Remarkably, thirty percent of North American teenagers—millions of people between the ages of 13 and 17—have engaged in religious missions or service projects. Building on this statistic, the authors of TransforMission believe that short-term mission is one way God is taking the gospel to the nations and, concurrently, transforming the lives of these student participants.
Writing to youth ministers, missiologists, church leaders, adult volunteers, and post-high school students, they assess strategies for further promoting this kind of involvement by exploring several questions:
• What mechanisms is God employing to achieve this advance in mission?
• What is taking place in the lives of believers who are obediently participating in the fulfillment of the Great Commision?
• What are the theological and theoretical foundations for the life transformation that is occurring?
• What is the most effective means of conducting short-term mission experiences?
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About the Author
Michael S. Wilder is assistant professor of Leadership and Church Ministry, associate dean for Doctoral Studies, and doctoral coordinator and director of Supervised Ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky.
Shane W. Parker is a veteran youth pastor and researcher in the field of Youth Ministry and Missiology. He has served as a student event and conference speaker throughout North America and in Southeast Asia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Calling Them to Greatness: Short-Term Mission for Life Transformation 1
Part I Short-Term Mission in Perspective: Exploring the Bigger Picture
Chapter 1 Holding the View-Master: The Where, What, and Who of Global Mission 9
Chapter 2 What Students Are Doing: The Yesterday and Today of Student Missions 18
Chapter 3 What People Are Saying: The Two Sides of Short-Term Mission 35
Chapter 4 What Researchers Are Finding: Rose-Colored Glasses, Blinders, or Bifocals? 51
Part II Transformation in Perspective: Examining the Process and Principles
Chapter 5 Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Promise 85
Chapter 6 Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Power 99
Chapter 7 Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Premise 124
Chapter 8 Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Practice 140
Chapter 9 Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The People 161
Part III The Transformissional Dimensions of Short-Term Mission: Getting the I.D.E.A.
Chapter 10 Influence: Surround Them with Relationships 175
Chapter 11 Develop: Shape Them Through Process 189
Chapter 12 Engage: Mobilize Them for Challenge 209
Chapter 13 Assess: Evaluate Them for Change 222
Conclusion: Challenging Them to Death: The Gravity of Mission and the Weight of Student Ministry 234
Name Index 241
Scripture Index 245