Written by Kurt Ver Beek and JoAnn Van Engen, David Livermore, and Lisa Van Engen

The Curriculum

This curriculum was written primarily for short term mission teams traveling internationally, but we believe that much of the materials (with the exception of session three) can be used by teams traveling within their own country. It also includes materials for the congregations that send mission teams, highlighting the fact that when God sends us on a mission, we do not go alone. We go as people who belong to the global church.

A Note About the Host Materials

The materials for hosts were written to help those who will host a short-term mission team think through all of the pieces of organizing a mission trip in their community. Because each mission site is different, these materials will need a great deal of contextualization (for example, a church in Uganda hosting a team will have very different needs than a church in Chicago hosting a team). We encourage you to think through which pieces are relevant to your community, and to think about which pieces might be missing, when planning to host a short-term mission team.

The Importance of Partnership

In this curriculum, we will talk about the various groups of people involved in a short-term mission experience: the short-term mission team and their leaders, the hosts who welcome a team to their community, the congregations who send short-term mission teams, and the partner agency. While many short-term mission teams travel without the assistance of a partner agency these days, we would highly encourage you to consider using such an agency. We’ve developed a list of what partner agencies can offer short-term mission teams and why we think they are a critical piece of planning a short-term mission experience.

Getting Started

Session One: Changed for Life

Session Two: Mission of God

Session Three: Global Injustices

Session Four: Cultural Intelligence

Session Five: Poverty Is a Reality

Session Six: Poverty and Development

Post-Trip Materials

Additional Materials

Recommended Resources