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The uniqueness of debriefing

What makes debriefing unique? “Debriefing differs from fellowshipping or just spending time together because it has a specific goal or purpose. The missionaries that are being debriefed and the ones who are debriefing them know that their time together has a...

What is debriefing, and why is it important?

Missionary debriefing is a relational and intentional process that provides an opportunity for a missionary to tell their story–verbally processing past and recent events from their point of view, complete with their emotional responses at the time and since then....

What is debriefing?

The folks at Shepherd’s Staff have posted this definition: Missionary debriefing is a relational and intentional process that provides an opportunity for a missionary to tell their story—by verbally processing past and recent events from their point of view,...

What people like about Recalibrate!

Here is what a couple of previous participants have said about the Recalibrate! program: This week has been a wonderful time of seeing God’s loving hands in our lives…an answer to our prayers for Him to come near and work healing and comfort in our hearts. (J and B)...

Why Recalibrate

Steve Sweatman, president of MTI, posted this about missionary debriefing: “We’ve found it 10 times more effective when debriefing is: 1) done in groups with other ‘home leave’ or ‘returning’ cross-cultural workers not from their...

The reason for debriefing

Life on the mission field is a complex mix of experiences. Good and bad, envigorating and exasperating, praise worthy and regrettable. In words borrowed from Michele Phoenix, one of our facilitators, “their potential to harm can be defused and their capacity to...

The value of debriefing

“A good debrief helps you put your experiences into the context of your life. You can relate those experiences to earlier events in your life and see how God is using them to prepare you for the future.” (Dr. Ronald Koteskey: What Missionaries Ought to...

Why group debriefing?

Missionary life is hard on so many levels. The level of stress that most missionaries live with is literally off the charts for most of their friends and supporters. While friends may be willing to listen to your story up to a point, usually it helps to be able to...

Who needs debriefing?

The short answer is: everyone. Every missionary. Every person who has served in another cultural context for at least one year. Why? Because the most predictable aspect of missionary life is its unpredictability. Change is the status quo. While flexibility is an...