PTM Conference 2016

You won’t want to miss the 2016 PTM Conference!  The Rigdecrest Conference Center near Asheville, TN provides a lovely setting for the conference (the trees should be gorgeous this time of year).  This year’s theme, “BOLDLY WAITING: The City that Is to Come” was chosen to address issues that face both the cross-cultural worker and those who provide care for them.  The conference starts off with a special banquet as our way of showing honor to you who care so selflessly to those around the globe. We have also time for corporate worship and opportunities for peer-led special-interest discussion groups.  Main session and workshop topics and speakers have been thoughtfully chosen to inspire and equip you.  We guarantee you will want to stay right up to the end on Friday.

We know you are going to love it!

Why Attend the PTM Conference?

Do you find your role as a care-giver to cross-cultural workers hard to explain to others?

Are you weary in your role in member care?

Are there ways in which you are challenged in your care-giving role and long for some personal perspective and encouragement?

If so, PTM is a conference for you.

  • At PTM, we “get” each other. Our hearts beat for caring His sent ones, so being with others of like mind and heart strengthens our passion and renews our vision for the ministry to which we’ve been called.
  • At PTM, we know that member care is a high calling with critical concerns. We can easily burn out along the way, if we’re not caring for and tending our own hearts and souls, after Jesus’ model. At PTM, we’re encouraged to care for ourselves and model that self-care to cross-cultural workers.
  •  At PTM, we recognize the unique challenges of the roles we fill. From organizational challenges to unique family challenges, our goal is to see individuals, teams, and organizations move beyond those challenges toward places of hope and possibility for every cross-cultural worker. With that in mind, we can offer encouragement one to another as care-givers and lend the perspective that comes from experience!

Recommended Reading

Whether you are new to Member Care or a long-time veteran, knowing what resources are available is valuable information.  This is just a short list of books that are recommended by the PTM Conference Leadership Team.  It is not exhaustive by any means, but a good place to start.  There are additional books and organizations listed under the Resources tab above.  If you have additional titles you would recommend, by all means, let us know!

For This Year’s Conference


Epicenter, Joel Rosenberg

Perspectives Reader, ed. By Steve Hawthorne and Ralph Winter, Fourth Edition

Praying God’s Word, Beth Moore



Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World, Kelly O’Donnell

Building upon O’Donnell’s earlier writings this is a comprehensive look at Member Care from a world-wide basis.  While some articles may not be as helpful as others, it is chock full of great information and a standard text book in the member care field.

Expectations and Burnout: Women surviving the Great Commission, Sue Eenigenburg and Robynn Bliss

A doctoral study which addresses the burnout rate of women missionaries.  Helpful stories interact with hard data to produce both causes and helpful survivor tips.  A must for new women missionaries (as well as men).

Making Sense of Transitions: Strategies for Coping with the Difficult, Painful, and Confusing Times of your Life, William Bridges

Though Bridges is writing to a generation removed, he is an excellent guide to the huge subject of transitions.  His first book is the explanation in theory and his second book describes his own transition at the time of his wife’s death.

On Being a Missionary , Thomas Hale

An older book which is not theological in nature but rather practical.  It is a compilation of hundreds of missionary experiences and helps add authenticity to the missionary call and life.

Personal Growth and Growth for Every Missionary , Jo Anne Dennet

A short book in outline form which looks at developing a counseling program for mission organizations for their global workers.  Written in an encouraging and helpful manner.

Psychology of Missionary Adjustment, Marge Jones and E. Grant Jones

A look at psychological adjustment for a missionary when he or she arrives on the field.  Though brief and does not always go as deeply as needed, this small volume serves as a beginning guide to the adjustment issues missionaries will face on the field.

SoulTalk, Larry Crabb

“Soul talk” happens when two Christians talk to each other in a way that results in their passion for God being stirred, ignited, and released.

Tender Care: The Heart and Soul of Caring for God’s Scattered Servants, Seabrook Seven

A great look at how to care for missionaries with a shepherd’s heart.  Highly recommended for anyone going into pastoral care of missionaries.


Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition, William D. Taylor

Standard and only recent comprehensive look at missionary attrition.  The statistics are dated but the wisdom is not.

The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s most Difficult Moments, William Bridges


Though Bridges is writing to a generation removed, he is an excellent guide to the huge subject of transitions.  His first book is the explanation in theory and his second book describes his own transition at the time of his wife’s death.


Re-Entry: Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home, Peter Jordan

Though mainly focusing on short-term workers and is somewhat dated, this short paperback is still the standard work on missionary re-entry.

The Reentry Team: Caring for Your Returning Missionaries, Neal Pirolo

Having sensed that reentry support was the most neglected, yet greatly needed, he has given us this throughtful study on how to care for returning missionaries. It is his heart’s desire to see our missionaries better cared for.


Third Culture Kids/Missionary Kids

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken

Nearly a decade ago, Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds introduced the concept of and has been the authority on the experiences of TCKs-children who grow up or spend a significant part of their childhood living abroad.



Serving as Senders, Neal Pirolo

Written primarily for the local church, this is the classic book on how to support a missionary from appointment to retirement.  It should be used as an outline to guide a church to think holistically and developmentally.