Short Term Missions Resource Directory

Adventure in Missions

Adventures in Missions is an interdenominational missions organization that focuses on discipleship. We emphasize prayer and relationships in our work around the world.
Since we were established in 1989, we have taken over 115,000 people into the mission field, some for as short as a week and others for as long as a year or longer. We minister year-round through our ministry bases and strategic ministry partnerships. We believe that by giving people the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and join what God is doing in other cultures and nations, lives are transformed.
We seek to disciple as Jesus did; our vision is that God would use us to raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Center for Student Missions - A Ministry Opportunity for You?

The Center for Student Missions, a non-denominational short-term urban mission and service organization, with USA ministry sites in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C., announces new locations beginning January 2002: Philadelphia and Seattle. The expansion of ministry, of course, increases CSM'S seasonal staff opportunities, particularly in the summer months. CSM is looking for "City Hosts"--room, board and a living stipend are provided. Learn more about this fine ministry opportunity at the Web site below.

Gospel Coalition

In recent years, the ability to travel long distances in a (relatively) short amount of time has opened up a new world of opportunity for local churches to participate in cross-cultural missions. More churches are sending teams on short-term mission trips today than ever before.

Guidebook to The Road Less Traveled

Short-term mission trips are just that--short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants' hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you've been looking for.

InterVarsity Press
by Tim Dearborn

InterVarsity Press
This revised and expanded edition includes updated content throughout and new chapters on facing risks, fears, and suffering, and making the most of the trip after returning home.

Josh McDowell Ministry

Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 50 years. The Ministry serves and equips the Body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out.

Mission Books

Mack And Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Mission
by J. Mack and Leeann Stiles
InterVarsity Press, 186pp

In searching through the Amazon site, I came across the following review which I thought was worth sharing since it speaks so well to the value of the book: "This book presents the basic principles of short-term missions, shows how to develop critical cross-cultural skills, and addresses specific needs short termers experience. The pages overflow with foundational scriptures and true stories from short termers who have traveled with the authors during a dozen two-month mission trips to Africa, the Middle East and Central America. The experiences presented are realistic, sometimes humorous, and often life-changing. Short term missionaries are changing the world. This book will challenge you to consider the opportunities available for a short-term mission trip. This is a great text for a small group study. It's fast paced, has short chapters, and is appropriate for high school students as well as adults. Highly recommended for mission minded individuals and congregations.

Mission Finder

Mission Finder’s mission is to list every Christian organization in the world on one website to network the Christian community.
We provide every organization with their own web page to document its efforts and help each organization carry out its mission by connecting them with local volunteers, global missionaries and financial donors. In turn, we encourage individual users of the website to discover God’s will for their life by connecting them with the organizations listed on Mission Finder.

Mission Finder

If you haven't found your way to the Mission Finders web site yet then you need to check it out (see above). Brigada Today profiled two major directories of mission opportunities (one a listing of YWAM short- term outreaches and the other a listing of opportunities available in Christian orphanages). Both of these are to be found on the Mission Finder web site. In addition to this the site contains opportunities for tentmakers, information on mission training and short term opportunities as well as major section on mission.

Mission Frontier

I doubt there isn't an article in the January 2000 issue of Mission Frontiers that hasn’t been made available electronically. The latest (and last?) one to appear in my in-box is Monroe Brewer's article "Short-Termers and the Future of American
Missions" - A mobilization strategy for the local church in the 21st century." It’s quite a useful article – despite the fact that it only seems to relate to “American" mission’s smile. Brewer works through a ten-step strategy that he has used in his own church to mobilize people for short-term missions.
Text copy of two of the articles from Mission Frontiers has come through. One is by Seth Barnes of Adventures in Missions (AIM) and identifies Ten Emerging Trends in Short-Term Mission. The other is by Luis Bush of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement and contrasts the relative benefits and pitfalls of both long- and short-term missions. If you'd like copy of either or both of these articles, let Bob know. Hard copy of Mission Frontiers should be arriving in New Zealand soon for distribution.

Missions Information Encyclopedia

Dave Mays' Missions "Stuff" The "Stuff" book is an encyclopedia of all the things you wanted to know about doing missions but didn't know whom to ask. It is a compilation of one-page lists, outlines, forms, and resources covering everything from Short Term Missions Policies to Missions Pastor Job Descriptions. It is meant to be a reference book for local church leaders and those helping churches in missions.

Mission Nannys

This US based ministry is intended to assist those mature Christian women over 50 years of age who wish to apply their domestic skills to assist a missionary family or single missionaries by providing help as a nanny or nannies, helping with cooking, music, education, teaching, entertainment, shopping, babysitting, where children are involved. This can be an ideal ministry for senior and retired women, and a wonderful opportunity for a short-term mission’s experience.

Mission Training International
Mission Training International has cross-cultural missionary training and debriefing programs.

Mission Training International’s vision is to see cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ experience effectiveness, endurance and personal vitality. MTI accomplishes this through two main programs: COMPASS and DAR.
Doing cross-cultural ministry is difficult and requires more than a sense of calling. It requires a broad set of skills and a healthy approach to life and ministry. A large majority of cross-cultural workers aren’t adequately prepared for their calling, which leads to frustration, burn-out, or more destructive patterns. This is where MTI can help. For 60 years, MTI has been providing relevant, practical, in-residence training on the make-or-break issues that help make cross-cultural messengers of the Gospel more effective. There are three dimensions to our unique approach to training:

Servant Life Sote

Since its inception in 1999, Servant Life has been a mission-mobilizing ministry providing dynamic mission experiences for students and church groups. Our aim is to connect students' love for God to the nations through His Word and by His Spirit. Currently Servant Life sends short-term mission teams to eleven countries, including two locations in the United States. Be a part of the Great Commission and let us help connect you to the nations.

Short Term Missions

A US based website devoted to helping people find all of the information they need in choosing and preparing for a short-term mission is coordinated, produced, and maintained by Mission Data International (m-DAT) and its volunteers. Short-Term Mission Resources

Short Term Missions: Are they worth the cost? - PDF

Short Term Missions Database

This is a database of short-term opportunities put together by Mission Network News and includes positions available to mainly US folk. Many organizations, though, will be open to applications from outside the US. Websites:

Short-Term Mission How-To Resources

STEM Int1l wants to help you and your group do short-term missions right! STEM sells short-term mission books and resources at a large discount. Learn everything you need to know to do your mission right. Resources include Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions; Vacations with A Purpose; The Essential Guide to the Short-Term Mission Trip; and other popular how- to publications.

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The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip

Go into all the world and make disciples." Shortly before He ascended into heaven, Jesus spoke these words to His disciples and followers thereafter. While people vary in their personal application of this command, many people are becoming part of the increasingly growing short-term mission trips. In The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip, David Forward helps prepare leaders and members on the team for their experience as volunteers for the cause of Christ. He covers all sorts of topics, including cultural sensitivity, raising financial support, choosing a team, pre-trip team meetings, what to bring, clearing, customs, and after-trip debriefing.


In 1987, Tim Kuck, President of TCCI, went on his first mission trip to Guatemala with the late Peter Farrant, John and Rita Pappa (current missionaries with TCCI), Dr. Milton Aponte, and Dr. Henry Dumas. While in Guatemala, God did a deep work in Tim's heart. In 1992, after taking several more trips to Guatemala, a retreat was held in Florida with a group of approximately 10 people to pray about formalizing to be more effective in ministry. This group did not want to look back and have regret at taking many trips, but failing to make disciples and bear real fruit. By the end of the retreat, by God's prompting,

TSC Missions - PDF

To Every Tribe

Occasionally I come across mission web sites that are of interest, or people send me a message telling me to take a look. Here are two of them.
Global Missions Fellowship is based in Dallas, Texas and specializes in taking people on short-term trips and, with the help of a mother church, partner with translators to plant a daughter church. According to Bob Sjogren they have a good success rate.
To Every Tribe Ministries, also based in Texas, focuses on planting churches in the interior, unevangelised regions of Papua New Guinea and Mexico. A vital part of its ministry includes mobilising and equipping existing churches to reproduce and become missionary sending churches themselves. This web site will be relevant to anyone interested in tribal peoples.

Youth with a Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry.

Youth With a Mission Worldwide

This website,, serves as the official portal for Youth With A Mission, connecting visitors to YWAM’s ministry centers all around the globe. At, our goal is to help all our visitors take their next steps to know God more closely and to serve God’s purposes for the world.

World Christian is a ministry founded in 1986 in Amsterdam by former long-term missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Our primary focus has always been on promoting understanding of our world, so as to become better at "being in the world" (without being conformed to it).Our Mission: To increase understanding of the Great Commission within our contemporary and globalized world that will lead to more prayerful and informed engagement.

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