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Short-Term Missions Workbook: From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens [Kindle Edition]

Tim Dearborn
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Book Description

Going on a short-term missions trip can be a life- and faith-transforming experience. It can enrich the way you view the world. It will cause you to rely on God more fully. It is an opportunity to develop deep relationships with your team and the people you serve.

A short-term missions experience can also involve weeks of physical and spiritual distress. An unprepared team can wreak havoc on each other and the people they intend to serve.

To get the most out of such a missions trip, you need to go prepared. Whether you are going on your own or with a team, the keys to preparation are here in Tim Dearborn's workbook. It includes

  • Concise summary of crosscultural principles

  • Help in facing spiritual warfare

  • Tips on avoiding a tourist mentality

  • Spiritual preparation through individual or group Bible study

  • 8-week course for teams to do together

You'll get a biblical perspective on the world, gain crosscultural understanding and even prepare for reentry when you return.

If you are planning to go on a short-term missions trip, don't leave home without working through this book!

Editorial Reviews


"This is the best tool I've seen for preparing individuals for the entire short-term mission experience. The topics covered prepare the soil of one's heart to allow the transformation process to begin. Don't let a team leave without working through it!" (Bennie Ingraham, Short-Term Mission Coordinator, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and Cochair, National Short-Term Mission Conference)

"Tim Dearborn is extraordinarily wise. This workbook is an outstanding guide to help all Christians think more thoroughly about our mission in the world--wherever and however we serve. The questions in this manual are useful for each of us personally, for discussion groups, for congregations. They challenge our assumptions, upset our provincialisms, widen our horizons and deepen our visions. Most of all, this guide ushers us into following Jesus more faithfully--globally and locally." (Dr. Marva Dawn, author of How Shall We Worship?)

"This workbook is really a complete resource kit to help the short-term ministry team prepare themselves culturally and spiritually for their service. It provides just what is needed (and what we have lacked)--a program of preparation and reflection that will help turn the short-term ministry into preparation for a lifetime of service. Don't leave home without it." (Bill Dyrness, author of Changing the Mind of Missions)

" 'Mission preparation' is a spiritually invigorating, powerfully pragmatic exposure to effective global ministry. Captured passions turn into lifelong commitments; resources are maximized toward relevant actions. Tim is sharing a lifetime of wisdom. Don't leave home without it." (Honorable Robert A. Seiple, U.S. Special Ambassador for Religious Freedom (retired), and Founder and President, Institute for Global Engagement)

"The best tool to help prepare a person for the transformation process that takes place as a result of a short-term mission experience. This book does so much more than preparing a team to go. Tim helps the team integrate their on-field experiences with their lives back home." (Bennie Ingraham, Short-Term Mission Coordinator, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and Cochair, National Short-Term Mission Conference)

"Tim Dearborn's very helpful workbook draws on over twenty-five years of experience in enabling the Western church to relate in partnership for mission with the church and mission groups in the non-Western world. The workbook focuses on the key issue in short-term missions: the challenge of crossing into a different culture. It leads the short-term mission aspirant through a practical and theoretically rigorous learning process. It enables the short-term mission team member to discern the richness of the gospel as experienced and lived out by people of many cultures. I commend this book warmly." (Dr. Vinay Samuel, Founder, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)

About the Author

Dearborn is associate director for faith and development at World Vision International. Until July 2003, he was dean of the chapel and associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is also senior associate at the Institute for Global Engagement in Philadelphia and chair of the board for International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians. He earned the Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, the Th.M. in missiology at Fuller Seminary, and the M.T.S. in history of religions at Harvard University Divinity School. He has written Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, a Heart for Mission (Monrovia, 1997) and The Local Church in a Global Future (Eerdmans, 2000).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1505 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Workbook edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AKRG
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough cross-cultural preparation September 8, 2008
By J. Penn
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We used this guide to prep a team of high school students going to Peru. We assigned the chapters as homework, which they completed prior to a series of bi-weekly meetings, and we spent the meeting doing the processing activities and discussing the material Dearborn lays out. The students found it useful and memorable. I found it deep enough without getting mucky, and very user-friendly. I searched far and wide for a training resource for our students, and this was by far the best I encountered.

Note: the book is written to be used by Canadians and/or US Citizens. So when the book deals with cultural stereotypes, "We" is the US. Our group is neither, and some of the cultural stereotypes don't apply, but we were able to easily adapt the material to make it work and apply to our cultural context.

It was also VERY easy to work with the publisher to get permission to translate this book so our kids could use it, which was nice, since most missions training materials are written for English speakers and don't have publicly-available translations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mission Team Leader Guide November 15, 2010
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While I've been on many mission trips, this is the first time I have led one. I have a team of people, many of whom have never been on a mission trip. This book really helped me sort through what was important for our pre-trip training. It has great examples, activities & discussion topics. It is pretty deep and involves a large commitment by the mission trip participants, so I opted out of purchasing it for everyone and just got it for myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short-term mission trips February 5, 2014
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This is our second year to use this curriculum. The first year resulted in helping the trip-goer do a paradigm shift in their approach to serving cross-culturally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile January 6, 2015
By Cherry
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Great read before upcoming trip to Thailand.
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More About the Author

Tim Dearborn has written 10 books or monographs on mission, spiritual and social ethic related topics. He has a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen, Masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary in Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam; and in intercultural communication; and a bachelor's degree in History from Whitman College. He has taught for the University of Aberdeen, the Faculte de Theologie Evangelique in Paris, Regent College, Vancouver; Fuller Theological Seminary; Seattle Pacific University; and Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka. His wife, Kerry is a professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University. They have three grown daughters and currently five grandchildren.

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