Missionary Financial Support Following the Rules (Webinar)
The Mission Stream: Headwaters
Language and Culture Acquisition
Pastor Jeff Jackson interviews missionary Ben Spector with a focus on the importance of language and culture acquisition for missionaries. They discuss the dilemma of feeling the need to speed the ministry along resulting in viewing culture and language as obstacles to get over instead of actual ministry. Learn more...Listen
Why Pre-Field Missionary Training?
We consider pre-field missionary training and preparation among the greatest investments a home church and missionary can make. Its why it was an honor to have Brian Gibson from Train International, in the Shepherd’s Staff office. Train is an excellent ministry offering great pre-field preparation, language acquisition, and debriefing courses. Read more...Read
Meeting what missionaries claim is their “greatest” need
Have you ever asked a missionary how you can be of help to them and their ministry?
If you did pose that very common question to them, even though I’m not a prophet–and didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, I’m fairly certain that they told you their most important need was for PRAYER. Read more...Read
Why Short-Term Missions?
An estimated 1.6 million North American Christians will go on a short-term mission this year. They will spend close to $2-billion in the process. That is a lot of time, treasure and talent being invested by the goers, senders and receivers of those teams, so it seems good to explore why we send and receive them. Read more...Read
Security and contingency planning for missionaries and their home churches is often only thought of in the time of crisis. Shepherd’s Staff manager of ministry security and risk management gives some practical advice about why now may be the time to consider contingency plans and safety practices. Read more...Read
If relocating within the United States is stressful...
In the same sense that understanding more and more of what those who serve in the military actually experience usually increases our respect for them, our desire to pray for them, and our desire to help them in practical ways, I’ve discovered the same thing is true in regards to missionaries. Read more...Read
A crucial lesson learned from atop the “pedestal”
Many years ago, when my family and I were “in the chute” on our way to the mission field of the Central Philippines, an interesting and uncomfortable change of perspective took place in many of our Christian friends and church members.
They began talking about us and treating us as if we were some kind of “super” Christians that deserved to be placed on a pedestal. Read more...Read