Independent Mission Workers


Independent Mission Workers

A support group for mission workers who are not attached to a sending agency, a place for us to pool wisdom and resources and encourage one another

Members: 23
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2019

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Debriefing - who do you turn to? 1 Reply

Debriefing is recognised in member care circles as a critical part of reviewing one's assignment, and is often carried out while on home assignment. But if you're not part of an agency, who do you…Continue

Started by Tim Herbert. Last reply by Rob Watson Jul 8, 2014.

Accountability 14 Replies

If you're an independent mission worker, who are you accountable to?I'd be interested to know what people think about this, but also what they have actually done, if anything, to make themselves…Continue

Started by Mike Frith. Last reply by Daniel De Herrera Dec 3, 2013.

a vehicle for independent professionals 2 Replies

I am building a private foundation which may be used as a vehicle to chanalize independent tentmakers, hopefully where financial professionals as I am could join in a team work, to search for work…Continue

Started by Daniel De Herrera. Last reply by Daniel De Herrera Apr 13, 2012.

Local support base? 2 Replies

If you're working overseas on your own, who's there to help you when things go belly-up?  Who pays your bail or gets you out of prison?  Who arranges emergency medical treatment when you're in a…Continue

Started by Tim Herbert. Last reply by Tim Herbert Dec 16, 2011.

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Comment by Jeanne Elder Smith on June 16, 2016 at 11:20

WOW things have been crazy for us and I have not been back here.  

Helen, I would love to see what you have.  We are really struggling and looking at about a 3 yr re-entry plan.  First step is to get my husbands green card which we have not been able to even start yet due to lack of finances.  

We are just at the beginning.  Thinking about where we would live and looking for jobs, housing everything.  You can email me at if you like

Comment by Helen Watts on April 19, 2016 at 11:09

Hi Jeanne, what sorts of things are you looking for? Specific to the US, or any re-entry materials? I have a free email series for folk preparing to go home, and a paid webinar series for those already back. Let me know what you are looking for and I'll see if I can help. 

Comment by Jeanne Elder Smith on March 29, 2016 at 13:38

I am looking for help with re-entry into the U.S.  Anyone have any tips, suggestions, ideas?

Comment by Tim Herbert on August 27, 2015 at 9:24

Hi Warren, welcome to the group.  We have a few independent mission workers here, and a number of people who provide support.  We're not active anywhere else but are here to provide support, encouragement and advice to anyone who needs it.  I'm conscious that there are a lot of things in the way of training, support and debriefing that are part of the package for people serving with agencies that independents miss out on, so hopefully we can provide some of that through this group!


Comment by Warren Chua on August 26, 2015 at 11:13

Is this group still active elsewhere? Hope to find independent missionaries here.
Comment by Tim Herbert on February 24, 2014 at 9:37

Hi Zoe, welcome to the group.  Hope you feel at home here!

Comment by Rob Watson on April 8, 2013 at 11:11

Thanks Tim, great to see you at Soul Care too and working together. Every Blessing

Comment by Tim Herbert on April 8, 2013 at 7:32

Rob, welcome to the group.  Hopefully between us we can provide support to each other and all the independent mission workers out there that we've yet to find!

Comment by Rob Watson on April 4, 2013 at 10:26

Isolation, networking, family life, marriage, accountability and understanding are all difficulties for independant missionaries who may struggle with the lack of support from local people and struggle with being understood by sending churches.  We were independant missionaries with the easier task of working in Hong Kong, but it was still very difficult to find people who were willing to walk with us and support us and snding church whilst good, struggles to dal with our struggles.  We now work to provide member care to to all missionaries with debriefing and counselling.  If you are interrested have a look at

Comment by Nicola J Evans on January 13, 2012 at 13:29

Thats good to know Claudia, thanks :)


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