How does rest and risk assessment apply to short-term teams?

David & Elizabeth Givens, SEND International

What does rest/risk have to do with short-term. What makes a great short-term experience? How can all benefit -- the volunteer, the missionary you work with, the ministry ‘over there’ and the home church? 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, bring restoration and not risk to the global worker there, stay safe, accomplish ministry, and come back with a global vision to reach the world?   

David and Elizabeth Givens have served with SEND International for almost 40 years in several Asian countries and the US office. Their work in SEND Communications has taken them to over 20 countries of the world, interfacing with missionaries and hearing their stories to better communicate to partners in home countries. For the last 15 years, they have worked with a large university in China as lecturers and leading large teams to host a summer English program. Liz writes for The Missions Blog, Thrive, and Ask a Missionary; and is a conference speaker. Together they have been Perspectives speakers and coordinators, short-term team trainers, parents of three global daughters, and five Third Culture grand-kids.