), and Power Point. The book is written simply with full-page illustrations to complement the many principles and ‘ingredients’ described (also in Spanish). We have found that people from many backgrounds and both young and old are able to ‘savor’ this story and easily apply it to their own soup making process.”

1) Missionary Member Care: An Introduction: Free Download

member care

The 17 chapters of this 160-page e-book give an overview of member care for those interested in providing it or in receiving it. Though it is written for missionaries, it is also appropriate for use in an introductory university course in member care because it contains hundreds of links to primary sources of information. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

6) Free Report on ” The State of HR”

The editors at People in Aid wrote, “If you work in the humanitarian and development sector, you need to read this paper. We have made it short and easy to read so that everyone can benefit from the insights into the current trends in HR and people management. The report encourages you to think about what might be needed to transform and prepare your organization for what lies around the corner.” See the full report for free at…

It’s a brand new release, passed along to us by Kelly O’Donnell at…

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