Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Education, Religious; Education, General; Religion, General; Religion, History of
Christian, discipleship, education, indigenous, missions, pastor
Christianity | Education | History of Christianity | Missions and World Christianity | Religion
Curtis, Steven, "Educate to Equip: A Model for Educational Short-Term Missions as a Ministry of the Local Church" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 647.
Recent data show that most short-term mission trips are focused on economic and social development projects coupled with intentional and/or relational evangelism, while reproducible models for in-depth theological education during short-term missions are rare. As a missionary presently ministering in a number of underdeveloped nations, this writer has witnessed the need for, and potential benefit of, such models. To validate these conclusions, research was conducted among missions agencies and church-based missions departments to determine the efficacy of existing models to meet the educational needs in the field, as assessed through personal interviews with pastors from a representative sample of underdeveloped nations. In response to these findings, this project proposes a model for local churches to assist in training and equipping indigenous pastors by deploying short-term lay missionaries.