Good or Bad: Short Term Teams?

If you have been a part of the Christian world for any amount of time, you are likely familiar with short-term mission trips. A group of well-intentioned people raise money to travel to another community (often overseas, but not always) to do ministry work. There is a lot of conversation over how effective or even healthy for local people these kinds of trips are. Some argue they offer exposure and connection of the Church, while others argue they are overpriced feel-good vacations that take work away from locals at a cheaper price. It is easy to find valid points on either side. We are not here to argue their validity or prove one perspective. We are here to acknowledge that people are going to continue to go on short-term mission trips, and if they are, we would like to encourage some healthy perspective before doing so.

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