Offer your congregation life- and faith-transforming experiences through global ministry. Eight orientation sessions prepare individuals and teams by instilling a biblical perspective of the world and increasing cross-cultural understanding. After your mission trip, two follow-up meetings help with "re-entry" adjustments. Dearborn's practical handbook features activities, reflection/discussion questions, suggestions for additional reading, and leader's guide. 126 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
Going on a short-term missions trip can be a life- and faith-transforming experience. It can enrich the way you view the world. It will cause you to rely on God more fully. It is an opportunity to develop deep relationships with your team and the people you serve. A short-term missions experience can also involve weeks of physical and spiritual distress. An unprepared team can wreak havoc on each other and the people they intend to serve. To get the most out of such a missions trip, you need to go prepared. Whether you are going on your own or with a team, the keys to preparation are here in Tim Dearborn's workbook. It includes
- Concise summary of crosscultural principles
- Help in facing spiritual warfare
- Tips on avoiding a tourist mentality
- Spiritual preparation through individual or group Bible study
- 8-week course for teams to do together
You'll get a biblical perspective on the world, gain crosscultural understanding and even prepare for reentry when you return. If you are planning to go on a short-term missions trip, don't leave home without working through this book!
Dearborn is associate director for faith and development at World Vision International. Until July 2003, he was dean of the chapel and associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is also senior associate at the Institute for Global Engagement in Philadelphia and chair of the board for International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians. He earned the Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, the Th.M. in missiology at Fuller Seminary, and the M.T.S. in history of religions at Harvard University Divinity School. He has written (Monrovia, 1997) and (Eerdmans, 2000).
"This is the best tool I've seen for preparing individuals for the entire short-term mission experience. The topics covered prepare the soil of one's heart to allow the transformation process to begin. Don't let a team leave without working through it!"
"Tim Dearborn is extraordinarily wise. This workbook is an outstanding guide to help all Christians think more thoroughly about our mission in the world--wherever and however we serve. The questions in this manual are useful for each of us personally, for discussion groups, for congregations. They challenge our assumptions, upset our provincialisms, widen our horizons and deepen our visions. Most of all, this guide ushers us into following Jesus more faithfully--globally and locally."
"This workbook is really a complete resource kit to help the short-term ministry team prepare themselves culturally and spiritually for their service. It provides just what is needed (and what we have lacked)--a program of preparation and reflection that will help turn the short-term ministry into preparation for a lifetime of service. Don't leave home without it."
" 'Mission preparation' is a spiritually invigorating, powerfully pragmatic exposure to effective global ministry. Captured passions turn into lifelong commitments; resources are maximized toward relevant actions. Tim is sharing a lifetime of wisdom. Don't leave home without it."
"The best tool to help prepare a person for the transformation process that takes place as a result of a short-term mission experience. This book does so much more than preparing a team to go. Tim helps the team integrate their on-field experiences with their lives back home."
"Tim Dearborn's very helpful workbook draws on over twenty-five years of experience in enabling the Western church to relate in partnership for mission with the church and mission groups in the non-Western world. The workbook focuses on the key issue in short-term missions: the challenge of crossing into a different culture. It leads the short-term mission aspirant through a practical and theoretically rigorous learning process. It enables the short-term mission team member to discern the richness of the gospel as experienced and lived out by people of many cultures. I commend this book warmly."