reentry pitfalls

How to Answer: How was your trip?

The point is never to make people feel bad or stupid, but nor should you tuck it in and pretend your experience is irrelevant. How many of you sat in church as a kid and listened with rapture at some missionary talking about their work.

Some of you are on the field because of that. Your words matter. So craft them.

Reentry Got You Blue?

Did you know that connection with other people is not just a preference, but a biological imperative for humans?

Have you been tricked by introvert-extravert theory, thinking you’re fine without meaningful human connection? Well, your nervous system disagrees.

Human beings evolved in tribes of 30-40 people and that wasn’t just occasional lunches or cubicle time, that was around fires, with kids and elders doing friendship, conflict, marriage … all of it.

Raise your hand if you learned, maybe for the first time, how good that feels during your work on the field. Are you home now and surprised by regular depression and anxiety?

Western culture is terrible at meaningful connection now.

And while human culture has evolved at Ferrari speed and behaves like those connections aren’t important anymore, your brain, which evolves at tricycle speed, ain’t buying it.

You’re not crazy - you need your people.

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This is why we created The Gathering - a four-day, unplugged, under-the-stars camp out, in the Tennessee hills, for returned and returning missionaries and global servants.

Approximately 100% of our feedback, from three years of debrief and reentry retreats, includes at least one of the following phrases:

So nice to be with others who get it.

Loved being in community again.

This was so needed. The break. The people. The mountains. Thank you.

Of course The Gathering will deliver cutting-edge reentry training and the best practices of international member care, but first and foremost, we’re putting you all together for the weekend in a quiet Tennessee holler, with falling leaves and scanty cell phone service.

Tickets are on sale now here and the price goes up September 1st. So don’t wait. Also, kids under 16 come free!

If you want to stay looped with The Gathering and all the other interesting reentry stuff simmering on the Intermissionary stove, be sure to drop your email.

Two Reentry Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them.

It's like you've spent five years working in the first century church, where all the believers were together and had everything in common, but then you got off a plane and wound up in the 21st century church, where you see people once a week, exchange a few words (“busy” is usually one of them) and then go eat lunch by yourself.

No wonder that hurts!