Ministry Amidst the Refugee Crisis in Europe: Understanding Missionary-Refugee Relationships
Cook School of Intercultural Studies
The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of an investigation into missionary-refugee relationships in Europe. The main research question guiding this study was: How do missionaries understand and describe their relationship with the refugees they serve? The data for this study were collected at an international consultation on ministry with refugees held in the fall of 2017 from 21 missionaries using semi-structured interview protocols. Findings demonstrate that missionaries shared a liminal identity with the refugees in their ministry, viewed hospitality as a Christian lifestyle, perceived Christianity to be an inclusive faith, and discussed the challenges and opportunities in their ministry with refugees. Based on the findings we offer implications for mission theorizing and practice in the 21st century church.
Refugee crisis, europe, missionaries and refugees, refugee ministry, friendship
Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies
DOI of Published Version
Sanchez, Jamie N. and Dzubinski, Leanne M., "Ministry Amidst the Refugee Crisis in Europe: Understanding Missionary-Refugee Relationships" (2021). Faculty Articles & Research. 665.