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The 7 Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Missions

1. God-Centeredness An excellent short-term mission seeks first God’s glory and his kingdom, and is expressed through our: Purpose — Centering on God’s glory and his ends throughout our entire STM process Lives — Sound biblical doctrine, persistent prayer, and godliness in our thoughts, words, and deeds Methods — Wise, biblical, and culturally-appropriate methods which […]


Journeys of Faith, Session 5

Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children A Study Guide for Journeys of Faith     Although CAFO recommends these resources for further learning and exploration, it does not necessarily endorse or agree with every resource on every point.


Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leader’s Guide

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leader’s Guide takes the ideas of When Helping Hurts and applies them to short-term missions. Blending research, stories, and practical guidelines, it guides team leaders through the process of planning and implementing healthy short-term trips. In addition, the Leader’s Guide includes the content of the video-based Participant’s Guide with additional annotation for […]


Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participant’s Guide

Applying the principles of When Helping Hurts, Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participant’s Guide trains and debriefs team members through eight group sessions built around free, online video content. In conjunction with the separate Leader’s Guide, this project moves churches and teams forward in respecting materially poor communities—and translating their experience into lasting engagement […]


Protecting Children in Short-Term Missions

  A guidance manual and tool kit for churches and Christian organisations   Although CAFO recommends these resources for further learning and exploration, it does not necessarily endorse or agree with every resource on every point.


Ethical Short-Term Missions Training Tool

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, and we’re so glad that you’re here.   Although CAFO recommends these resources for further learning and exploration, it does not necessarily endorse or agree with every resource on every point.


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