John Certalic, Caring for Others

Listen Well - One Thing We Can Do to Relieve Missionary Pressure

The skill of listening can have a significant impact in helping our missionaries during times of stress and challenge.  Henri Nouwen puts it well, “The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously, and start discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even dare to be silent with you.”  This interactive breakout session will help improve one’s listening skills by offering practical tools in living out James 1:19, "...be quick to listen and slow to speak."

John Certalic is the executive director of Caring for Others, a member care ministry devoted to increasing the effectiveness of missionaries and reducing their attrition rate. Along with training and debriefing work with cross cultural workers, John has trained lay counselors and taught pastoral care seminars in Brazil, Turkey, Tajikistan, Mali, and North Africa. He also conducts workshops to help churches better care for their missionaries. To date, Caring for Others has ministered to over 950 missionaries from 62 different sending agencies serving in 85 countries around the world.