Missionary Debriefing

Who Should Come?

Pathway offers personal debriefing to all who are returning ‘home’, temporarily or permanently, following a period of Christian work abroad – irrespective of whether they belong to a formal missionary organisation or not.

Personal debriefing is intended to benefit all. It is not simply for those ‘with issues’ or those who have encountered difficulties.

What Is Personal Debriefing?

It is...

  • An opportunity for you to share freely about your
    experiences and feelings in a non-judgemental environment.

  • Totally confidential – your comments will not be
    passed on to any sending agency you may be affiliated
    to without your permission.

  • A chance for you to reflect on and celebrate
    all that has been positive.

  • A way for you to explore any experiences or
    relationships that may have had a negative impact on your wellbeing.

    It is not... counselling, advice, information gathering or spiritual guidance.

    How Long Does it Take?

    Most debriefing sessions last for 2-3 hours although a
    further session may be offered if this would prove helpful.

    How Much Will It Cost?

    You will be able to access our services free of charge.

    If your church or missionary agency would like to make a
    donation, envelopes are available.

  • What About Couples or Families?

    Although couples will normally be offered a short introductory and closing session together, debriefing is essentially a personal process and each partner will therefore be debriefed separately.

    Please note that this process may therefore take longer.

    Opportunities exist to include children in the debriefing process. Please contact us for further details.

    Common Topics For Personal Debriefing

  • Anger
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Coping strategies
  • Cross-cultural adjustments
  • Expectations – exceeded and unmet
  • Family issues
  • Fear
  • Future ministry
  • Guilt
  • Health
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Marriage issues
  • Missing ‘home’
  • Overwork and burn-out
  • Personal issues
  • Poverty and wealth
  • Re-adjusting to ‘home’
  • Relationships
  • Sexual issues
  • Singleness
  • Stress, worry and anxiety
  • Traumatic incidents
  • Unpredictable circumstances