First Third Conversations

Resources on Reclaiming the Servant's Heart for Mission

Want to dig deeper in the First Third conversation on mission?

Here are two books on mission experiences:


Mission Trips that Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books, 2008.

Missions Trips That Matter offers ways for leaders of short-term mission trips and service projects (sometimes called "servant trips") to mine the meaning of mission-trip experience. This approach will help groups refelct on life together as they prepare for, engage in, and return from short-term mission trips and service projects involving travel. p. 19.



Exiles on Main Street: Reframing Short-Term Mission by Scott J. Hagley from Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation edited by Dwight J. Zscheile, Eerdmans, 2012.

This essay asks whether the seemingly benign practice of short-term mission (STM) trips can facilitate a kind of exilic awareness for North American congregations. Can STM generate missional formation attuned to the fluidity, loss, and disoreintation of exile? ... Short-term missions creates an experimental space within the life of congregations in which the exilic disruption of the U.S. church can be noticed and discovered... p.59.

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