Short-term missions

14) The Last Bit: What Makes a GREAT Short-term Missions Trip?

After several decades of rise in the whole short-term missions trip industry, it seems like some have begun to search for higher, deeper, and nobler purposes. And although some predicted short-term missions trip interest would wane, we’re still waiting for that to happen. Even now — there seems to be no end in sight. For you and your church or mission org, what makes for a fantastic short-term trip experience? One of our best Brigada partners (Thanks Dave — in Savannah) told us some time back that his church likes “LEAP” trips, where L = Learn, E = Encourage, A = Advocate (for the people, location, and workers, once you return) and P = Pray (both onsite and afterward). We are also a fan of the short-term trip standards of excellence — benchmarks that make it easier to measure success. (Learn more at…


Groups like RighNow Media (and many others) feature a list of success indicators as well.


But how do YOU decide what makes a great short-term missions trip experience? What are YOUR standards for success? Please click comment after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help!


7) Short-term Missions (STM) Toolbox Gives Resources and Motivation

missions toolboxThe STM Toolbox website is a gold mine of information and advice at…

They assist churches, schools and mission agencies in implementing effective short term mission as a part of their strategic kingdom callings. They do this by providing resources, services, and motivation that just won’t quit. Their motto is, “You say where; You say when; We make it happen.” They’re ready to serve you. As a free sampler, check out the resource page they provide to get you started.

3) The Suitcase Never Arrived

missiontrip“My son, Steven, has been on a mission trip with my Dad for the past two weeks. They left the states during the big snowstorm that covered the East Coast and just barely got out of the country. Because of the weather, changes were made to their flight schedule and somewhere along the way their luggage got lost. Today, Steven leaves Ghana, Africa to come back to America. His suitcase never arrived…I think he has had one change of clothes for the whole trip.”

This is the beginning of a story we read recently from a woman’s whose son went on a short-term mission trip without insurance for lost or delayed baggage. Had her son been on the “TripArmor” plan from our good friends at he could have been reimbursed for his lost/delayed baggage. If you are going on a mission trip this year that involves connecting flights (don’t all mission trips??) then you should be sure to check out this plan at

or give Mark a call at 1-800-5776-2674 ext. 103.

6) MissionMakr Revives like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Remember, that great site that would help you through your short-term trip prep, all your communication, and all your on-field reporting? Remember how it went south when the previous owners let it die? Well never fear — it’s alive again! A dedicated servant-heart named Rick has relaunched it better than ever. Check it out today and compare it to any other site for short-term trip management. We think you’ll find it favorable.

6) Best Training Materials for Short-term Trips

We’ve been using Round Trip at the church where I’m an elder. It’s pretty great at preparing short-term teams for mission trips. But, for a while, we seemed to have lost it, once it became unavailable at the Christianity Today site. Now, suddenly, it’s available again here…

So glad. For $20 bucks, you won’t find a better cross-cultural training curriculum (complete with videos). (Probably couldn’t find anything any better than this at 10 times the price.)

7) Short-term Missions Webinars

DELTA Ministries is pleased to announce a series of webinars beginning August 20th that will help you get the most out of your short-term mission trip. Whether you have come back from your trip and don’t know what to do next or are preparing for a mission trip, these webinars are for you. The webinars have limited number of participants, are highly interactive, and customized to answer your questions and meet your needs. For more information, please email Tory at
toryratdeltaministriesdotcom . You can find out more about the webinars or sign up at:

1) Get Brigada On Your Smartphone via STM Toolbox app

STMDavid (who is Executive Dir. Of Short-Term Missions Toolbox…

has staged the development of an app that points to several locations and services and even downloads the first paragraph of those services into his smartphone app itself. See his app at…

or just find it in the respective app marketplace for your smartphone. (Search your App Store for “STM Toolbox.”

Once you’ve installed it, you’ll find Brigada, by the way, under the headline, “Mission News.” Don’t forget to ‘refresh’ the screen to see the latest posts. (Do this on the iPhone, of course, with the more-or-less standard “swipe down” gesture.) Find us in good company there, right alongside the BBC! :-)

10) It’s not Too Late to Study/Teach This Summer in China

Believe it or not, here’s an opportunity you still might be able to make happen. Visit…

To learn about “Summer Bridge,” and

to learn about Summer Teaching. Put the two together, and it looks like you could spend virtually the entire summer in China. Download more details, brochures, and applications at the sites above.

1) Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe

East European Lake

East European Lake

We’re grateful this week for a financial gift from a project consultant with Integra Ventures USA.  Our Brigada friend is a non-residential missionary working in the country of Bulgaria. He does 3 one-month trips a year, focusing on Small to Medium Enterprise development – or “Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe.” To learn more, please browse to and


Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9) Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities with IDEAS

IDEAS offers short-term volunteer opportunities for Christian professionals who want to gain international professional experience while also developing relationships and embracing a new culture and community. The Contract Associate Program (CAP) was created to provide international opportunities for Christian professionals while also providing support and expertise to long-term Associates and projects. These short-term assignments range from two weeks to one year. Visit

for a list of current opportunities or email vickidotoehringatideasworlddotorg  (vickidotoehringatideasworlddotorg)  

5) Three Myths about inspiring your churches

Statistics say millions are going on short-term mission (STM) trips every year. Undoubtedly the vast majority are coming home excited to get others involved, especially those from their church. However many people go about inspiring others with wrong ideas. Here are 3 myths that commonly lead people astray:

Myth #1 – If I can just get people to go, they will be changed just like me.

Myth #2 – Sending STM teams means my church is missions-minded.

Myth #3 – I can inspire my church to action by myself.

For more information on these myths and how to conquer them, go to hurch-to.html

(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

7) Get Free Access to Resources for Coordinating Short-term Trips

STM Toolbox, a ministry dedicated to providing free access to resources for those coordinating short term mission, is launching a new email series. This monthly email provides insight on a particular topic related to short term mission. Each issue is filled with articles and links to help the short term mission coordinator perform their ministry with greater passion and knowledge. The August issue catalogues over 25 resources for debriefing short term mission teams. Subscription is free, but you have to sign up at

7) Conference for Short-Term Mission Leaders —

Every October STM leaders from around the world gather to grapple with where God is leading and how missions can be improved. Whether you are an educator, agency executive, church pastor, host-receiver, or team leader, the Forum exists to renew your soul, equip your ministry, and expand your vision. Join this vital ongoing conversation on the role of short-term leadership in global mission! For more information, check out FSTML’s website,

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