2019 PTM Speakers and Workshops
John and his wife Kathryn have served with Barnabas International since 1995. In their early years John was a pastor of congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but for the last 27 years John and Kathryn have served missionaries in a teaching and counseling ministry of pastoral care. During that time, they have served hundreds of global workers in over 30 countries. Their pattern of ministry has been to return to the same locations and the same teams year after year to build strong relationships and deep ministry. Their goal has been “to bring pastoral care and encouragement to God’s servants so they thrive in their journey with Him and are thereby able to stay engaged and effective where God has called them, so that His Kingdom comes.”
Besides serving as Associate Director for Barnabas International, Scott's heart is to shepherd workers and train global shepherds. Scott and his wife Beth have been married for 34 years, and have three adult sons and two daughters-in-law. They love food, good reads, and long talks with friends. You can read Scott's writings in his book The Uninvited Companion: God's Shaping us in His Love through Life's Adversities, Trauma and Resilience (edited by Drs. Charlie and Frauke Schaefer), Tender Care, and on his blog tendingscatteredwool.com.
Join us one day before the main PTM Conference begins, for one of these four great Pre-Conference options! Since they happen simultaneously, you’ll have to choose just one. Best of luck!
Healing Heart Wounds: Training in Trauma Care—30 participant cap
presented by Bill and Lorraine Foute
Using stories and materials specifically designed for cross cultural workers, participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care, explore if they themselves are carrying any heart wounds and bring those to Christ for healing, learn how to lead groups in a participatory way, and develop plans for using what they have learned in their community. Because our material is biblically based and highly interactive, it is most effective in a small group learning environment. Therefore we will cap this workshop at 30 participants.
In the end, each participant will be given the opportunity to become an apprentice facilitator in trauma healing (certification comes through the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society). To earn this certification each participant must demonstrate a basic grasp of the content and successfully complete a short practice facilitation*. A simple test measures mastery of content, and a short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement. The basic training manual is Healing the Wounds of Trauma. (An additional fee of $15 will be charged at registration for the training manuals.) More information can be found at: http://thi.americanbible.org.
*For those wishing to receive certification, the facilitation practice will take place Wednesday, October 9, during the afternoon workshop hours.
Bill and Lorraine Foute
Bill and Lorraine have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. They currently reside in Southern California.
Shepherding through Conflict—30 participant cap
presented by Neal and Anna Hampton
Managing conflict is not easy, but skills to increase successful outcomes can be developed. In this workshop, you'll discover how to manage difficult encounters with diplomacy, tact, and integrity. Those who embrace conflict can build understanding and better relationships—and experience greater personal and professional success
Participants will gain insights and skills while experiencing a participatory workshop environment. Role playing to practice techniques and new skills, sharing of best practices for approaching conflict management, and reflecting on how to transfer your learning back to your work environment are built into this training experience.
Neal and Anna Hampton—Barnabas International
Exploring the Dynamics of Addiction
presented by Lindsay Kimball
This Pre-Conference session will explore the heart level dynamics behind a wide spectrum of addiction for those on the mission field, and offer tangible tools as you come alongside those who are struggling. We'll unpack the addiction cycle, and think together about how the gospel enters in, and practical helps you can provide for those you're serving. We'll look at our own hearts' propensity toward addiction, and what it means to come alongside those we're helping as fellow strugglers. And, we'll explore some practical tools, trying some out in real time during our time together. Ultimately, this workshop will allow us to take a look at the ways in which the discovering of addictive behaviors and habits is an invitation to deeper feasting and dependence on Jesus, both for you and those you’re helping.
Lindsay Kimball—Associate Director of Mission, Serge
Shepherding Others into the Heart of God
presented by John Wile
This two-day course is for any PTM attender who carries spiritual responsibility for Global Workers. If you are a mentor, pastor, life-coach, debriefer, HR rep, counselor, Bible teacher, retreat leader, administrator, or just beginning to tiptoe into the world of member care, we believe you will benefit from this course. No matter what our role, we desire that the Global Servants we care for will thrive in their relationship with God. As they thrive with Him, they will be increasingly effective where He has called them.
In this course, we'll be seeking the heart of God in caring for and leading others into His truth—truth that shapes who they are, how they think, how they choose, how they care for themselves, how they serve others, and, above all, how they relate to their God. We'll look at the essential themes of Scripture that God desires His children to embrace. We'll face common misconceptions (in our own thinking and in the thinking of those we care for). And, we'll look at practical ways within our specific ministry skills to take God's truth into the lives of those for whom we are responsible.
Note: There will be a bit of preparation prior to attending the course. This will include some reflective thinking, videos to watch, and a few articles to read.
John Wile—Barnabas International
You won’t want to miss Wednesday with these helpful workshops that promise to be both skill-building and soul-filling. Each will last 90 minutes, and you will have the opportunity to attend two. There is no need to sign up in advance for these workshops. Just look over the descriptions and find the two that best fit you!
You want to go where...for heaven’s sake?
presented by Mark and Jill Brazle—Missionary Care Specialists
So many questions: will there ever be satisfactory answers? What happens when our kids take Christianity and the mission of God too seriously? How can we bless our children/grandchildren and encourage them as they follow the call of God, when our hearts are broken and our eyes are filled with tears? How do we grandparent effectively from a distance? What can the local church do to help the parents of missionaries among us? What if God sends our kids to dangerous places? How does the call to follow Jesus change when it involves living with open hands/hearts, saying “goodbye” to our children for years at a time?
Mark and Jill Brazle
Member Care for Social Justice Workers
presented by Roger and Elaine Twitchell
Social justice workers routinely take on problems that are bigger than life. They labor to right wrongs, foster equality and re-establish integrity in systems and societies that are severely broken and often supremely evil. They frequently work in difficult conditions where the never-ending needs and unrelenting pace of work inhibit soul care and self care. We will look at some of the unique challenges and needs that social justice workers have. We will also discuss how to shepherd and care for them, both preventatively (before our workers are in crisis mode, burnout, compassion fatigue, etc.) and responsively (if/when they end up in crisis mode).
Roger and Elaine Twitchell
The Heart of Spiritual Direction
presented by Steve and Deborah Wise—Barnabas International
Spiritual direction is a growing practice among evangelicals today. But what is it, where did it come from, and why are people drawn to it? We will spend a short time defining spiritual direction and drawing out the ways in which it is distinct from counseling, mentoring, coaching, or therapy. Then we will explore the possible applications for spiritual direction in member care through discussion with a panel of trained spiritual directors who have practical experience with this practice as they journey with overseas workers.
Steve and Deborah Wise
Soul to Soul with God in His Word
presented by John Wile—Barnabas International
We long to connect spiritually with those we serve, but sometimes that's difficult. We’ll explore a simple way to hear God through His Word, be vulnerable with each other, and pray together. Over decades of ministering to God’s servants, we consistently find it joy-filled, inviting, mutually encouraging. You will leave equipped for the same in your friendships, family and ministry.
Perceptions and challenges of single and married members working on multi-situational teams
Dorcas Harbin—Executive Vice President, One Another Ministries International
Suzy Grumelot—Urban Church Planter, World Team
Cathy Thompson—Area Leader for East Central Europe, Pioneers (off-site presenter)
Given the reality of increasing diversity on ministry teams, this research-driven, story-rich and practical workshop will identify assumptions and challenges facing married and single persons serving on cross-cultural ministry teams. We will look at organizational weaknesses and team dynamics. Leaders can learn the different perspectives of their single and married members regarding policies and practices that can often seem biased.
On Thursday we dig a little deeper into a few significant topics. Each Intensive will be 3 hours long (with a break in the middle) and you will need to choose just one. Again, it is not necessary to sign up for these workshops before coming to the conference. Look them over and decide which one is right for you.
The Crucible of First Term: Understanding and Helping So it is Not the Last
presented by Connie Befus, Ph.D.—Member Care and Psychological Consultant
The First Term cross-cultural worker has multiple adjustments to make, losses to mourn, an identity to shed and a new one to learn--all happening amidst high stress. In that process, emotional baggage can surface. Understanding what happens psychologically in the stress and identity crisis of the First Term can help First Term workers, those who prepare them, those who receive them, and those called in to help when the process does not go well. The workshop focuses on effective preventative and ameliorative interventions so that First Term workers can adjust and thrive--in hopes their first term is not their last.
In the Image of the Son: In the Image of the Shepherd
presented by Scott Shaum—Associate Director, Barnabas International
We minister out of who we are. We are daughters and sons of the Father, this is our core identity. It is Jesus’ core identity and it is from that orientation that he ministers to the world. What we fundamentally have to offer others is our communion with the Father, the Son and the Spirit; the overflow of Christ in our lives. This will be a true workshop around two axes: personal formation and professional formation - each playing off of each other. Two core questions will be explored: 1) What are the core elements of personal formation as it relates to our walk with God and our walk with others (i.e. caregiving); and 2) how does God seek to shape those areas at each stage of life? Attendees will have time for assessment(s) and pondering responses to God's invitations.
Developing Church-Based Care for Missionaries and On-Field National Staff
Dan Crum—Global Impact Director, Connection Pointe Christian Church
Don & Anita Dyck—Volunteer Leaders for Cross-Cultural Worker Care, Connection Pointe Christian Church
Every local church has people with skills, resources, networks and experiences that would be of use in caring for global workers. This session will start with the story of Connection Pointe's development of global care teams and how they work. This will be followed by a time of learning from all participants on what their church has found works well in caring for their global workers. Co-facilitated by Dan Crum and Don and Anita Dyck.
Don and Anita Dyck