100+ books for a MC Library

Updated 2016 and more materials added below in September 2018.

Note April 2021: It would be good to have a small group review and update further.

Here is the Introduction:

100+ Books for Member Care
Kelly O’Donnell

Member care continues to grow as a field and as a global movement. One indication of this growth is the steady stream of materials that have been developed to promote wellbeing/effectiveness for member care workers and their organisations. This updated compilation of 100-plus materials, primarily books in English, includes many selections that can be part of a core member care library. I have organized the materials into 10 categories. The categories often overlap and many of the materials could actually fit in more than one category.

I primarily emphasise materials written for the mission and humanitarian sectors. The list ranges from “classic through current” materials, and it certainly is not complete. Some of the materials are out of print while others are available online for free (internet links noted where relevant). Please contact me with any additions, links, or corrections in order to help keep this list updated and accurate (mcaresources@gmail.com). Other relevant materials from human resources, health, mental health, development, business, leadership/management, and personal growth areas are also highly relevant, of course—and almost limitless!

10 MC Areas
*Pastoral and Spiritual Growth
*Physical and Medical Care
*Career Issues and Reentry
*Team Building, Interpersonal Relationships, and Partnerships
*Families, Couples, TCKs, and Singles
*Finances, Accountability, Ethics, and Organizations
*Stress, Trauma, Crises, and Contingency Management
*Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting
*Member Care Compilations and Overviews
*Resources from the Humanitarian, Development, and Health Sectors

Going Further—Additional Materials:
*Member care database indexed at Mental Health Resources for Cross-Cultural Workers www.crossculturalworkers.com

*E-books/materials from Missionary Care http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm

*Media materials available at Member Care Media (http://membercareradio.com)

*Member care-related books for sale: William Carey Library Publishers
(https://missionbooks.org/products/categories/category/member-care), Mission Training International (http://www.mti.org/purchase), and Society for Human Resource Management (http://www.shrm.org/Publications/Books/Pages/SHRM-PublishedBooks(AlphaList).aspx)

*Resources from People in Aid (http://www.peopleinaid.org/resources), Headington Institute (e.g., training modules; http://www.headington-institute.org/overview), Families in Global Transition (http://figt.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1114038), and Intercultural Press (http://nicholasbrealey.com/boston/subjects/interculturalpress.html)

*Bibliography of articles from the 1960s-1987 in Helping Missionaries Grow (1988, Appendix) https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/test/helping-ms-grow-book

*Partial listing of materials in other languages https://membercareassociates.org/?page_id=43

*MC: 50 Years-50 Quotes (1964-2013) https://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan/mem

*Materials at Global MCA from different sectors and relevant for member care and mission/aid (see “Vol 2 Resources” and “Vol 2 Updates”) https://sites.google.com/site/globalmca/

*Materials on Brigada (search “member care” and “books”, http://www.brigada.org/)

Updates from September 2018
General Member Care
Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally (2018) Connie Befus
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (3rd ed. 2017), David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken, Michael Pollock
Receiving Them Well: A Guide on How to Support Your Loved One Returning from Humanitarian Aid or Mission Work (2017), Lisa Ennis and Lori Bryan
Self-Care Plan for Global Workers (2017), Sarita Hartz
Help Your [Mission Worker] Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference(2016), Ken Harder and Carla Foote
Special Issue on Member Care, Missio Dei (February 2015)
Twelve articles for new thinking, resources,  and review.
Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Mission Care (2015), David Wilson, Editor
Healthy, Resilient, and Effective in Cross-Cultural Ministry: A Comprehensive Member Care Plan (2015), Laura Mae Gardner
Thriving in Difficult Places: Member Care for Yourself and Others (2014, three volumes) by Brenda Bosch 

Relationship Resources
God’s Design for Community: Strategies for Building Better Relationships (2015), Gaylyn Williams
Married in Mission: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural Service (2015), Alexis Kenny
Love Across Latitudes: A Workbook on Cross-cultural Marriage (2015, sixth edition), Janet Fraser-Smith
Our Global Families: Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World (2015), Todd Johnson and Cindy Wu
Leading Multicultural Teams (2014), Evelyn and Richard Hibbert.
Setting Sail! The Family Workbook (2014), Emily Hervey
201 Great Discussion Questions for Couples in a Long Distance Relationships (2014), Lisa McKay and Michael Wolfe
Reconcilable Differences: Strategies for Your Journey Through Conflict (2015), Gaylyn Williams. https://relationshipresources.org/shop/
Leading Multicultural Teams (2014), Evelyn and Richard Hibbert.
Married in Mission: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural Service (2015), Alexis Kenny. http://alexisckenny.wix.com/marriedinmission
Our Global Families: Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World(2015), Todd Johnson and Cindy Wu. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/our-global-families/349570
–The Missionary Family: Witness, Concerns, Care (2014)  edited by Dwight P. Baker and Robert J. Priest (William Carey Library) https://missionbooks.org/products/detail/the-missionary-family-ems-22

The inclusion of these materials as well as the opinions and recommendations expressed in these material dos not necessarily reflect their endorsement. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the materials lies with the reader.