The Role of Spiritual Development in the Cross-Cultural Reentry Adjustment of Missionaries

Volume
Volume 40
Issue
Fall 2012
Title
The Role of Spiritual Development in the Cross-Cultural Reentry Adjustment of Missionaries
Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between spiritual development and cultural reentry adjustment in a group of missionaries. One hundred and two missionaries completed a questionnaire that correlated the Spiritual Assessment Inventory (SAI) with five cultural adaptation and transition scales. The study found significant relationship between the Reentry Distress Scale and the SAI Disappointment and Instability scales. There was also a significant relationship between the SAI Awareness scale and the Transition Change Scale.Me study also explored the relationship between reentry distress and calling, regularly practicing spiritual disciplines, and returning home to a supportive community. The implications of the study are discussed in relation to missionaries, mission agencies, and local churches in order to provide meaningful care for missionaries during cross-cultural transitions.

Author
Dr. T. Kimber
Pages
211 - 219
Price
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