China Member Care
Welcome to China Member Care!
Welcome to China Member Care!
为得胜而奔 : 华夏同工资源文集
"Over the last several years, a special ministry, really a movement, has developed around the world which we call member care. This ministry did not develop easily. It was often through crises, mistakes, and failure that we began to realise that Christian workers needed quality support in order to help them in their challenging tasks. At first many of us thought that we were being unspiritual or weak, and not trusting the Lord enough. But we were overlooking our own humanness, sometimes trying to be something that we were not created or called to be. We began to realise our Biblical need for one another—as seen in the dozens of “one another” verses in the New Testament (e.g., Hebrews 3:13; I John 4:7,8). We began to understand that the issue was not so much a lack of faith, but rather our need to clearly see God’s plan and His provision of care....
Member care therefore, is not about creating a comfortable lifestyle. Not is it about trusting people rather than trusting the Lord. Rather, it is about further developing the resiliency and godliness to do our work well. We want to balance the realistic demands of suffering and sacrifice with the realistic needs for support and nurture in our lives. We can pray for stronger backs to endure, yet at times we must also find ways to lighten the load of ourselves and our colleagues. The call to take up our cross daily is also understood in light of the fact that we are to support each other as we bear our crosses together. And in light of the reminder from the Lord to come to Him for refreshment, as His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)...."
Member Care Websites
1. China-Asia Member Care Projects (CHAMP)
Running to Win: Resources for Chinese Workers
2. Chinese Cross-Cultural Workers
An online resource toolbox to support the well-being of Chinese Cross-Cultural Workers worldwide.
A window into Christianity in China and the key issues that impact the church.
--Nine Best Practices for Chinese Sending Organizations
--Church-Based Models for Chinese Sending Organizations
--See also the blog series: Missions from China: A Maturing Movement
Chinese Mission Experiences: A Step Towards A Contextualized Member Care Model (March 2020)
Based on interviews with 25 Chinese mission workers."随着中国教会和宣教士跨文化宣教活动的日益活跃和深入，中国宣教士的精神健康、心理 健康、身体健康和人际关系健康越来越受到重视。本研究的目的在于瞭解中国宣教人员 对会员关怀的需求。本研究从系统的角度探讨中国宣教士对会员关怀的需求。25名参与者 接受了采访。采用扎根理论方法，分初始编码、聚焦编码和理论编码三个步骤对数据进行 分析。从这项研究中得出的核心发现是：中国宣教士在四个相互作用的生态系统中的经历 揭示了发展中国宣教士关怀模式的必要性。这四个系统分别是：（1）生态系统，它由时 间系统构成，是指中国宣教所处的发展阶段; （2）宏观体系，即中国文化; （3）外系统 ，即宣教士工作的跨文化环境; 最后是中系统，也就是宣教士，派遣教会，和宣教机构之间的相互作用。这四个系统在一个相互影响的过程中相互作用，从他们的相互作用能看到发展处中国宣教士关怀模式的必要性，从而使中国宣教和宣教士能够健康和发展。本研究 通过后设架构图来检查不同系统之间的相互作用是如何影响参与者对会员关怀的需求的理 解。这一模式有助于教会、宣教机构和宣教士了解他们之间的互动以及他们与环境的互动如何影响中国跨文化宣教士对成员关怀的 知。本研究也为有兴趣发展适合中国宣教士关怀模式的学者提出了新的角度."
"With the growing enthusiasm and involvement of Chinese churches and missionaries for cross-cultural missions, more and more attention has been paid to the Chinese cross-cultural missionaries’ spiritual, psychological, physical, and relational wellness. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to understand and explain Chinese missionaries’ member care needs. This study explored Chinese missionaries’ member care needs from a systems perspective. Twenty-five participants were interviewed. Grounded theory methods were used to analyze the data using three steps of coding: initial coding, focused coding, and theoretical coding. The central understanding to emerge from this study is that Chinese missionaries’ experiences in four interacting ecological systems revealed the need for a Chinese model of member care. The ecological system is composed of the chronosystem, meaning the current developmental stage of Chinese mission; the macrosystem, meaning Chinese culture from which missionaries originate; the exosystem, meaning the cross-cultural setting in which missionaries work; and finally, the mesosystem, meaning the interactions between missionaries, sending churches, and mission agencies. All four layers of the environment interact in a mutually influential process and result in a need for a Chinese model of member care to enable Chinese missionaries to flourish. A metaframework was introduced to examine how the interactions between various systems impact the participants’ understanding of member care needs. This model is useful in helping churches, mission agencies, and missionaries to understand how the interactions between them and their interaction with the environment impact the Chinese cross-cultural missionary’s perception of member care. This study also makes unique contributions to the scholars who are interested in developing the appropriate member care models for Chinese missionaries."
Note: You can access a six page summary of the above dissertation along with the recommendations and the member care model HERE (in Simplified Chinese and English).
Honor-Shame Culture and Its Impact on Chinese Mission Worker Retention and Attrition (December 2020)
“Pre-field training and on-field member care that equips missionaries with a cross-cultural education that is indigenous to the Chinese Christian and contextualized to his or her chosen host culture will serve to set up these individuals desiring to do God’s will for long-term success. My hope in the Chinese church is firmly placed upon the power of Christ and the wisdom of His Holy Spirit that has been placed in the hearts of His missional church scattered across the globe. My prayer for the Chinese church is that 2050 is a date that will be proven far too late and that faithful servants will be sent faster and more effectively than the statisticians ever anticipated.” (excerpt from the Conclusion, p. 77)