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Keys to Create Multi-generational Missional Family Legacies

Richard A Tracy
University of the Nations

Richard A. Tracy has served with Youth With A Mission since September 1992. He and his wife Debbie founded Youth With A Mission Panama in 1994 and are the pioneers and directors of YWAM Chiriqui, Panama. His family is part of five generations of missional and ministry service. Their adult children are currently serving God in their missional callings. Richard regularly teaches on relationships, spiritual warfare, discipling nations, leadership, marriage and family. Richard has a Executive MA in Leadership from the University of the Nations. 


Time and time again, we discover incredible individuals who impacted their generation with biblical transformation. Sadly, in many cases, this impact has died along with the death of that individual. We not only see this problem in church history, but when it comes to examples of multigenerational missional family impact, the biblical narrative is found wanting.  In most cases, the children of some of our greatly beloved biblical heroes, not only digressed from their parent's path, but also undermined and destroyed the very values and transformation their parents had made. This paper is based on a Master’s thesis with the goal to identify keys that have helped families to successfully transmit their missional inheritance to their children and proceeding generations.


family; missions; misional; legacy; next generation

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ISSN: 2296-7176