Short-Term Missions

Resources for increasing long-term impact on your short-term missions involvement.


STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE


STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT TERM MISSION
In order to more effectively impact God’s world, Sending Entities (churches, agencies and schools) have come together to identify nationally-derived ethical norms and practices for every type of short-term mission trip imaginable.

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ARTICLES


SHORT TERMERS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN MISSIONS by Monroe Brewer
If put into practice, the proven strategy laid out in this article–by one of America’s jost prolific missions pastors—has the potentional of seeing many more churches successfully transition some of their short term missionaries into long term missionaries. You don’t want to miss this one!

CAN SHORT-TERM TEAMS FOSTER LONG-TERM CHURCH-PLANTING MOVEMENTS?
by William Y. Smith
This article shows that, if done strategically, short-term missionaries can be of tremendous help in advancing the gospel.


SHORT-TERM TRIPS, BIBLE STORYING AND CHURCH-PLANTING

by Doug Bender and Steve Sims
American churches who thought reaching the unreached was a job only for the professional missionaries found an avenue to meaningfully engage and reach one of the most unreached and hostile people groups of Ethiopia.


SHORT-TERM RAMP-UP: THOUGHTS, TIPS, AND WARNINGS
by Shane Bennett
Nothing in the mobilizer’s tool box packs the punch of a well-designed, God-directed cross-cultural experience. Christians have learned through long experience how to resist the wiles of a good sermon and a sunset-climaxed slide show. But share a cup of tea with a Turk in a back street chai house in Istanbul and, it’s all over but the visa application.

LESSONS FROM THE SAPLING: REVIEW OF QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH ON SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
by Kurt Alan Ver Beek
If you’re sending out lots of short-term missionaries in hopes that this is a sure fire way to bless the members of your church with a sustained life change, get ready for a serious re-evaluation.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY’S SERIES ON SHORT-TERM MISSION

(Christianity Today magazine) published the summary of a study by Kurt Ver Beek, assistant professor of sociology and third-world development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which questioned whether short-term missionaries and those served by such missionaries experienced long-term life changes from such missions. We … asked Ver Beek to discuss his work further with Robert Priest, associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. At the end of the discussion, Ver Beek and Priest (took) readers’ questions. See also Robert J. Priest’s essential reading: Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right.

MOBILIZING WORKERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: Weslyan World Missions takes steps to bridge the burning passion for mission and career service By Scott Olson with Joy Bray
As Director of Mobilization for Wesleyan World Missions, I am continually looking for effective ways to mobilize men and women for cross-cultural ministry. But our focus is not on big numbers. We want to send people who are willing to be trained and stretched for ultimate effectiveness. That means developing close connections with church-related colleges, local churches and districts, as well as individuals.

MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS by Glenn Schwartz
A burgeoning interest in Christian missions has produced a new interest in short-term service. This has resulted in thousands of short-termers going out across the world, some under the direction of the Holy Spirit, some for their own benefit (as on a glorified vacation), but all, hopefully, for the benefit of those they seek to serve.

MISSION TRIPS: WHAT ARE WE DOING? By David Mays
A question about short-term missions in a book review snapped me to attention. “Is this the first major missionary movement carried out primarily for the personal benefit of the missionaries?”

THE “HARVEST CYCLE” AND SHORT TERM MISSIONS by David Rogers
Anyone who knows anything about farming knows that, in order to reap a harvest, there are various stages you must pass through first. It should not surprise us that, when both Jesus and Paul, on various occasions, compare Christian evangelism and discipleship to the agricultural process, many of the same principles hold true for both.


ARTICLES FROM OTHER SOURCES

ARTICLES FROM SHORT TERM MISSIONS.COM

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OPPORTUNITY FINDERS


The following will help you to discover both short-term & career mission opportunities.

Non-North American Agency Listings

  • Oscar (database of both UK and no-UK-based opportunties for short-term and career missionaries)

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HOW-TO BOOKS


SERVING WITH EYES WIDE OPEN: DOING SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITH CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE by David Livermore
Serving with Eyes Wide Open helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions. In three parts, author David A. Livermore will take a broad look at what the twenty-first-century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it takes to adapt effectively to new cultural contexts.

MACK AND LEANN’S GUIDE TO SHORT TERM MISSIONS
Mack and Leeann Stiles are veteran leaders of more than a dozen two-month mission trips that have taken them around the globe. Their practical advice, hard-won lessons and hilarious stories will help you know what to expect as you get ready to see God in action in new ways.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP by David Forward
This is a highly recommended and practical guide for short-term missionaries and their team leaders. Topics include: Getting Started; Money; Team Building; Travel Arrangements; Cultural Diversity; and much more. Sample checklists are included with a suggested reading list and a guide to short-term missions opportunities.

CROSS-CULTURAL SERVANTHOOD: SERVING THE WORLD IN CHRISTLIKE HUMILITY by Duane Elmer
Whether you’re going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.

MAXIMUM SHORT TERM MISSIONS I An exhaustive book featuring the 9-cell planning matrix “MISTM-Grid”(Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission), process trilogy, participant trilogy, solid Short Term Mission theology, and excellent tables and illustrations to capture the intensive, comprehensive overview of Christian short-term missions.

SUCCESSFUL MISSION TEAMS: A GUIDE FOR VOLUNTEERS by Martha VanCise
Paperback – 231 pages
The 23 chapters in this book contain a real treasure house of information that anyone planning or going on an overseas mission trip should begin to learn about as soon as possible. “Mission tours are not vacations,” the author says. It is as important to consider one’s spiritual preparation and cultural values relating to the trip as knowing what to pack into your suitcase. She covers all three—and many other related topics—in a very clear and forthright manner. There are mission tour scams as well as wonderful organizations with excellent track records. Horror stories about what can go wrong are included, and she has good tips on how to avoid jost pitfalls.

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CONFERENCES


THE NEXT MILE CONFERENCES

FELLOWSHIP OF SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS

NATIONAL SHORT-TERM MISSION CONFERENCE

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TRAINING


EFFECTIVE ENGAGEMENT IN SHORT-TERM MISSIONS: DOING IT RIGHT by Robert J. Priest
Must reading for any church or ministry engaged in the recruiting, training, sending and follow up of short-term missionaries.

TRIP STUFF by David Mays, ACMC
An indespensible CD collection of more than 200 documents developed or used by local churches for doing mission trips. Worth well beyond it’s price! To see the table of contents click here.

THE NEXT MILE LEADER GUIDE
Designed for Short-Term Team leaders, this comprehensive tool enables leaders to plan and conduct Short-Term Mission trips for long-term impact. Multiple contributors who are recognized leaders in missions have provided articles that offer Biblical and practical insight to Team Leaders.

TEAM DYNAMICS
Wherever a team is assembled, conflict will ensue. On a short-term mission trip, where members of the team must fully rely on each other and spend every moment of the day together, the potential for interpersonal disaster multiplies many times over. The first-time leader and the seasoned veteran will find this resource packed with ideas for promoting team unity and dealing with the inevitable conflicts that result when people work closely together.

MISSION BRIDGE DISCIPLING & PREPARING DISCIPLING & PREPARING TEAMS TO GO TEAMS TO GO (Atlanta Vineyard Church)
An all-in-one 89-page manual for doing short term missions in a local church, including forms. A great model for other churches to consider.

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SECURITY ISSUES & ASSISTANCE


SHORT-TERM TEAM SAFETY PREPARATION by Steve Vereb
What if a crisis occurs for one of your short-term teams? If you are a church that sends teams, do you have a emergency management plan in place? Do you train team leaders and team members to know what to do in crisis situations? If you are an agency or missionary that receives teams, do you work with those teams’ sending churches to make sure everyone is well prepared? This article outlines areas where advance planning can prevent or minimize the impact of a variety of serious crises situations.

VEREB, HITT & ASSOCIATES LLC
Church Safety and Short Term Missions Risk Mitigation Consultants

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FUND RAISING


SAMPLE FUND RAISING LETTERS from Howard Culbertson’s Web Site

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INSURANCE


ADAMS & ASSOCIATES

eGLOBALHEALTH.COM

GOMISSIONTRIP.COM (provides rate comparisons)

INSURANCE FOR MISSIONS by Mission Finder

MISSION TRIP INSURANCE

MISSIONARYHEALTH.NET

SERVING ABROAD

SQUAREMOUTH.COM (provides rate comparisons)

Disclaimer: The above listing of insurance carriers has been gathered from various sources and recommendations. Go Connect does not in any way guarantee satisfaction with their services and we do not make any profit from referrals to these agencies.

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PACKING


COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSION (Brigada Brigade)

MEDICAL MISSION PACKING LIST

PACKING 101

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PASSPORTS


BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT

APPLICATION FOR

OFFICIAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (Service)

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MISCELLANEOUS



CURRENCY CONVERSION SERVICE

WORLD TIME ZONES

ATOMIC CLOCK SERVICE

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