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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Author, Author!

A while back I had the opportunity to run into Drew Dyck, one of the people responsible for putting together and getting the word out about a new resource from Christianity Today called Round Trip Missions. Round Trip Missions is a web based resource to help short-term team leaders rethink, plan, raise funds, and generally do all the stuff necessary for a successful short-term mission experience.

Drew asked me to consider writing an article for them based on one of my earlier blog posts. After about ten seconds, I of course said yes and am pleased to say they liked it and you can now read it online here.

If you like it, and even if you don't, please take a moment to leave your thoughts over at Round Trip Missions. The truth is there are some problems within the short-term mission industry. We need people to weigh in and let us know how we are doing.

Only by hearing the voices of those we serve, and those who serve with us, will we be able to improve.

Thanks, and enjoy the read!

Comments on "Author, Author!"


Blogger James' Muse said ... (1:16 PM) : 

I enjoyed the article, just as I have enjoyed your other blog. Keep it up Dave.


Blogger rockync said ... (5:19 PM) : 

Being a deist with a different spiritual perspective, I may not be the best person to comment but one thing struck me - while everyone seems to have worked hard to coordinate,develop uniformity and improve standards, it sounds like ya'll have lost an essential ingredient; passion.
Without passion there is little enthusiasm and then you lose forward motion.
Just making an observation...


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (6:30 PM) : 

Rocky, I can certainly say amen to that. I know from personal experience that most people who are active in my field are pretty passionate about Christ. But not always passionate about getting equipped to do His work.

Great comments.


Blogger rockync said ... (7:02 AM) : 

It seems like there should be a core counsel of organizers that are very good at nuts and bolts kind of work who develop the agenda for another group - the passionate orators that know how to work a crowd and are blessed with the gift to inspire and incite (in a positive way) the youth pastors and others. Not unlike the Apostles taking care of business in Jerusalem while sending out others to reach the masses.
Speakers who can fire up those youth pastors to believe they are making a difference, that they have a real mission and can have a real influence on young people whose paths in life are just crystallizing.
It then becomes easier to draw others in who can then help raise funds to ensure a healthy short term mission project.
I'm taking a lot of license here; hope I'm not offending...


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:43 AM) : 

Not at all Rocky. These are some of the issues we ourselves are raising amongst ourselves.

Good stuff! Thanks.

I will be chewing on this for awhile.


Blogger Beth said ... (10:32 PM) : 

I liked the part where you mention that mission trips are only a week or two but that we all are called to live our lives as missions everyday. But the trips do make such a difference, so they do deserve the special attention and training you desire. I wish you luck!


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