In which I attempt to define objective criteria for distinguishing between short-term and long-term mission.
If you are involved in short-term mission and you don't read this, then you are not taking your job seriously enough!
This one is from July 2014 and the original article that it refers to is no longer available, but it still has a point to make. . I would quite cheerfully, never write another blog post about short-term mission; it’s a subject that we’ve covered fairly regularly over the years and I keep thinking that there is … Continue reading Posts from the Past: Issues With Voluntourism
When the focus is on what the "missionary" gets out of the process, it ceases to be mission in any meaningful sense of the word.
As the internet gets increasingly fractious, we need to consciously think of ways in which we can thank and encourage those who have helped us.
A simplified way of classifying mission from the point of view of the local church congregation.
Short-term missionaries can bring valuable skills and manpower to bear at critical points in a long project. The key is designing short-term mission projects that support ongoing mission work.
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether you do these things in Kewsick or in Kazahkstan. The important thing is that you are being faithful to Christ in these basic ways; everything else is just details.
Our approach to mission recruitment is often just as wrong as most of the British' press' coverage of the Syria debate. It's putting us and our local or personal concerns at the centre of a much bigger issue.
This missions jargon is not appropriate in the local church paradigm. As missions mobilisers we need to understand that church members do not think and act like mission agencies...