The SDCT exists to help ensure that all CRM staff experience the following:
- Spiritual Vitality — A deep and maturing relationship with God
- Healthy, Balanced Lives and Families — Personal wholeness lived out in authentic community
- Personal and Professional Development — Ongoing growth both personally and in ministry
Believing that all of life and ministry flow out of who we are—our personal development and our dynamic relationship with God—the SDCT functions to assist CRM staff toward ongoing personal wholeness and Christ-likeness, as well as helping CRM teams become nurturing communities.
We are called to resource team leaders in creating and nurturing grace-filled, safe communities for holistic staff development and care, as well as assisting staff in the areas of spiritual formation, ongoing transformational development, and personal care as needed.
SDCT members visit missionaries on the field, attend regional conferences, and connect through phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings to equip, mentor, and encourage our CRM personnel to flourish. As a team, we oversee assessments, orientations, furlough re-entry debriefings, mid-career assessments, internal training, and a variety of other developmental activities within CRM.
Our primary value as a team and for our ministry is a vital relationship with God, and thus we value the spiritual formation of each member. (Eph 4:13)
Recognizing that each person’s relationship to God is worked out horizontally, we value safety, openness, and vulnerability. (Eph 4:15)
We value caring community: each person caring for him or herself appropriately; each person giving and receiving care from his or her CRM team and national community appropriately. (1 Cor 13)
We value growth and a developmental perspective impacting all facets of life: spiritually, life stages, leadership, team relationships, and professional growth, from recruitment to retirement. (Luke 2:52)
Recognizing that our staff work in a variety of cultural contexts, we seek to care for and help them live and minister in a healthy but culturally sensitive manner. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
We value “sent presence”: our physical presence with our missionaries – our emotional presence to them – our prayerful presence for them; and ourselves as resources. (John 1:14)
We value lightness and joy: because Jesus carries our burden, we can be playful, and enjoy one other and God. (Psalm 16:11)
We value a community where healing, personal growth and asking for help are essential elements of Christian maturity. (James 5:13-16)
We value an openness to truth: the recognition that God is calling me to grow and to take our development into Christ-likeness seriously. (Psalms 51:6)
To equip, empower, and encourage CRM staff to develop and care for themselves and those they lead through training, counseling, coaching, and spiritual direction