Short-term missions trips (STM) are an important part of overseas missions and development; providing support to our missionaries and giving Australian teams a chance to expand their thinking and see the work they’re making possible. But for trips to have a positive impact in overseas communities, and support long-term sustainable change, they must be approached wisely and should always involve detailed planning.
To support people in their preparation for overseas STM trips, ACCI has developed an ethical short-term missions and volunteering online training course and toolkit. It is intended for prospective volunteers, team members and missions pastors, as well as sending and receiving organisations. The course, which is available at ethicalmissionstrips.org contains a decision- making framework, based on Christian ethics, which teaches people how to consider what is ‘good’ and ‘right’ (the basics of ethics) when making decisions.
In this way, teams and individuals can learn how to make ethical decisions – which consider all those involved in their trip – both before they depart and during the STM context they’ll be a part of.