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Interdisciplinary Mission Trips. Lessons from the mission field for community health Mary Chase-Ziolek, PhD, RN. Theology & Nursing: A Team. Collaborative Service for God’s Kingdom. Missiology Intercultural Studies Biblical Studies Knowing the Word Evangelism Spreading the Word.

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Interdisciplinary mission trips

Interdisciplinary Mission Trips

Lessons from the mission field for community health

Mary Chase-Ziolek, PhD, RN

Theology nursing a team

Theology & Nursing: A Team

Collaborative service for god s kingdom

Collaborative Service for God’s Kingdom

  • Missiology

    • Intercultural Studies

  • Biblical Studies

    • Knowing the Word

  • Evangelism

    • Spreading the Word

  • Public Health

    • Root Causes of Health & Illness

  • Ethic of Care

    • Whole Person Perspective

  • Health as Shalom

    • Community Opportunities for Health

Theological Foundations

Nursing Foundations



  • Preaching and teaching the gospels are incomplete without addressing health and healing

Scriptural context for healthcare missions ministry

Scriptural Context for Healthcare Missions & Ministry

  • Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. Luke 9: 1-2



  • Issues, problems and solutions need to be understood holistically in missions and in ministry



  • Personal

    • Prepare your heart

    • Language

  • Group

    • Discerning the Spirit??

    • Becoming a team

    • Planning with receiving group

  • Partnership

    • Partnership

    • Laying foundation?????



  • Community determines the issues and actively participates in solutions

Standards of excellence

Standards of Excellence

  • God-Centeredness

  • Empowering Partnerships

  • Mutual Design

  • Comprehensive Administration

  • Qualified Leadership

  • Appropriate Training

  • Thorough Follow-up

    • Christian Short-term Healthcare Missions Best Practices

Developing an interdisciplinary team

Developing an Interdisciplinary Team

  • Recognizing & utilizing gifts

    • “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many…If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” I Cor 12: 14, 17b-20

Cunchibamba ecuador march 2005

Cunchibamba, EcuadorMarch 2005

Sion church north park seminary

Sion Church & North Park Seminary

  • Working Together

  • Gracious Hospitality

  • Unexpected Health Mission Opportunities

  • Making Connections with brothers & sisters in Christ

Interdisciplinary mission trips

A team is created

Oaxaca, Mexico August 2006

Semillas de salud seeds of health

Semillas de SaludSeeds of Health

  • Working with the church to improve the health of the community

Semillas de salud

Semillas de Salud

  • Working with the church through pastoral support

  • Health screening; anemia; hearing, vision

  • Teaching about healthy snacks

  • Working with local department of health

  • Oaxacans teaching U.S. teams & demonstrating servant leadership

Interdisciplinary mission trips

“I may have insight into the causes of poverty and have analyzed the structure of society.

I may have a degree in development economics and faith in the possibility of change, but if I do not have love in my heart for the people I serve I will be written off as just another expert who really knows nothing of the life of the poor.

I may live in the village of the slum amongst the people and give them all my goods, I may even die there of malnutrition or diarrhea, but if I do not do it with a loving spirit I might as well not have gone.

Love heals, cares, conquers and lasts through time and eternity. It is the world’s most precious gift – Give Love.”

Quoted in Best Practices for Short-Term Healthcare Missions, “Strengthening the Local Church”

Interdisciplinary mission trips

Burkina Faso, October 2007

North Park Seminary & Local Partners

Missions ministry in africa course objectives

Missions & Ministry in AfricaCourse Objectives

  • Become spiritually formed through a missiological reflection on faith, personal character, self-care, leadership roles, and personal gifting in the context of a multi-cultural environment.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the physical, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of poverty in the Third World, and specifically in the local context of Burkina Faso.

  • Understand the principles of transformational development, as a process that affects the well being of the whole person and his/her community.

  • Identify assets contributing to community well being in Burkina Faso as well as issues that diminish community well being.

Receiving the gift of hospitality

Receiving the Gift of Hospitality

Short term healthcare missions

Short Term Healthcare Missions

  • Adequate engagement for partnership

  • Do no harm

  • Follow up

  • Sustainability

  • Does community benefit justify cost?

  • Learning about health from other cultures

  • Seeing God at work around the world

  • Catching a vision for long term missions

  • Transformation

  • Receiving hospitality from strangers



Online resources

Online Resources

  • Best Practices Short Term Healthcare Missions

  • New Paradigms in Christian Health Ministries by Dan Fountain, MD, MPH

  •  Global Health Outreach

  • Nurses’ Christian Fellowship



  • Livermore, D. (2006).Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence. Grand Rapids: Baker.

  • Myers, B. (1999). Walking with the Poor.Maryknoll, NY: World Vision.

  • Richter, D. (2008). Mission Trips that Matter. Nashville: Upper Room.

  • Tazelaar, G. (2004) Caring Across Cultures: Preparing for Effective Missionary Nursing. Madison, WI. NCF Press.

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