Training Missionaries: Principles and Possibilities by Evelyn and Richard Hibbert
Evelyn Hibbert & Richard Hibbert, Training Missionaries: Principles and Possibilities, William Carey Library, 2016.
Missionaries must know God, be able to relate well to other people, understand and engage with another culture, and be able to use the Bible in a way that informs all aspects of their lives and ministries. Missionary training must address each of these areas if it is to help Christians to be effective in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Effective training has been shown to prevent people from prematurely leaving the field. It also reduces the danger of cross-cultural workers uncritically exporting culturally bound forms of Christianity. This book details four key areas that every missionary training program, whatever its context, must focus on developing. It shows how these can be holistically addressed in a learning community where trainers and trainees engage in cross-cultural ministry together.
About the authors: Evelyn and Richard are married to each other. Evelyn Hibbert is the Academic Dean of Booth College, Sydney. Richard Hibbert is Senior Lecturer – Missions and Director of the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (ACT affiliated).