When it comes to a standard of excellence for short term mission work, many newbies feel that good intentions and a positive outlook are what you need to make lasting difference.
The problem is that they are wrong, really wrong.
Sure, good intentions and positivity are very helpful, but we all know people who have a great attitude but make horrible mistakes. Any soccer team can all smile and like hanging out with one another, but they still need to score more goals to win the world cup.
What are the goal posts for Short Term Mission?
In order to check if we are effective, we need to know if we have scored a goal. That means that we need to evaluate our work. And it is best to get an evaluation from someone who knows a thing or two about what we are trying to do. Check in with a recognized expert in the field. Your mom may think you are awesome, but that doesn’t mean you are…
A standard of excellence for Short Term Mission
A tool I have used for many years is the very helpful EFC Code of Best Practices. The code helps to set a minimum standard of preparation for teams and individuals engaging in international mission.
When I began training, and then started using this tool, I knew I was sadly lacking in many areas. I started small, worked on improving what I was doing well. I started adding a new element here and there, and over time I created a killer process for developing the best STM teams. Hosts began to notice the difference, they loved what they saw!
Check them out for yourself, examine your own preparation process against the standards, and contact me if you want to compare notes.
Or, if you want a much more interesting way to reach the standard, you may want to take the course. It is all about practical steps to reach each of these lofty goals without feeling like you are back in school 🙂