Ministry is a hazardous occupation! It exposes one to the deepest needs of humanity, many of which seemingly can never be met. Along with sharing in many life joys, a person in ministry also gains the dubious privilege of dealing with all the “uglies” of human nature, the muck of erring and sinning disciples, the heartbreaking consequences and crises of God’s law broken.
We can categorize the predominant needs and issues arising from cross-cultural work by relating them to these three areas, as rings of adaptation: 1) the self, 2) the external stress factors lying between the self and the cosmos, and 3) the spiritual world.
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