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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.38 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
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When students participate in short-term mission work, parents and youth leaders hope the experience of serving others will be transformative. But for mission work to make a real impact, leaders and students need to spend more time before, during, and after their service processing and preparing for their experiences. This curriculum and student journal helps leaders prepare students for what to expect on their mission trip, allows students to reflect upon their experiences, and enables them to genuinely debrief. Students will engage in learning exercises that help them gain new insights about themselves, their relationship with God, their teammates, and the world were called to love and serve. These steps ensure short-term mission work that has a deeper effect on students and on those they serve, and helps students apply what they have learned in the mission field to their own lives. Also included are ideas to help get parents and the church engaged in the youth ministrys short-term mission work.
Dr. Kara E. Powell is an educator, professor, youth minister, author, and speaker. She is the Executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see www.fulleryouthinstitute.org). Kara also serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and currently volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue church in Pasadena, CA. She is the author of many books including Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids (with Chap Clark) and Deep Justice Journeys. Kara lives in Pasadena with her husband, Dave, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.
Brad M. Griffin is the associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and has co-authored Sticky Faith: Youth Worker Edition and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentuckian, Brad now lives in Pasadena with his wife, Missy, and their three children. After more than fifteen years in youth ministry, he now volunteers at his church.
Naomi5 Stars Out Of 5Best Resource for STMJune 20, 2013NaomiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I originally saw this book when a leader of mine used some things from it during a missions trip I was part of a couple of years ago. Since I've been co-leading a trip this year for some youth from our church, I searched around for various books, but I kept coming back to this one.
This book really hits the mark for me. It asks the hard questions of whether we're really making a difference, in both our students and our world--troubling questions that have surfaced from research as short-term missions have exploded over the past few decades. It does not come from an assumption that all missions trips are wonderful and are helping so many people, but rather from an honest perspective that there are real questions we should be asking about how we approach STM.
"As we come to terms with the bad news that our service is more superficial than we would hope, we're all eager for tools that help us make a deeper impact on our kids and our world."
And this is what this book dives into. It begins with some chapters about some best practices for leaders as we walk through this journey with our students or teams. It also has chapters on engaging both parents and the rest of the church (we used 1 idea for engaging our church this year that has gone great--simply, to have members of the church body sign up to pray for 1 student while they are on their trip--it was simple yet effective to get more of the body connected).
It then delves into 3 sections: before (framing), during (experience and reflection), after (initial debrief, followed by ongoing transformation). Within each of these are various activities and discussions to lead your group through, focused on the team, individual relationships with God, and cross-cultural topics.
All of these topics and activities came from both research and leadership summits with experienced leaders. They asked tough questions: How can our service work be part of God's kingdom justice? How do we move service beyond spiritual tourism? What are the most important theological threads that should weave their way through our service? How can we move beyond rhetoric to true partnership with those we're serving? Through that, they came up with activities/discussions that were field tested by youth leaders and their students, then revised and compiled into this wonderful resource.
Hands down, I recommend this book to anyone planning and leading a short term missions trip, even if you're going with a larger organization. It has the flexibility to allow you to choose which activities fit your group the best and what you feel the need to focus on (it's not intended for you to do all of them).
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