Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Michael C. Whittington
Short-Term Missions, STM, Local Church, Foreign Missions, Missions, Project Serve
Biblical Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Religion
Trill, Matthew Alan, "Short-Term Missions: Developing an Effective and Sustainable Program in the Local Church" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2127.
Increasing numbers of churches, schools, and Christian ministries are sending out teams to foreign countries for brief trips. Without proper oversight these may become little more than sightseeing excursions. This project seeks to develop a ministry for the New Testament Baptist Church in Largo, Florida that will support its missionaries’ objectives and provide significant spiritual experiences for participants. The project focuses on determining proper objectives, training team members, raising funds, arranging logistical matters, and implementing components into a successful outreach. Research includes a thorough examination of biblical principles, contemporary resources on the topic, and at least sixty surveys from experienced missionaries and church staff members. The outcome will be an effective and sustainable short-term missionary program for the local church that will accomplish meaningful on-field ministry and provide participating members with a heightened awareness of foreign missionary work and an increased burden to support it faithfully.