‘Learn to do what is good. Seek Justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause.’ (Isaiah 1:17 HCSB)
We're passionate about short-term missions trips (STM) as they play an important role in overseas missions and development. Yet for STM trips to contribute to positive impacts in overseas communities and long-term sustainable change they must be approached wisely and should always involve detailed planning.
ACCI have developed the following two resources to equip you as you engage in short-term missions:
ETHICAL SHORT-TERM MISSIONS & VOLUNTEERING
- Online Training & Toolkit
If you are a prospective volunteer, team member, missions pastor, sending or receiving organisation, we've put this online platform together with you in mind.
This platform is our way of inviting you to be part of the conversation and community of Christians around the world who are committed to carving out new, effective and more ethical expressions of short-term missions.
You won't find much in the way of a prescriptive list of do's and don'ts on this platform. Instead we've developed a decision making framework with Christian ethics at the centre. It will provide you with a structured way of thinking through what constitutes 'good' and 'right' (the basis of ethics) in short-term missions (STM) in your context.
PROTECTING CHILDREN IN SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
This Manual is a comprehensive resource essential to any church, team coordinator and sending or receiving organisation engaging in short-term missions.
It includes practical case studies and examples, the Biblical framework for protecting children, and a step-by-step guide for how teams can run effective and child-safe STM trips. There are also great resources, handouts and a toolkit to help you coordinate your trip. These tools can be found in the manual or via the links below.
- Handout: Becoming a Child-Safe STM Team
- Handout: How Volunteers and Visitors can Best Support Vulnerable Children
Checklists & Sample Forms:
- Avoiding Harm Self-Check
- Checklist 1: Sending Organisation/Trip Coordinator
- Checklist 2: Receiving Organisation/Host
- Checklist 3: Partnership Due Diligence
- Sample Form: Application Tracking Chart
- Sample Form: Application Form
- Sample Form: Interview Questions
- Sample Form: Reference Check
- Sample Form: Applicant Review