the case for short-term missions

seth barnes.jpgmy friend seth barnes is a great blogger, and the founder and exec director of adventures in missions (an organization for whom i served 5 years on the board). seth is a brilliant thinker, and one of those guys who has more challenging thoughts in one day that most of us do in a month. he’s also extremely humble, self-aware and open — which is what i really appreciate about him. oh, and the guy is truly passionate about conforming his life to christ.

some time ago, seth wrote a blog post called “are short term missions becoming faddish?

that post has now had over 16,000 visitors! so many people misunderstood what seth was trying to communicate, that he felt it would be helpful to write a subsequent post or two.

here’s “the case for short term missions”, part 1
and part 2.

these three posts are must reads for youth pastors, missions pastors, and anyone interested in missions (short or not). everyone thinking about planning or going on a short-term missions trip simply must start by reading these three posts.

2 thoughts on “the case for short-term missions”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Seth totally changed my views on what STM’s are all about, which is to say that he’s a fantastic writer, as well as all the other things you mentioned, and he’s right on when it comes to understanding a Biblical view of what STM’s are for.

  2. Thanks for passing these along. I, too, find myself disillusioned by mission trip groups that seem to get it wrong. One of the big things we focus on prior to our trips is undoing the common mindset of the “need of the giver to give”. STMs aren’t about me feeling good about the work project I did…or the souls I saved…or the meal I served. It’s about presenting ourselves as earthen vessels for doing God’s work.

    My favorite example of this is the time we had a bunch of muscle-bound basketball players on a mission trip. They were planning on doing heavy lifting and construction projects…imagine their disappointment when they arrived and were assigned to working in an inner city daycare. By the end of the week, the tears were flowing and the macho tough-guys knew they had seen the face of Jesus in the faces of the children they spent time with.

    Keep up the great work!

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