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MIssion Trip Resources

Where do we begin? Where should we go? What are the keys to a positive experience? How do we plan a successful mission trip?

These are common questions that congregations and mission committees often ask when exploring the possibility of taking a cross-cultural mission trip. WMI can help you plan a mission trip, make connections, and build partnerships. We have listed below several planning resources and contacts for planning cross-cultural mission trips.

WMI Resources

Planning a Short-Term Mission Trip

This presentation outlines the basic elements of short-term mission trips and will help to get you started in planning yours.
Power Point Presentation

Mission Trip Leader's Guide

This resource is meant to be a guide to help you be the leader of a journey to and from your cross-cultural mission experience. Included are some “best practices” for mission trips that we have learned over the years and some of our particular policies and requirements. If you’re reading this in another context, we hope you will find the information useful and adaptable to your own situation.
Trip Leader's Guide

Top 10 Reasons to Go on a Short-Term Mission Trip

This PowerPoint explores the various motivations for participating in a mission trip and indicates why short-term mission is so vital for churches.
Power Point Presentation

De-briefing Your Mission Team

Helping your team return home and integrate what they have experienced and learned into their lives is no easy task! Here's a helpful article to get you started.
Sorting it Out: Simple Questions for Debriefing Short-termers

PC (USA) Mission Trip Resources

Resources for short-term mission are available on their mission trips site .

You can order materials for leading trips through the Presbyterian Distribution Service at 800-524-2612. These are the ones we recommend for mission trip planning:

  • When God's People Travel Together Volume I. A Trip Leaders Traveling Manual (PDS # 7027099009)
  • When God's People Travel Together Volume II: Reflecting and Acting on Mission Trip Experiences (PDS # 7027099022)
  • When God’s People Travel Together Volume III: Bible Studies for Mission (PDS # 7440099083)
  • People, Places and Partnerships (PDS # 7428004010)
  • Mission Trips Listing 2008 (PDS # 2649407002)

Additional Resources

There are some great short-term training materials listed on the STEM Int'l website, too! Go to their publications page .

The National Short-term Mission Conference is the largest gathering of organizations and resources related to short-term missions. Their annual conference includes workshops and plenary sessions that are relevant for people who are taking their first team and for those who are seasoned veterans. If you're in a college setting, a leader in a church, or someone who has been called on to be a leader in Short-Term Mission, consider joining others like you to learn about how to do Short-Term Mission with excellence.

Looking for a particular way to serve short term? Check this multiple agency listing of opportunities .

Here are several other helpful books available for ordering online.

  • Aeschliman, Gordon, Ed. The Short Term Mission Handbook
  • Anthony, Michael J. Ed. Short Term Missions Boom: A Guide to International and Domestic Involvement
  • Borthwick, Paul. Missions: God’s Heart for the World
  • Dearborn, Tim. Short-Term Missions Workbook: From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens
  • Forward, David C. The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip
  • Gibson, Timothy et al, Eds. Stepping Out: A Guide to Short Term Missions
  • Hoke, Steve and Bill Taylor. Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations
  • Judge, Cindy. Before You Pack Your Bag Prepare Your Heart: Short Term Mission Preparation Guide
  • Kitahata, Stacy D. Having an Excellent Adventure: A Handbook for Responsible Travel
  • Stiles, J. Mack and Leeann. Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short Term Missions
  • The Short Term Mission Handbook. Berry Publishing Services Inc.

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