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Encountering Missionary Life and Work


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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Changing Scene
1. Remember the Past
2. Understanding Key Ideas and Terms
Part 2: Home-Front Preparations
3. Decision Making and the Will of God
4. Spiritual Formation
5. Personal Readiness
6. Ministry Readiness
7. Avenues to Cross-Cultural Ministries
8. Finding Your Niche
9. Getting Going
Part 3: On-Field Preparations
10. What Is Culture?
11. At Home in the Culture
12. Culture and Language Acquisition
Part 4: Missionaries and Their Lives
13. Women in Missions
14. Missionary Families
15. Crises in Missions
16. Reentry
17. What's Next?

About the Author

Tom Steffen (DMiss, Biola University) is professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the doctor of missiology program. He served as a missionary for twenty years in Southeast Asia. Lois McKinney Douglas (PhD, Michigan State University) is professor emerita of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served as a missionary for twenty-three years with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society.

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