MEMBER CARE ASSOCIATES
RESOURCES FOR WELLBEING AND EFFECTIVENESS
Supporting Your Work in Member Care and Mission
Global Integrity Day, 9 June 2020: Moral Lives Matter
Wellbeing for All Persons/Peoples and the Planet
“We are pro-integrity and anti-corruption”
Moral care is part of member care. There is no health without moral health.
We are launching the first Global Integrity Day, commemorating it on 9 June 2020 and throughout this year. This special, annual day is something which we have been calling for since December 2016, to ‘shine the global spotlight on moral health for a more-whole world’ (see Global Integration Update, January 2019). It is both a positive day an a solemn day to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year. It is a day to promote: a) cultivating lifestyles of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) working together to address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) collaborating for just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all persons/peoples and for the planet. We hope in due course that it will be designated both as a new United Nations International Day and as a companion day to the already designated International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December).
Staying the Course in Global Member Care
Protracted pandemics–pervasive problems…and beyond
Member Care Update, July 2020
–Missions in the Age of Coronavirus
Mission Frontiers,July/August 2020
—Global Transmission–Global Mission: The Impact and Implications of COVID-19
Jason Mandryk, Operation World (June 2020)
Managing Stress and COVID-Distress
Faith-based and faith-sensitive resources
Member Care Update, June 2020
Confronting COVID-19: “Don’t be afraid”
Resources: updates, guidance, coping
Member Care Update, April 2020
Spiritual First Aid: A Step-by-Step Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care Manual (COVID-19 Edition) Humanitarian and Disaster Institute, Wheaton College
What is member care? In short: supporting staff wellbeing-effectiveness (WE). “Member care is the ongoing investment of resources by sending groups, service organizations, and workers themselves, for the nurture and development of personnel….” See the fuller definition at the end of this page.
January-July 2020–Things to know…and too important to simply archive.
—Global Integration: Staying Current and Relevant (overview, updated July 2020)
—Engaging in Humanity Care: Stress, Trauma, and Humanitarian Work
Christian Psychology Around the World (Issue 14, May 2020, pp. 153-167)
—COVID-19: Stories of Compassion & Corruption (PETRA People Update, April 2020)
—Stories from the Sectors: Desperate Journeys and More (GI Update, March 2020)
See latest updates/overview/stories on migration in The New Humanitarian
—Member Care Centers: Collaborating for Global Impact (MC Update, March 2020)
“Let’s convene regional-global conversations/consultations about MC future directions.”
—Connecting Colleagues: Greetings from Chiang Mai (MC Update, February 2020)
—Wellbeing for Who? Global Reports from Seven Sectors (GI Update, February 2020)
—Following Jesus Globally: Engaging the World through Global Integration
Lausanne Global Analysis (January 2020). Featured in MC Update (January 2020).
Link HERE for a copy of the article with a basic translation tool into 50 languages.
—No Turning Back for the World Community…Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations. Global Insights, Office of International Affairs, APA (January 2020)
—Shaping Our Future Together: UN75 Global Conversation (GI Update, January 2020)
10 Highlights: 2018-2019--Things to remember…too important to simply archive.
1. Global Mental Health: What’s Up? Recent Developments and Directions
Global Insights, Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association (June 2019). Click HERE for full version and HERE for overview version.
2. Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples (MC Update June 2019)
3. Being Faith-Based & Evidence-Based: Lessons-Resources (GI Update May 2019)
4. Doing Member Care Well: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
(power point, Asia MC Conference, 2 May 2019)
More resources from the conference are in our May 2019 MC Update
5. The Trauma Pandemic: A Global Lens for Global Action
and Partnering as Faith-Based People and Organizations
(presentations and handout, International Trauma Collaborative, 6 April 2019)
6. Transforming Our World: Mental Health Professionals/Sustainable Development Goals (presentation 21 March 2019, CAPS Conference USA) core handouts/22 pages-7. Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health and the Church-Mission Community
(webinar/video 29/11/18, Lausanne Movement, Global Mental Health/Trauma Network)
8. Humanity Care: Sustainable Development Goals & Church-Mission Community
(presentation 27 November 2018, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
9. Health for Peace: Contributions from Peace Psychology
(presentation 7 November 2018, Geneva Peace Week, United Nations)
Watch the 25 minute video (integrity and moral health for a more whole world)
10. A Summons to a Global Integrity Movement: Fighting Self-Deception and Corruption (article Lausanne Global Analysis, March 2018; copy with translation tool-50 languages)
2. Global Member Care Updates (archives: 2009–current)
Expanding the Global Impact of Member Care
Special News 2020 (examples)
–Staying the Course in Global Member Care: Pandemics–Problems…(July 2020)
–Managing Stress and COVID-Distress: Faith-based/sensitive resources (June 2020)
–Staying Sane during COVID: Mental Health Resources (May 2020)
–Confronting COVID-19: “Don’t be afraid”–updates, guidance, coping (April 2020)
–Member Care Centers-Hubs: Collaborating for Global Impact (March 2020)
–Connecting Colleagues: Greetings from Chiang Mai (MC Update, February 2020)
–Following Jesus Globally (January 2020)
—Index of 120 Issues (10 year anniversary, April 2019)
3. Global Integration Updates (archives: 2015–current)
Common Ground for the Common Good
Special News 2020 (examples)
–The UN at 75: “We the peoples…”: Engaging in UN International Days (July 2020)
–Managing Stress and COVID-Distress: Faith-Inclusive Resources (June 2020)
–Staying Sane during COVID-19: Mental Health Resources (May 2020)
–Confronting COVID-19: “Be smart. Be safe. Be kind.” (April 2020)
–Stories from the Sectors: Desperate Journeys and More (March 2020)
–Global Reports from Seven Sectors (February 2020)
–Shaping Our Future Together (January 2020)
—The Essential Review (three year index of GI Updates)
4. CORE Member Care (weblog)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice
Ten+ years or materials to help us explore member care practice in light of current world events and major issues, look into our own hearts, and consider additional ways to provide and develop resources (300+ entries).
–2018-2019 Topic: Humanity Care. Entries on linking Unreached People Groups and sustainable development (UPGs-SDGs).
–2016 Topic: Global Integrity. 25 entries for exploring many levels of integrity: individual-institutional-international.
–2015 Topic: Global Integrators. 25 entries for leveraging our skills and values on behalf of human wellbeing.
Following the Flows (1988–current)
See all our books HERE.
—Global Member Care (Volume 1): The Pearls and Pearls of Good Practice
Kelly O’Donnell (2011)–hard copy and electronic version
—Global Member Care (Volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity
Edited by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell (2013)–hard copy and electronic version
–Preview (to be compiled with a team of editors):
Global Member Care (Volume 3): Strategies and Stories–All Peoples
6. Presentations and Training
Equipping Colleagues for Relevance and Resilience
Note: We are available for presentations and training, in person and remotely.
List of presentations (2009-2019) many including audio or video: HERE
Some examples of presentations:
—Doing Member Care Well: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
(powerpoint, Asia MC Consultation, 2 May 2019)
—The Trauma Pandemic: A Global Lens for Global Action
(plenary, International Trauma Collaborative, 6 April 2019)
—Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health and the Church-Mission Community
(webinar 29 November 2018, Lausanne Movement’s GMH and Trauma Network;
watch the webinar HERE)
—Humanity Care: Sustainable Development Goals & Church-Mission Community
(presentation 27 November, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
—Health for Peace: Contributions from Peace Psychology
(presentation 7 November, Geneva Peace Week, United Nations)
Watch the 25 minute video (integrity and moral health for a more whole world)
—Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Christians in Leadership
Gordon-Conwell Seminary, USA; May 2018
—Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Mental Health Professionals
George Fox University, USA; March 2017
––Sustainable Global Mental Health Development
World Mental Health Day Event, Ecuemenical Centre, Geneva; October 2016
—Doing Member Care Well: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
Middle East Member Care Consultation; September 2016
7. Global Mental Health-Map (website)
Engaging in Mental Health as Mission
Materials to orient colleagues from different sectors to the domain of Global Mental Health (GMH). GMH is mission–“mental health as mission.” See the list/links for our core publications to orient colleagues to GMH HERE.
8. More Resources to Support Your Work in Member Care and Mission
See the Getting Connected section (Links):
–Member Care Networks and News
–New Member Care Materials (2017-2018 examples)
–Member Care Materials in Different Languages
–Upcoming Member Care Conferences/Training
–Shepherding the Heart of Global Workers
(Singapore MC Consultation, 22-24 April 2020) firstname.lastname@example.org
—OM People Care Courses: Cancelled for 2020
More information is available at https://www.om.org/pccourse
–Pastors To Missions Conference (October 2020, USA)
—Mental Health and Mission Conference (November 2020, USA)
—Asia Member Care Network Consultation
Stories, Strategies, Struggles (19-23 April 2021, Penang, Malaysia)
What is Member Care? In short: supporting staff wellbeing-effectiveness (WE).
Here is a definition (core description) that we have use and adjusted over the years.
Member care is the ongoing investment of resources by sending groups, service organizations, and workers themselves, for the nurture and development of personnel.
—It focuses on every member of the organization, including children and home office staff; and locals, nationals, volunteers who are part of/working with the sending group and organization.
–It includes preventative, developmental, supportive, and restorative care. A core part of member care is the mutual care that workers provide each other. Workers receive it and they give it. Connecting with resources and people in the local/host community is also key.
–It seeks to implement an adequate flow of care from recruitment through retirement.
–The goal is to develop resilience, skills, and virtue, which are key to helping personnel stay healthy and effective in their work. Member care thus involves both developing inner resources (e.g., perseverance, stress tolerance) and providing external resources (e.g., team building, logistical support, skill training).
Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a Christian non-profit organisation working internationally from the USA and Geneva. We focus on personnel development for mission, humanitarian, development, and health workers and their organizations; global mental health; ethics and good practice; and integrity/anti-corruption. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications, emphasizing those working with vulnerable/unreached peoples.
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