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What does an excellent mission project look like?

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Yesterday’s blog dealt with the faddishness that is undermining the credibility of many STMs. The point of the discussion is not, “stop doing them;” the point is, “they should be part of every discipler’s tool bag if you make sure to do them right.” So what criteria would you apply to try and o…
By Seth Barnes

Yesterday’s blog dealt with the faddishness that is undermining the credibility of many STMs. The point of the discussion is not, “stop doing them;” the point is, “they should be part of every discipler’s tool bag if you make sure to do them right.”

So what criteria would you apply to try and organize an excellent project? Here are eight that we at AIM use to ensure excellence in the projects we sponsor.

 

1. Partnership: Short-term missions usually should be based upon a partnership between host churches and sending churches. Church partnerships should be brokered by a third party and should usually last no longer than three years lest dependency set in. Sending church and host church teams must be educated concerning the dynamics of true partnership.

2. Safety: Appropriate safety precautions are taken. To the extent possible, known risks are disclosed to participants.

3. Screening: Short-term missionaries must be screened to match their mission.

4. Preparation: Sending church teams must undergo thorough and mission-appropriate preparation.

5. Setup must be thorough and expectations clarified.

6. Leadership: Sending church leadership must be trained and experienced.

7. Field follow up: Evangelism planning should incorporate a thorough follow-up plan which has been formulated in conjunction with host church partners. New disciples are integrated into the local church.

8. Sending church follow up: Sending church teams execute a plan for cementing life change.

Also, check out: “Are Short Term Missions Becoming Faddish?

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