Short Term Mission Trips Waste Money


a washington post article published on july 5th entitled “Churches Retool Mission Trips” Its a really good article and worth a read. I have been on many youth mission trips over the past ten years. I have been on successful ones and mediocre ones.

a friend recently took several youth from his church on an inner-city trip to the states with a great organization and there were other groups there. one group who’s youth were required to attend this mission trip as part of their confirmation class. i was told they were lazy and the kids never really did anything beyond what they were asked.

it comes down to purpose, passion and preparation.

but what are the costs of NOT sending out our youth on altruistic Christian missions? Andrew Jones

HT to Seth Barnes for the washington post article.

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3 thoughts on “Short Term Mission Trips Waste Money

  1. From my experience in a church with not many young people, the precious few can get a huge number of ‘free holidays’ that will enhance their CV’s. The funding is generally there and people like to think their kids are doing worthy things.

    There is then the difficult transition where the kids grow up and aren’t teenagers anymore and there are no free sexy trips. Suddenly just sitting in a church pew and being a member of a congregation is less appealing. Cynical, I know.

    When I have involvement in planning foreign trips, I really try and focus on it not being a two week wonder. There has to be preparation and then significant follow up. And the right people need to go, not just anybody who fancies it!

    We have partner Dioceses and these longer term relationships help put meaning into visits between them.

    Now, where’s my passport??!

  2. the difficulty of mission trips is that they should be discipleship making opportunities for churches and it should not matter what the age is of any of the attenders.

    a friend recently took his youth on an inner-city trip to the states and there was another group there who’s youth were required to attend this mission trip as part of their confirmation class. i was told they were lazy and the kids never really did anything beyond what they were asked.

    it comes down to purpose, passion and preparation.

    i’ll get my passport as well and we’ll start a grass roots movement.

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