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The Seven Standards of Excellence in Short Term Mission

1. God-Centeredness

An excellent short-term mission seeks first God’s glory and his kingdom, expressed through our:

•Purpose — Centering on God’s glory and his ends throughout our entire STM process

•Lives — Sound biblical doctrine, persistent prayer, and godliness in our thoughts, words, and deeds

•Methods — Wise, biblical, and culturally-appropriate methods which bear spiritual fruit

2.  Empowering Partnerships 

An excellent short-term mission establishes healthy, interdependent, on-going relationships between sending and receiving partners, expressed by:

•Primary focus on intended receivers

•Plans which benefit all participants

•Mutual trust and accountability

3.  Mutual Design

An excellent short-term mission collaboratively plans each specific outreach for the benefit of all participants, expressed by:

•On-field methods and activities aligned to long-term strategies of the partnership

•Goer-guests ability to implement their part of the plan

•Host receivers’ ability to implement their part of the plan

4.  Comprehensive Administration

An excellent short-term mission exhibits integrity through reliable set-up and thorough administration for all participants, expressed by:

•Truthfulness in promotion, finances, and reporting results

•Appropriate risk management

•Quality program delivery and support logistics

5.  Qualified Leadership 

An excellent short-term mission screens, trains, and develops capable leadership for all participants, expressed by:

Character — Spiritually mature servant leadership

•Skills — Prepared, competent, organized, and accountable leadership

•Values — Empowering and equipping leadership

6.  Appropriate Training

An excellent short-term mission prepares and equips all participants expressed by:

•Biblical, appropriate, and timely training

•On-going training and equipping (pre-field, on-field, post-field)

•Qualified trainers

7.  Thorough Follow-Up 

An excellent short-term mission assures debriefing and appropriate follow-up for all participants, expressed by:

•Comprehensive debriefing (pre-field, on-field, post-field)

•On-field re-entry preparation

•Post-field follow-up and evaluation


See Perspectives on the World Christians Movement: A Reader,  Page 752-756

Original article at http://www.soe.org/explore/the-7-standards/