Remarkably, 30 percent of North American teenagers—millions of people between the ages of 13 and 17—have engaged in religious missions or service projects. Building on this statistic, the authors of TransforMission believe that short-term mission is one way God is taking the Gospel to the nations and transforming the lives of these student participants.
Writing to youth ministers, missiologists, church leaders, adult volunteers, and post high school students, they assess strategies for further promoting this kind of involvement by exploring several questions, including:
- What mechanisms is God employing to achieve this advance in mission?
- What is taking place in the lives of believers who are obediently participating in the fulfillment of the Great Commission?
- What are the theological and theoretical foundations for the life transformation that is occurring?
- What is the most effective means of conducting short-term mission experiences?
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- Assesses strategies for promoting mission involvement
- Offers tools for effective mission environments
- Examines the biblical basis for missions
- Part I: Short-Term Mission in Perspective: Exploring the Bigger Picture
- Holding the View-Master: The Where, What, and Who of Global Mission
- What Students Are Doing: The Yesterday and Today of Student Missions
- What People Are Saying: The Two Sides of Short-Term Mission
- What Researchers Are Finding: Rose-Colored Glasses, Blinders, and Bifocals?
- Transformation in Perspective: Examining the Process and Principles
- Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Promise
- Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Power
- Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Premise
- Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The Practice
- Overcoming Inconsistencies for a Change: The People
- The Transformissional Dimensions of Short-Term Mission: Getting the I.D.E.A.
- Influence: Surround Them with Relationships
- Develop: Shape Them through Process
- Engage: Mobilize Them for Challenge
- Assess: Evaluate Them for Change
Praise for the Print Edition
A tremendous help for youth pastors as they seek to understand the integration of youth discipleship and short-term missions . . . a helpful Kingdom resource.
—M. David Sills, A. P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
In a generation that values social justice, the place of missions and ministry is a needed addition. I appreciate that the compassion for the world comes alongside the passion of Christ in this very pragmatic yet well-researched addition to the body of work in the area of missions and ministry.
—R. Allen Jackson, professor of youth education and director of the Youth Ministry Institute, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Every youth minister who desires to develop globally minded disciples of Jesus Christ must read this book!
—Timothy Paul Jones, professor of family ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
I look forward to the significant impact TransforMission will make in the fields of student ministry and global missions.
—Welsey Black, professor of student ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Before you start planning your next short-term mission trip, you must read TransforMission and attempt to integrate these insights from Wilder and Parker.
—Mark H. Senter III, professor of educational ministries, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- Title: TransforMission: Making Disciples through Short Term Missions
- Authors: Michael S. Wilder and Shane W. Parker
- Publisher: B&H
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pages: 256
About the Authors
Michael S. Wilder is the associate dean of doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Shane W. Parker is a veteran youth pastor and researcher in the field of youth ministry and missiology. He has served as a student event and conference speaker throughout North America and in Southeast Asia.