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Survey missionary career transitions upon reentry

Survey missionary career transitions upon reentry
When I returned from West Africa in 2006, I was also surprised to find that this topic was seldom addressed in research on missionary reentry.  As part of a Doctor of Ministry course that I was taking at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I conducted a survey of returned Church of Christ missionaries to learn more about their career transition experiences.  Missions Resource Network has posted the results of this research on their web site in two forms -- one is a little bit of a easier read, the other is the full academic paper that I presented to Trinity.  That paper has extensive appendixes with the raw data, response  narratives, and statistical tables.  (A friend who has a PhD in statistics did those for me.)
If you are interested in looking at the research, you may go to http://www.mrnet.org/library.cfm, click on "Missionary Care" and then on "Reentry."  The more general article is called "A Season of Transition for Returned Missionaries," and the academic paper is called "Career Transitions of Former Church of Christ Missionaries."
 I hope that this is somewhat helpful to you, and that you are able to uncover or conduct additional research and information on this important topic

Posted By: Anthony Parker on Apr 01, 2010 02:03AM

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