The validity of short-term missions stands or falls on its linkage to the spiritual growth that missions projects are supposed to produce in participants. Anecdotal evidence for such a linkage abounds. Too often, however, growth is taken as an article of faith.
5 Ways It Occurs
Spiritual growth on short-term mission projects occurs in many ways. Here are a few:
5 Ways to Plan for It
Use your time of planning for your project wisely. It can be a good carrot to promote your discipleship agenda; after all, the team needs to be ready. Accountability to such spiritual disciplines becomes a natural part of the preparation process.
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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.