Short-term mission

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– Statistics:
– $45 billion given to Mission Trips
– 400,000 foreign missionaries
– 5.5 million full-time Christian workers
– Only 10% of international students reached by ministries in the US
– 2.2 billion Christians worldwide

– Criticisms:
– Shift towards militarization in modern short-term missionary work
– Conflation of spiritualism with military metaphors
– Spiritual warfare concept in missionary practices
– Questioning the use of military metaphors in spreading religious faith
– Not all missions, short-term or otherwise, necessarily implicated

– See also:
– Mission (Christian)

– Notes:
– Peterson, Amy. Rethinking the Language of Short-Term Missions.
– Nations Media. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
Research and Statistics. Short Term Missions. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
– Missionary. (2005). In The Macquarie Dictionary.
– Hickman, Claude. Mission Statistics. The Traveling Team. Retrieved 29 March 2020.

– References:
– Randall, Ian. Spiritual Revolution, The Story of OM, Authentic, 2008.
– Howell, Brian M. Short-Term Mission, InterVarsity Press, 2012.
– Hickman, Claude. Missions Statistics. The Traveling Team, 2015.
– Maxson, Macy. 5 Destinations for Your First Mission Trip. Faith Ventures, 12 Sept. 2019.
– Peterson, Amy PetersonAmy. Rethinking the Language of Short-Term Missions. Nations Media, 11 Feb. 2020.

Short-term mission (Wikipedia)

A short-term mission (STM) is the mobilization of a Christian missionary for a short period of time ranging from days to a year; many short-term missions are called mission trips. The short-term missionary is a fairly recent innovation in the global missions movement, but many short-term missions agencies are seeing an increased number of trips that consist of a week up to a year.

Short term missions started in the 1960s. A few organizations, like YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and OM (Operation Mobilisation) created trips lasting from a month to a year. Short term missions was known as a way for young people to grow their faith and self, while also aiding those in need. Many individual churches joined in on the movement.

Then within the 1970s, high school students began to take part. It grew during the 1980s and was extremely popular in the 1990s. Short-term missions have had different meanings based on the people taking part. Some make it about looking for possible long-term missionaries and helping those who are already involved, where others focus on the spiritual path and growth while helping others. The idea that they are about serving others and growing in faith became the more popular reason to go on a mission trip.[citation needed] More than 2 million Americans participate in these trips yearly. These trips act as a way for numerous people to help the less fortunate. While they are a way to grow spiritually, these trips also act as community service projects.

Generally, missionaries have been people sent to spread their religious faith, usually among the people of another country or region in which that faith is not widely practiced. In the past 50 years, churches have moved toward mobilizing young people for short-term trips.

There are independent Short-term Missions Organizations (STMs) as well as denominations and individual churches that facilitate these trips all over the world. Many individuals going on short-term mission trips raise partial or full support from family and friends to help pay for their trip. Costs include not only travel, food and lodging but often associated project expenses as well. In recent years, a number of services like have been established to help individuals raise support for their short-term mission trips using online email and social media tools.

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