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Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability


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Jonathan J. Bonk is Research Professor of Mission at Boston University, President of the GMLF, and has been actively involved with the KGMLF since its inception.

J. Nelson Jennings has served as Mission Pastor, Consultant, and International Liaison for Onnuri Church since 2015. Jinbong Kim has served as Coordinator for the Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum since 2008 and Managing Director of the Global Mission Leadership Forum. Jae Hoon Lee is Senior Pastor of Onnuri Church and Chair of the Korea Lausanne Committee.


The mental health issues of missionaries are a topic that rightfully deserves our attention for missions in the twenty-first century. This publication sheds light on the dark and morbid problems hidden behind the heroic accomplishments far beyond our expectations. Both the missionary and the church communities will find the candid discussions and the alternatives presented herein vitally indispensable. The comprehensive and professional resources contained in this book unravel an inconvenient truth of missions in our time. All churches that are committed to missions should consult this publication. Kyu Sam Han senior pastor, Choong Hyun Church, Korea I commend the publication of these honest reflections. This book is an essential resource for leaders of denominations, churches, and mission agencies as they wrestle with the significant challenges of sharing the Good News of Jesus across cultures in the twentyfirst century. Malcolm McGregor former SIM international director 2003-2013 currently, seconded to Langham Scholars as Associate Director for Scholar Care This collection of essays offers a fresh--and much needed--appraisal of the challenges of intercultural Christian ministry, especially in terms of the psychological and interpersonal challenges that arise. Of special value are the papers dealing with the phenomenal rise and expansion of Korean cross-cultural ministry the past four decades. One hopes this model of ministry will grow as a fruit and witness of the global body of Christ. Wilbert R. Shenk Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies These essays call the church to a new level of "best practices" regarding how we screen candidates for missionary service, the support systems at home and abroad which surround the missionary, the intentional provision for space, self-reflection and renewal, as well as ongoing pastoral care for missionaries and their families. This book may challenge our conceptions of what it is like to actually serve as a missionary, but it will be a "balm of Gilead" for those whom we have entrusted with that sacred work to make Christ known among the nations. Timothy C. Tennent, PhD president, Asbury Theological Seminary

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