Recent discussions questioning the validity and effectiveness of short-term missions have centered on issues such as:
Is STM a wise stewardship of funds that could be used in other ways?
How distinctly Gospel-driven are many of the humanitarian project trips that we increasingly send? Are churches truly being planted because of such trips? One missions pastor in Indianapolis is receiving an increasing number of short-term applications for funds, for trips with secular organizations that have no intentions of presenting the Gospel.
Would it be more effective and efficient to send short-term trips to cross-cultural sites in the US?
Here are but a few articles discussing the pros and cons of short-term missions:
- Short-Term Missions: Is the Price Tag Worth It?
- Are Short-Term Missions Trips Worth The Trouble?
- Re-Thinking the $3,000 Missions Trip
- Short-Term Missions: Are They Worth The Cost?
- In Praise of Short-Term Missions
- Churches Re-Tool Mission Trips