WHAT I'M SEEING... ON BURNT-OUT MISSIONARIES
by Dermot Westcott
In the following articles, I will be giving our readers some insight into my findings on Missionary Attrition as I discover them from my various readings taken from two surveys conducted by the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission (WEA).
Early on in my readings of the Remap 1 report, I found myself looking up the word “attrition”. Of course most of our readers probably know the definition but for the few of you like me who are somewhat limited in our vocabulary, here is the definition according to dictionary.com.
- a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength.
- a wearing down or weakening of resistance, esp. as a result of continuous pressure or harassment.
- a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced.
Sorry, I don't mean to beat the definition to death but we just need to get that point. The way I figure it, nutrition is the opposite of attrition. One nurtures and provides sustenance and growth; the other slowly starves one to death. ReMap 1, from my point of view, successfully addresses the reasons this is such a serious problem in the world of missionaries worldwide.
The issues that contribute to attrition are complex. Too complex to identify a simple solution that will fix all those
affected by it's sting. For my purposes, I will be addressing the seven top reasons for attrition that was identified in the report, and hopefully during the course, shed some light on what you and I can pray about.
Seven Areas of Attrition:
- a clear call from God
- poor relationships
- supportive family
- spiritual health
- cultural adaptation
- pastoral care
- financial provision
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