What happens when being radical for God brings you to the edge of disaster? When Kay Bruner and her husband, Andy, took their young family to live on an island in the South Pacific, she found the purposeful, adventurous life she’d hoped for—along with isolated living, dangerous sea travel, tropical illnesses, and a floundering marriage. As they worked on a Bible translation project with a local language group, Kay sank into burnout and depression while Andy medicated his stress with a pornography addiction. Bringing life back from the brink required a radical reinvention of life, from a ministry and marriage built on high performance and spiritual heroism, to a nourishing daily walk of grace, freedom, and intimate connection. This is a story about going to extremes for spiritual acceptability and failing dismally, only to find that love and grace transcend failure. For anyone who’s ever asked, “When will I be good enough for love?” This book resoundingly answers: “Right now. You are loved, right this minute, in this mess.” While few of us will live on a tiny island in the South Pacific, many of us will find hope and healing in this story of a painful fall into the arms of love.
Healthy Resilient & Effective in Cross Cultural Ministry
Laura Mae Gardner
A Comprehensive Member Care Plan
Why another book on Missionary Care? Anything unique about it? We think so. This book reflects the scope of work that Dick and I have done throughout our 57 years of ministry with Wycliffe and SIL- and serving many other mission organizations. We were involved in screening and selection of workers, training, field work (translation and literacy), administration and leadership. Additionally we earned four graduate degrees in psychology and counselling. I believe this convergence of the roles of leadership, administrator, academic and reflective practitioner has given us unique insights into life as a cross-cultural worker, care-giver and trainer. We discuss a rationale for member care, specific challenges that will face leaders and care-givers amongst other topics. Another unique aspect of this book is its Asian flavor. Originally prepared in Indonesian, it reflects input from many Asian friends. We are not aware of another missions-related book that brings together in a single volume the administrative side with the development and delivery of care. We pray it will bring glory to God because of its usefulness and experience-based concepts.
Rhythms of Grace emerges from a personal exploration of contemplative spirituality. Coming from an evangelical and charismatic background, Tony Horsfall felt an increasing desire to know God more deeply. At the same time, he felt an increasing dissatisfaction with his own spiritual life, as well as concern at the number of highly qualified and gifted people involved in Christian ministry who experience burn-out. In this book he shows how contemplative spirituality, with its emphasis on realising our identity as God's beloved children and on being rather than doing, has vital lessons for us about discovering intimacy with God. Check out our event on self-care with Tony.
Exhaustion, burnout, tiredness, even breakdown... sadly, such conditions are all too common these days, not least among those involved in some kind of Christian ministry, whether full-time, part-time or voluntary. In striving to do our utmost for God, we can easily forget that there were many times when Jesus himself was willing to rest, to do nothing except wait for the Spirit's prompting, so that he demonstrated the vital principle of 'working from a place of rest'. Check out our event on self-care with Tony.
Powerful Leadership Skills for Solving Problems, Reaching Goals, and Developing Others
Do you have the leadership skills you need to solve problems, reach goals, and develop others?
The COACH Model® is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than providing answers, ask questions that draw out what God has already put into others. Learn how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their own problems, reach goals, and develop leadership skills in the process.
Whether you are working with employees, teenagers, or a colleague living in another city, you’ll find powerful tools and techniques you need to increase your leadership effectiveness.
Culturally Intelligent Coaching for Missions and Ministry
Great coaching skills aren't enough to achieve great outcomes cross-culturally. Neglecting to adapt to the increasing cultural diversity of those we serve is like refusing to switch from driving on the right side in North America, to driving on the left in India: unsatisfying outcomes will result! Written by a master coach with a decade of cross-cultural coaching and training experience, Dancing between Cultures is loaded with stories, tips and real-life situations designed to help you implement practical faith-based strategies for culturally intelligent coaching. Understanding and adapting to culture is a foundational skill for the twenty-first-century coach. Dancing between Cultures is an essential guidebook on your journey to transformational conversations across cultures.