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Short Term Mission

In working with leaders of short-term exposure travel, the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning draws from 90 years of international ministry experience, a diversity of resources, connections with denominational mission departments, and knowledge of the historical and global context of missions.

This page includes information about our seminars for leaders of short term mission,  our publications for short term mission, and other publications we stock. As a roundtable for discussions on mission, we are connected to research on short term mission. This page includes links to some of the growing research and reflections on short term mission. Also included here are downloadable documents from our publications.

Learning for International Faith Engagement (LIFE) Seminars for Mission Trip Leaders

IMG_5185These ecumenical seminars are for individuals contemplating trip leadership, those who already have groups preparing to go, and seasoned trip leaders.  They allow participants to reflect upon the practical and theological issues involved and to build their programs from beginning stages, to plan for all of the details of the actual mission exposure trip, and to focus on the essential aspects of post-trip.  Group is limited to maximum of 20 participants.  Contact your denomination office as some provide support to participants.
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“Sojourning: A Leaders Guide for Short Term Mission Travel”Sojourning publication cover

Available from the Forum, “Sojourning: A Leaders Guide for Short Term Mission Travel” which provides information and reflection for each of the stages of Mission travel; Early Discernment, First steps in Organizing a trip, Pre-trip activities with participants, the trip itself, and Post-trip activities and process. Order


Online Resources
Downloadable documents and links to research and reflection on Short Term Mission.

7 Standards of Excellence for Short Term Mission

Cost of Short Term Mission

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Code of Best Practice in Short Term Mission

Global Friendship (United Church of Canada)

Misguided Missions: 10 Worst Practices

The Spiritual Side of Mission Work Grouping

Why most mission trips are a waste of time

Academic research on short term missions:  Dr. Kurt Ver Beek’s website (Calvin College)

No Nonsense Guide to International Development



Globe Trotting or Global Citizenship: Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning

(Published by University of Toronto Press in 2014, we recommend this collection of Canadian research and thought on short term travel)

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