As CULTURELink continues to grow, so does the number of our alumni. Our goal is to be an ongoing resource to all of our alumni and ministry partners, assisting them in “making disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations.“
Since launching in 2010 and training well over 1000 leaders, we have received tremendous feedback from our seminar “Help! We’re Going on a Short-Term Trip!” This feedback has led to many questions about taking Short-Term Missions even deeper.
After surveying dozens of leaders and churches regarding questions and issues they continue to face, we received responses like:
- How do we take re-entry and debriefing deeper?
- What constitutes a healthy international partnership?
- What other ideas do you have for Team Building? And how do we better handle Team Conflict?
- In this age of social media, there seems to be a tension between raising awareness and making disciples. How do we manage “hashtag activism”?
- Speaking of social media, what are the ramifications of serving in an overly-connected, social media driven world? Can you “cheat” on your field site?
- Can you help us to better prepare for emergency issues?
- How do we gracefully combat the “cable news worldview”…especially from friends and family back home who plead with us to stay home because it’s “unsafe”?
- There are two giants that short-term leaders face in from their church: The highly skeptical pastor/elder who agrees with missions because they have to, yet refuses to embrace it…and the mentality that “Everyone should go on a short-term trip” regardless of the person or situation.
- How do you effectively develop future team leaders within your congregation and within your own team?
These responses have led to one big idea: Why not create another seminar for our alumni to take short-term missions deeper? That’s exactly what we’done.
We will be posting the next Alumni seminar here shortly.
To get more details for these seminars, the “Help! We’re Going on a Short-Term Trip!” seminars, and to register online, visit our Events page.
In the coming months, we will also expand the resources offered on our website as well. Here’s and idea of the tools and resources you can expect to find on here in the near future:
Cultural and Country Information
- Links to various sites with detailed demographic info and tips for cross-cultural interaction for specific countries.
- Downloadable graphs for specific countries to pair with the cross-cultural assessments in Session 1 of the Team Member’s Manual.
- Request custom graphs of the cross-cultural assessment for the country you’re traveling to.
Short-Term Trip Administration
- Travel Agencies & Trip Insurance
- Translation Services
- Visa and Passport Assistance
- Fundraising Platforms
- Productivity and Team Management Tools
- Bibles (for outreach and gifts)
- Sports Outreach Equipment
- Supplemental Training Tools
- Discipleship and Bible Study Resources
- Recommended Reading List
- Resources for Mid- and Long-Term Missionaries
- Recommended apps for your smart phone.
If you’d like to suggest a resource for us to share with other alumni, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.