Equipping youth through engagement in short-term mission : enhancing the spiritual formation of youth and informing their understanding of the kingdom of God through successive mentored experiences in STM, with an emphasis on long-term, cross-cultural relationships
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This in depth study of one church’s in-house student mission program presents critical elements that can guide other church bodies in the development of the spiritual formation and biblical worldview of their youth through short-term mission. Using grounded theory methodology, the leveled program aimed at providing age-appropriate successive short-term mission trips was studied, along with active students, leaders and host communities. The study was conducted in order to distill key elements transferrable to other church bodies. Critical elements that immerged include: age appropriate levels of engagement, training, mentoring, cross-cultural engagement and long-term relationship with host communities. A biblical theology of mission and feedback from a target audience of mission and youth pastors are also included.