Developing Resilience in North American Missionaries: Program Evaluation of CRM’s Adelante Training
Missionary attrition has plagued mission organizations for many decades, and in response, training programs have been developed to bolster resilience and reduce cross-cultural stress in North American missionaries. Program evaluation is essential to identify the effect of participation in these programs. Church Resource Ministries (CRM) operates a week-long, cross-cultural resilience training, Adelante, for North American missionaries in their early years of ministry. The purpose of this program evaluation was guided by a primary research question: Does participants’ engagement in the Adelante training program increase their cross-cultural resilience and adjustment at a six- to nine-month follow-up time? Measures of cross-cultural adjustment, spiritual maturity, and professional quality of life were analyzed to determine whether the program was effective at increasing cross-cultural resilience. Narrative coaching session reports were additionally utilized as cross-referencing qualitative changes of participants’ learned insights and applied skills following Adelante. Results identified strengths and vulnerabilities in the program model and led to relevant recommendations for CRM stakeholders.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Eriksson, Cynthia B.
Missionaries, Resilience, Stress, Pastoral counseling, Cross-cultural orientation