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Short-Term Missions

Kent Shaffer has a nice summary of the Barna Group’s recent research on short-term missions.  He wrote:

How do short-term mission trips affect those who go?

  • 75% say the experience changed their life in some way
  • 25% say it helped them become more aware of other people’s struggles
  • 16% say it taught them more about poverty, justice, or the world
  • 11% say it increased their compassion
  • 9% say it enriched their faith
  • 9% say it broadened their spiritual understanding
  • 5% say it boosted their financial generosity

It would be interesting to see where our youth fall on this, but my guess is the percentages are higher.  Group recently shared some stats about the Workcamp Experience, based on the at-camp survey:

Question (% answering “yes”)

  • Did the youth leader grow closer to the youth in their group? (99%)
  • Did the youth leader feel their youth grew closer to God? (98%)
  • Did the youth group grow closer to each other as part of the camp experience? (97%)
  • Did each camper grow closer to God? (97%)
  • Would each camper want to participate in Group mission camp again? (97%)

Not bad.  I’m looking forward to our next trip already.  Speaking of which, the deadline to register is October 19.

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2 responses

  1. Carrie

    What are the goals of taking your youth on missionary trips? What is the positive/negative impact on the people you minister to?

    April 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  2. Carrie

    I think it is also important to quote Kent’s comments

    Kent Shaffer Said,
    October 7, 2008 @ 8:15 am

    @Jon

    Growing up as a missionary’s kid in Peru and having taken several short-term trips myself, I have to agree with your opinion that it is more efficient to give the money to a full-time missionary.

    I know that short-term mission trips do reach people and produce spiritual results, but overall, I see short-term mission trips more as tools to impact those who go rather than tools to impact those who are reached.

    http://churchrelevance.com/the-truth-about-short-term-mission-trips/#postcomment

    April 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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