Short-term missions

6) Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference —

The Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference (STMLC) is an annual training event open to churches, schools, agencies & individuals. It is designed to impact team members, leaders, and those who train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips as well as those who receive them. If you want to learn to lead short-term mission teams with excellence, you won’t want to miss this! April 12-14, 2012 in Bloomington, MN. Learn more about this conference at:

 

http://www.stemintl.org/training/stmlc

 

or go directly to the registration page here:

 

http://www.cvent.com/d/1cq7vh

 

or call 1.877.STEM.646 or 952.996.1385 for more info. Early registration/group discounts available.

5) The Next Mile: A Coach’s Guide —

Change lives before, during and after a short-term mission. The Next Mile: A Coach’s Guide is designed to encourage and equip pastors and lay leaders to follow-through with returning short-term missionaries in a meaningful way. The goal is to see short-termers experience lasting change by helping them determine God’s call on their lives and how they can become more like Christ.  Developed in partnership with Western Seminary’s Transformational Coach Training Program, this guide will equip you with enough information to become an informal coach for a returning short-termer. A short-termer is someone who has participated on a short-term mission team, served at a Christian camp or any type of short-term ministry assignment for as little as a few days to three years.  The basic objectives are 1) For you to know a basic definition of coaching and the unique role coaching plays in a person’s spiritual growth; 2) For you to understand the basic framework of a coaching conversation; 3) For this Coach Guide to serve as a resource in your coaching; 4) To provide the short-termer with intentional help and forward movement as they consider the impact of their trip on the rest of their lives.  The Next Mile is a collaborative effort of mission agencies and organizations joining together to address the “black hole” of short-term missions with resources for effective follow-through. It’s available as an E-Book at:

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YH2AKQ

 

Find it via a hard copy at:

 

http://ondemand.condeopress.com/s-thomas-c-mcdaniel/the-next-mile-a-coach-s-guide.html

 

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9) The Next Mile E-Zine -–

Are you going on a mission trip or recently back from one? Sign up for Next Mile’s free twelve-part E-Zine. Designed especially for those recently returning from a short-term mission experience, The Next Mile E-Zine will help you process your short-term mission experience and keep the flame alive! You will learn how to share your story, process your experience and live life on mission.  This twelve part E-Zine provides nearly 50 resources covering these major areas of follow-through for short-termers:

 

1.    Welcome Home

2.    Sharing About Your Mission Trip

3.    Re-entry

4.    Growing Closer to God

5.    A Missional Worldview

6.    Navigating the Crossroads

7.    Stay the Course Locally

8.    Stay the Course Globally

9.    Staying the Course with Your Field and Missionaries

10.   Exploring Career Missions

11.   Mission Training and Resources

12.   Closing Thoughts

 

Sign up and encourage others team members to sign up here:  http://www.thenextmile.org/ezine-signup/

9) Don’t forget the Nat’l Short-Term Missions Conf. in Tucson —

Make your short-term mission efforts more effective with practical insights, innovation, and inspiration gained at The National Short-Term Missions Conference (NSTMC) in sunny Tucson Jan. 26-28, 2012 at Casas Church. This gathering is sponsored by the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission organization. Featured speakers include Dr. Ron Blue and Glenn Schwartz among several others. Learn more about the conference at

 

http://www.nstmc.org

 

and about the Standards of Excellence at

 

http://www.soe.org

6) Do Inexperienced Short Term Missionaries Make You Nervous? —

Don’t miss the blessing they bring. Remember, you were once on your first short term mission! Help them get their hearts ready for the cultural and spiritual challenges they will face, so that they go with humility, team unity, and servants’ hearts. “Before You Go” a 40-day devotional to prepare short term missionaries by Jack Hempfling, with a Foreword by YWAM Regional Director Peter Warren, is now available as an EBook for Kindle and Nook, (Apple is in process). “I wish I had this book when I was starting out. I’d have avoided a lot of mistakes” and “Our teams are much better since we have each member get on the same page with this devotional,” are commonly heard reports from using this tool.  Excellent and easy-to-use way to get all your short termers into the Presence of God before a trip and maximize their impact during the trip.

 

http://xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781607913511

 

to see a summary. Get bulk discounts at U.S. number 866-381-2665, ext 1163 (Jason), or order from Amazon.com or your favorite bookstore. (Thanks to the author for the way he helps Brigada, by the way!)

5) New Short-term Missions Tool —

Have you ever wondered if your church or ministry should send a short-term mission (STM) team?  With all the needs and all the opportunities, how do you know where to go and what to do? Recognizing that many churches and ministries wrestle with determining which STMs to promote and move forward with, DELTA Ministries International (DELTA) has recently released the Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool.

 

http://www.deltaministries.com/onlinestore?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=12&category_id=2

 

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This tool and the free supplement guide will provide insight needed to assess your church and mission trip objectively as well as provide a target to work towards as you develop your individual trip or short-term mission sending program.  Visit DELTA’s online store to purchase an unlimited use license for only $4.99US. If you have questions about this tool contact Tory Ruark at toryratdeltaministriesdotcom or call 1-800-533-5822.

1) Most Popular Mission Trip Locations —

An analysis of 85,000 searches made on

 

http://www.ShortTermMissions.com

 

this past Spring reveals that Kenya and Uganda dropped out of the high popularity position which they enjoyed over the past several years. Mexico, which has solidly been in second place for years, is no longer in the top ten most popular countries for mission trips. Haiti, which rose to prominence last Spring following the devastating earthquake, remained in second place this past Spring. Japan moved up to the #3 position following the March 11th Tsunami, and Israel, which was in 15th place two years ago, has moved up to the top five. To learn more about where people want to go on mission trips and what activities they want to be involved in, go to

 

http://www.mdat.org/reports

 

(Thanks David!!! God bless you!!!)

4) Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool —

Here’s a new tool to help churches and ministries discern if they should send a short-term mission team. Have you ever wondered if your church or ministry should send a short-term mission (STM) team? With all the needs and all the opportunities, how do you know where to go and what to do? Recognizing that many churches and ministries wrestle with determining which STMs to promote and move forward with, DELTA Ministries International (DELTA) has recently released the Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool.  This assessment has been broken into three major categories of consideration: Calling, Stewardship and Quality.  Within each category include critical assessments for your STM derived from the Word of God, experience, as well as the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE).  Along with the STM Assessment Tool, you will receive a free supplement guide. It will provide insight needed to assess your church and mission trip objectively as well as provide a target to work towards as you develop your short-term mission sending program.  Visit

 

http://www.deltaministries.com

 

to obtain your unlimited use license.

10) National Short-Term Missions Conference in Tucson —

Make your short-term mission efforts more effective with practical insights, innovation, and inspiration gained at The National Short-Term Missions Conference (NSTMC) in sunny Tucson Jan. 26-28, 2012 at Casas Church. This gathering is sponsored by the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission organization. Register before Nov. 30 to save. Featured speakers include Dr. Ron Blue and Glenn Schwartz among several others. Learn more about the conference at http://www.nstmc.org and about the Standards of Excellence at

 

http://www.soe.org

7) The Hub: Something New for Short-Term Missions —

The Hub is a free monthly Ezine designed to serve as a gathering place for short-term mission articles, resources, tools and opportunities.  The goal is to equip churches, ministries and individuals to conduct responsible short-term missions that glorify God.  Read the latest issue here:

 

http://p0.vresp.com/kLhTxS

 

Submit ideas for content by emailing

thehubatdeltaministriesdotcom

9) Regional Short-Term Mission Team Leader Trainings —

What if there was a resource that enabled your short-term mission teams to become more effective? Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that helped you multiply and equip your leaders for short-term missions? DELTA’s Team Leader Training will give your leaders practical, hands-on instruction on building character, team unity, bridges to cross cultures, debriefing and follow-through. Attendees will go home with practical tools they can use as they train and serve their short-term mission team. Your leaders will be equipped to lead team trainings. They will be given curriculum helps and ideas to use in team meetings pre- and post-trip, and on the field. Or, if you are interested in going deeper in some of the areas you can choose that specific module.  For details, dates and cost visit:

 

http://www.deltaministries.com/component/content/article/44-slideshow/235-regional-team-leader-trainings

 

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12) The BackPage: the Value of All These Short Missions Courses —

Lately, I seem to have come across a number of these short missions courses. Some are aligned with Perspectives. Read more about Perspectives at…

 

http://www.perspectives.org

 

Of course, it might just be the granddaddy of them all. It’s about 15 weeks in length, available as an intensive course of 1 week or 3 weeks in some locations, but often taught over the course of 15 weeks by flying in lecturers and mobilizers, some of whom make their living as itinerant guest Perspectives teachers. You can even take it online:

 

http://class.perspectives.org/Visitor/Online.aspx

 

It’s fairly academic, even scholastic in nature, with emphasis on homework, assigned readings, and lectures. It’s also kind of expensive, according to some ($190 for a non-credit, online version, for example).

 

In addition to Perspectives, there’s also Nvision, a unique, one-day encounter exposing God’s people to what He is doing around the world and helping them to find their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission. This fast paced multi-media experience is informative, exciting, and life changing. Speakers come, share powerful stories, challenge with truth from God’s word, thus revealing sobering worldwide facts and need. Learn more about Nvision at…

 

http://www.vision7nine.org/nvision-seminar

 

Then there’s Unveiling Glory. It’s more like a series of messages. Learn about the concept at…

 

http://www.unveilinglory.com/

 

And see the messages at…

 

http://www.unveilinglory.com/content/view/60/79/

 

The great thing here is — much of the content is available for free.

 

Then there’s Operation Worldview, available at..

 

http://operationworldview.org/

 

I just received a copy of this course in the past few days and I’m looking forward to previewing it. It’s basically a summary — “Perspectives in a box,” so to speak. You get a DVD on the Biblical backdrop, another on the historical slant of things, a 3rd on the cultural perspective, and a 4th on the strategic angle. There’s also a leader’s guide and a Participant guide. In addition, you get videos like “Abraham,” “Ee-taow!”, “Transformations,” The “Unfinished Task,” and “6 Ways to Reach God’s World.”

 

This latter video — “6 ways” is also easily obtained at…

 

http://www.omf.org/omf/us/get_involved__1/6_ways_to_reach_god_s_world

 

At this site, you can actually download and watch the videos for free, then share them with your missions committee, church, short-term missions team, or class. It’s a great intro and it’s very engaging. Our committee loved them.

 

And while you’re into the number “six,” you might also try the course called, “Xplore,” which features 6 lessons exploring God’s Word, God’s World and God’s Work. Find it at..

 

http://www.everyethne.org

 

Finally, there’s the Kairos Course. Designed and first implemented overseas, it has a decidedly international backdrop, but is now being used practically everywhere. In the organization I lead (called Team Expansion), some of our guys in South America got hold of it and started promoting it among our teams in 45 countries. It has caught on like wildfire and is now being taught by Team Expansion workers on just about every continent. Learn more at…

 

http://www.teamexpansion.org/kairos

 

The cool thing about Kairos is that there’s very little to buy or purchase, and no lecturers have to make any circuits. So once you and your church are kind of “certified” to run it, you won’t need outside experts — which translates into big savings plus lots of local ownership of the course and its future. The entire course is being refreshed (videos, published materials, and more) this coming fall. Exciting.

 

All of these courses bode well for Christian missions. My theory is — the more we train, the more we know. The more we know, the more we will want to *do*. The more we do, the more people will go to Heaven — all of which can’t be a bad thing. :-)

 

God bless your own church or group, of *course*.

 

Doug

 

PS. Did I miss one? Never fear! Just click “Comment” below the web version of this item and add a full review of your own. All these courses will still be side by side on the web version of Brigada.

7) Short-Term Team Medical & Trip-Cancellation Coverage —

Do you need short-term team international travel medical insurance with a “trip-cancellation” option? Good Neighbor Insurance can now provide this coverage for teams. The rates are excellent with standard benefits.  For more information contact

jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100. Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100.

8) Short-Term Missions for the Long Haul —

The Next Mile resources are designed to assist local churches and agencies plan and conduct effective short-term missions. Participants in the short-term mission experience include the goer/sender/local church/goer’s family/mentor/host and those to whom the STMer ministers. The mission experience that is well-planned and carried out will affect not only the life of each participant in their continuing journey to become more like Christ, but all the participants.  The Next Mile resources include a Leader Guide, a Goer Guide for youth and all-ages, and a post-ministry devotional.  Learn more at

 

http://www.thenextmile.org

7) Short-Term Missions for the Long Haul —

The Next Mile resources are designed to assist local churches and agencies plan and conduct effective short-term missions. Participants in the short-term mission experience include the goer/sender/local church/goer’s family/mentor/host and those to whom the STMer ministers. The mission experience that is well-planned and carried out will affect not only the life of each participant in their continuing journey to become more like Christ, but all the participants.  The Next Mile resources include a Leader Guide, a Goer Guide for youth and all-ages, and a post-ministry devotional.  Learn more at

 

http://www.thenextmile.org

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