Discipling Your Short-Term Teams
David & Elizabeth Givens, SEND International
What makes a great short-term experience? Who benefits most? The volunteer, the missionary you help, the ministry ‘over there’ or the church? How can you create a short-term experience that is a win-win for all four? What questions do you need to ask before you commit your church to a short-term ministry? When is short-term valuable enough to warrant the money spent and when does it hurt – both those who go and those they go to? How do you train a team that will work well together, disciple each other, accomplish ministry, and come back with a global vision to reach the world?
David and Elizabeth Givens have served with SEND International for 40 years in Asia, and in US recruitment, training, and communications. For the last 12 years they have directed a short-term program in China, Educational Enrichment Services International. They understand how short-term teams work and they’ve seen it all – the great, the mediocre, and the ugly.