Mark Brazle, Director for Missionary Care, has experience as a "Missionary Kid," as a Missionary (with his wife in Belgium for 16 years), and now as a Parent of Missionaries.
Dorris Schulz, Ph.D., Co-Director for Missionary Care, a 15-year veteran of missionary service in the Netherlands and former Professor of Psychology and Family Studies, and Director of Counseling Services, York College in Nebraska.
Dale Hawley, Ph.D., Associate Director of Missionary Care, is an Associate Professor of Family Science and Family Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and serves with Mission Resource Network as Associate Director for Missionary Care.
Mark, Dottie, and Dale are aided by a nationwide advisory panel of mental health providers.
Before You Go
There are particular emotional and spiritual strengths that will help you succeed in living in another culture. To ensure that you have the strengths to excel in working cross-culturally we will prayerfully assess your emotional and spiritual health and assist you in further preparation. You may be a member of a mission team, and we strongly encourage such partnerships in missions. "A chord of three strands is not easily broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12). We can increase your team's effectiveness by guiding you through interpersonal dynamics, conflict resolution, and roles discovery.
- Candidate Application Profile
- Assessment Instruments
- Why Psychological Assessment of Candidates is Necessary
- Identification of Candidate's Gifts and Their Roles on the Team
- Group Dynamics Workshop
- Workshop for Extended Families
- National Network for Parents of Missionaries
- Articles and Bibliographies
- Selected References for Parents of Missionaries
Identification of Candidate's Gifts and Their Roles on the Team
The Lord has endowed you with with skills to contribute to the movement of the Body of Christ. Your effectiveness and peace on the field will be enhanced by identifying some of your abilities and roles on the team before leaving for the field.
Group Dynamics Workshop
Research shows that the chief problem missionaries, like you, face is their relationship with coworkers. This workshop provides a way for you or your team to discover potential problems and resolutions.
Workshop for the Extended Families
How hard was it for Eunice and Lois to see Timothy leave with Paul (Acts 16)? Scripture doesn't say, but when your family watches you depart for the field, they will know how Timothy's parents felt. This workshop ministers to the extended families by answering their questions and allaying their fears.
Articles and Bibliographies
Assessment Tools for Missionary Care , Dr. Steve Allison
Choosing the Right Missionary Bob Waldron
Begin With the Right People Brian Gibbs
Ethical Standards for Missionary Assessment
Selection, Training, Member Care & Professional Ethics:
Choosing the Right People & Caring for Them with Integrity
Missionary Care: An Annotated Bibliography
Selective References for Parents of Missionaries
Ten Benefits of Being a Parent of Missionaries
Good Parent of Missionary Relationships with Adult Children
How to Pray for Parents of Missionaries
Parents of Missionaries Can Grandparent Great Cross the Miles
Ten Tips for Parents of Missionaries to Get Through the Holidays
Why Do Missionary Care