Sharing people in mission : case studies from the Council for World Mission
This work looks at three contemporary issues in personnel sharing in mission using a
case study methodology. The issues are: the value of short-term and long-term
missionary appointments and an examination of the relative strengths and weaknesses
of both kinds of appointment; the method of preparing people for missionary service,
with particular examination of the CWM Training In Mission (TIM) programme; and
the issue of what should happen when a missionary appointment must be terminated
before the contracted period. For each is·sue background material and a case study are
presented followed by a series of questions which form the basis of a group discussion
on the case. Each case was used with a group and the ensuing discussion is reported so
that the reader can gauge if the study has been successful.
The case study method is discussed in some detail since the methodology is crucial to
the presentation of this work. The issues that arise from the whole process are also
treated in a separate chapter, although the purpose of the method is to raise the issues,
more than to give definitive results. Some knowledge about CWM is assumed, although
there are sections which help the reader understand the uniqueness of the organisation.
An underlying assumption throughout the work is that there is still a place for
missionaries in the work of the church today.