Team Leader Manual
Thank you for your willingness to assume the extremely important servant role of Team Leader as you equip the saints for ministry! Your godly, encouraging pastoral guidance is a key to your Team's effectiveness.
This information is designed to assist you in building Team unity before leaving for Africa and in scheduling essential tasks. We want to provide the best possible experience. Please first become very familiar with the contents of the Africa Christian Training Institute Travel Manual.
A clear line of authority should be present within each Team so that Ugandans will have clear signals from your Team. While delegation is encouraged, overall Team leadership should not be rotated among Team members, particularly when working with Ugandans. You may have to make very difficult decisions while on the field. Consider obtaining the email address of your pastor and/or another godly counselors in case of need.
: (start at least 6 months in advance of departure)
: (1) getting acquainted (2) initiating prayer (3) initiating study of Uganda (4) initiating study of cross-cultural ministry (5) intercessory prayer
: (1) Uganda up-close (2) fund raising procedures (3) distribute essential forms (4) monitor medical preparations (5) intercessory prayer
You will need to obtain short-term trip insurance prior to departure. You may need coverage from more than one company, if some team members do not qualify due to age (read "too old"). Currently we use HTH Travel Insurance, and have found that it is cost effective for its provisions. You can also locate medical facilities in many destinations before departure. Older team members may obtain coverage from New York International Group, which we have also used.
- Intercessory prayer.
(1) collect completed forms and papers (2) monitor medical and fund-raising progress (3) discuss intercultural issues raised by Lingenfelter (4) continue intercessory prayer
(1) Pack all gear except carry-ons (2) policy development as needed (3) checking for essential papers (4) check on medical preparations (5) check on finances, including insurance
Being sick has been the low-point for some short-termers who have gotten sick from mostly intestinal difficulties. We try to take full preventive medical precautions, but cannot claim to keep people from all illness. Ask Team members to ask their prayer supporters to pray against sickness for all the Team, and to have those supporters pray DAILY for their ministry in Uganda.
(1) provide closure to the trip (2) share reflections, experiences and lessons learned on the trip (3) assure that donors have been given a report and thanks (4) plan for church preparations (5) intercession for Uganda
As Team leader, you will have to address inappropriate thinking and behavior as it may arise, both in training and on the field. Selfishness, failure to attend meetings and to prepare assignments, a poor attitude,and failure to submit to your proper leadership here in America will be far more difficult to handle in Africa. Consider all Team members on probation before the trip. Unless a Team member is willing to pay the extra cost to change flights and to pay for the extra transportation costs that might be involved, s/he will need to stay until the Team departs, as scheduled. A poor attitude on the field has discouraged other Team members, and works to destroy the Team testimony before Ugandans. Team members will need to prepare their teaching, messages and conferences arriving in Uganda, since preparation time is very limited, and even lighting may not be available for such work. Using 8.5" by 11" page protectors for teaching has proven very useful. You may help Team members by asking to see their teaching materials before departure.
On the Field
Selected Bibliography: * indicates strong recommendation
*Allen, Roland. 1927. Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? London: World Dominion Press
Anderson, Courtney, The golden shore (Adoniram Judson)
Andrew, Brother. Battle for Africa
Andrew, Brother, God's Smuggler
*Aroney-Sine, Christine. Survival of the Fittest:Keeping yourself healthy in travel and service overseas. ISBN: 0-912552-88-3 MARC
The life and diary of David Brainerd
*Bonk, Jonathan J., 1991. Mission and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. American Missiological Society Series #15.
Buckingham, Jamie. Into the Glory (jungle aviation)
Cheyne, John R. Incarnational Agents: A guide to developmental ministry. MARC
Davis, Raymond. The Winds of God. SIM Ethiopia. 1984.
*Eaton, Chris. Vacations with a purpose. Team member's manual: a handbook for your short-term missions experience. NavPress. l991.
Elliot, Elisabeth. Shadow of the Almighty: the life & testament of Jim Elliot
Elliot, Elisabeth. The savage my kinsman.
Elliot, Elisabeth. Through gates of splendor.
Elliot, Jim. The journals of Jim Elliot.
*Elmer, Duane. 1993. Cross-cultural conflict: Building relationships for effective ministry. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
Eshleman, Paul. "I just saw Jesus" (Motion pictures in evangelistic work.)
Eshleman, Paul. "The touch of Jesus". " " ' "
Evangelical Missions Quarterly
Estes, Steve. Called to die. The story of linguist Chet Bitterman, slain by terrorists
Gehman, Richard. Let my heart be broken. Bob Pierce. World Vision.
Goricheva, Tatiana, Talking about God is dangerous (diary of Russian dissident)
*Grigg, Viv. 1990. Companion to the poor: Christ in the urban slums. Rev. ed. Monrovia, Cal.: MARC. ISBN 0-912552-69.
Grubb, Norman, C.T. Studd
Guth, Charles.comp. Escape to the jungle. SIM missionary stories.
Harrison, Eugene Myers. Giants of the missionary trail.
Hefley, James c. God's tribesman; the Rochunga Pudaite story.
Hiebert, Paul. 1983. Cultural Anthropology. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House. ISBN: 0-8010-4273-9
Hiebert, Paul G. 1985. Anthropological insights for missionaries
*Hiebert, Paul. 1994. Anthropological reflections on missionary issues. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.
Hilfiker, David. 1994. Not all of us are saints: A doctor's journey with the poor. New York, N.Y.: Hill and Wang.
Horne, Shirley. An hour to the stone age. 1973. New Guinea people.
*Howard, David M., What Makes a Missionary, ISBN: 0-8024-5204-3
Inglehart, Charles. Cross and crisis in Japan.
*Johnstone, Patrick. Operation world: a day-by -day guide to praying for the world. 1993.
*Kinoti, George. 1994. Hope for Africa and what the Christian can do. Nairobi: Aisred. ISBN: 9966-9922-0-0
*Kohls, L. Robert. 1984. Survival Kit for Overseas Living: For Americans Planning to Live Abroad. Second ed. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press. ISBN: 0-933662-59-9
Kuhn, Isobel. Green Leaf in drought-time (China)
Kuhn, Isobel, In the arena
Kyle, John. comp. The Unfinished Task.(Perspectives on the unfinished task - David Bryant)
Lamb, David. 1987 ed. The Africans. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN: 0-394-75308-9
Larkin, William J. and Joel F. Willians, eds. Mission in the New Testament: An evangelical approach. MARC
Lindsell, Harold. Missionary principles and practice. 1955.
*Lingenfelter, Sherwood. Ministering Cross-culturally 1986.
*Miller, Basil, George Muller
Miller, Basil, Praying Hyde
Miller, Basil. Ten famous missionaries.
Miller, Basil, William Carey
*Museveni, President Yoweri. 1997. Sowing the mustard seed, Macmillan, ISBN: 0-333-64234-1
Myers, Rryant L. The New Context of World Mission. MARC. ISBN: 1-887983-00-7, $8.95
*Nida, Eugene A. Customs and Cultures. 1954. New York: Harper and Row Publishers.
*Nevius, John The planting and development of missionary churches.
*Olson, Bruce. Bruchko. (updated version on the book above)
*Packer, J.I. 1991. Evangelism and the sovereignty of God. Downer's Grove, Il.: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-8308-1339-X. [Short—tremendous!]
*Packer, J.I. 1993. Knowing God. 20 anniv. ed. Downer's Grove, Il.: InterVarsity ISBN 083-081-650-X.
Piggin, Stuart. 1985.The St. Andrews seven.
Pollock, John Charles. A foreign devil in China: the story of Dr. Nelson.
Richardson, Donald Charles. Lords of the earth (Papuan people; Indonesia)
Richardson, Donald Charles. Eternity in their hearts.
Richardson, Don. Peace Child. Indonesia
Robinson, Paul. A vision with wings. 1992. Aeronautics in miss. work.
Roddy, Lee. On wings of love. MAF Biog.
Sargunam, M. Ezra. Mission mandate. 1992. India.
Scott, Jack. Missions, a family affair. A study of Biblical missions.
*Schaeffer, Francis A. 1971. True spirituality. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Pub. ISBN 8423-7351-9. (Schaeffer's works generally)
*Sempangi,Kefa. 1979. A distant grief. Ventura, Cal.: Regal Books. ISBN: 0-8307-0684-4
Siewert, John A. and Edna G. Valdez. Mission Handbook 1998-2000: A guide to US and Canadian Christian ministries overseas. ISBN: 1-887983-02-3, MARC
Sider, Ronald J. 1994. Cup of water, bread of life: Inspiring stories about overcoming lopsided Christianity.
Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publ. House.
*Smith, Donald K. 1992. Creating understanding: A handbook for Christian communication across cultural landscapes. Zondervan, Academic Books.
*Storti, Craig. 1990. The art of crossing cultures. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, Inc. (POB 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096).
Stott, John R.W., Christian Mission in the Modern World, ISBN 0-87784-485-2
Swift, Catherine, Eric Liddell
Taylor, Howard, Mrs. John and Betty Stam.
*Tucker, Ruth. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: a biographical history of Christian missions.
*VanCise, Martha. Successful Mission Teams: A guide for volunteers. MARC
Van Engen, Charles and Jude Tiersma, eds. 1994. God so loves the city: Seeking a theology for urban mission. Monrovia, Cal.: MARC. ISBN 0-912552-86-7.
Walker, Clarence. 1992. Biblical counseling with African-Americans: Taking a ride on the Ethiopian's chariot. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House.
Walker, Deaville, William Carey
*Ward, Ted. 1984. Living Overseas: A Book of Preparations. New York, N.Y.: The Free Press. ISBN: 0-02-933940-5
Winter, Bruce W. 1994. Seek the welfare of the city: Christians as benefactors and citizens (First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman world, Vol. One). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Pub. Co. pb
*Winter, Ralph D. and Steven C. Hawthorne, eds., Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, Rev. Ed. 1992. Pasadena, Cal.: William Carey Library. ISBN: 0-87808-228-X
Jim Sutherland 8/23/13