John David Smith and his wife Kim served as church planters for 12 years in the Cape Verde Islands. They knew the destination was a mature church, but they didn’t know how to get there as their organisation didn’t have a pre-field training program at the time.
John David undertook an attrition study which showed that the numbers of missionaries leaving the field were very high, and the desire for longevity and fruitfulness (as well as his own need to be equipped) prompted him to pursue his doctoral studies.
It might not come as a surprise that he found a link between people being poorly equipped and leaving the field early.
Join Paul Mac and Dr. John David Smith, Director of BMAA, in the 7th Episode of the AccessTruth Podcast as they discuss training for cross-cultural ministry.