Holding the Rope*: Short Term Missions

Holding the Rope*: Short Term Missions

by Clint Archer


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Holding the Rope*: Short Term Missions by Clint Archer

Holding the Rope gives an insightful look into the preparation, philosophy, and application of short term cross-cultural ministry. Archer addresses the issues with candor, humor, and most importantly, grace. He provides viable solutions to common problems, and encourages churches, pastors, and volunteers to adopt a biblical and practical approach for engaging in short term missions. “Holding the rope” is more than a catchphrase. It articulates an entire philosophy of ministry. Christian missions is too daunting an enterprise to attempt alone, but the synergy of combined efforts can accomplish untold advancement for the kingdom of God. This book is a tool for those serving the servants, a guide and celebration of those who hold the ropes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878086283
Publisher: Carey, William Library Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 910,646
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: A Legacy of Holding the Rope xv

1 Short-Term Trip, Long-Term Damage 1

Kalahari Conundrums 2

More Harm Than Good? 3

The Ghost of STM Past 5

Interview with a Vampire 6

2 EST. AD 33: The Brilliance of the Biblical Pattern 9

Big Bang: The Birth of the Universal Church 10

One Small Step for Man 12

Save Our Soul(s) 13

Medical Missions 14

Unreached People 14

Local Believers 15

Return to Sender 16

Repeat the Sounding Joy 16

Quality Time 16

Support Letters Are Biblical 17

Gospel to Go 18

3 Ready, Aim, Fire, and Preferably in that Order: The Purpose of STM 21

Taking Aim 23

The STMers 24

The Sending Church 25

The Local Unbelievers 27

The Receiving Church 28

4 Stranger in a Strange Land: The Missionary is the Mission 31

A Unique Breed 33

A Unique Need 34

Neither Here nor There 35

Handle with Care 37

Interrogate Your Missionary 37

Arrange an Orientation Session 39

Be a Mule 39

Make Some Noise 40

Stay in Touch 40

5 Field of Dreams: Selecting a Destination 43

Teaching Trips 45

Evangelism Trips 46

Service Trips 47

6 The Dream Team: Selecting Travelers 51

Cream of the Crop vs. Bottom of the Barrel 52

The Many Faces of Experience 54

O Captain My Captain: The Team Leader 55

Lock Down Team Profile and Trip Dates 56

The Informational Meeting 56

The Application Form 57

Pretrip Bonding 61

7 The Bottom Line: Is it Worth the Money? 63

Where You Put Your Money Says a Lot to Believers 65

Where You Put Your Money Says a Lot to Unbelievers 65

Churches That Support Missions Reluctantly 66

Churches That Love Long-term Missionaries, but not STM Trips 68

Churches That Are Too Eager to Fly 68

Buying a Share in the Company 69

8 That Makes Cents: How to Raise Funds for STM Trips 73

Step 1 Set a Goal Amount 74

Step 2 Write a Support Letter 76

Step 3 Choose Your Support Base 78

Step 4 Monitor Support Level until a Critical Mass Is Reached 80

Step 5 Buy Tickets or Make Further Appeals and Cut Ballast 81

Step 6 Buy Tickets or Abort Mission 82

Step 7 Hold Fundraisers as a Team to Make Up Any Shortfall 82

Spending In-country 83

9 Round Trip: Travel and Culture Shock 85

Spiritual Carbo-loading 86

The Hazards of Time Travel 88

Speeka da Engleesh 88

Cross Your Heart: Don't Make Promises 89

Bearing Gifts, We Travel So Far 89

Flirt on the Flight Back 90

Alien Encounters: Representing Your Country 91

Food for Thought 92

The Price You Pay: Bribery 94

Book of Life 95

Lost and Found 96

Love Languages 97

10 Homeward Bound: Reentry and Follow-Through 99

The Debrief 100

Rough Landing 102

Guilt Trip 104

Communicating Your Experience 105

Travel Puffs Up 105

Expert Syndrome 106

Follow-through 108

Conclusion 111

Bibliography 113

Index 115

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