Short-term Discovery Trips: Missions Mentoring


Why a Missions Mentoring Course?

Missions Mentoring is doing what is necessary to help you get where you want or need to go, specifically for cross-cultural missions.

This course will help you:

  • Pay attention to the gospel story that God is writing in your own life before, during and after a short-term missions trip;
  • Maximize your investment of time, money, and energy for a short-term mission trip so that the outcomes are permanent and deep rather than temporary and superficial;
  • Focus intentionally on preparation, field-orientation, debriefing and long-term follow-up; otherwise, it doesn’t happen.
How the course works:
  • Courses meet once a week for five weeks via conference call;
  • Each participant identifies a mentor who takes the course with them;
  • Participants prepare for each class by reading and completing designated assignments.


  • preparing your heart
  • understanding your role in God’s story
  • knowing yourself and your team
  • spiritual gifts
  • responding to cultural conflict
  • expectations and flexibility
  • crossing cultures
  • prayer
  • worldview and spiritual warfare
  • daily living tips
  • host country training
  • making the most of your time of service
  • returning home and integration




Here are some questions* to guide the discussion between participants and their mentors:

How are you doing?
Where are you now?
How can I be praying for you?
What do you want to address?
How can we work together?

What can we celebrate?
What’s really important?
What obstacles are you facing?
Where do you want to go?
How committed are you?

What do you want to accomplish?
What are possible ways to get there?
Which path will you choose?
What will you do (who, what, when, where, how)?
How will you measure your progress?

What resources will you need to accomplish your goals (people, finances, knowledge, etc)?
What resources do you already have?
What resources are you missing?
Where will you find the resources you need?
What can I do to support you?

What’s working?
What’s not working?
What are you learning?
What needs to change?
What else needs to be done?
What further training would be helpful?
What’s next in our advocate/mentor relationship?

*SourceCoaching  101: Discover the Power of Coaching by R.E.Logan and S.Carlton. Published by Church Smart Resources. ISBN 1-889638374


Recommended Books

Coaching 101: Discover the Power of Coaching by R.E.Logan and S.Carlton (2003). Published by Church Smart Resources, 122pp. ISBN  1889638374

Mentoring for Mission: A Handbook on Leadership Principles Exemplified by Jesus Christ  by Gunter Krallman (2003) Published by Authentic Media, 255pp. ISBN 188454312X

Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction  by Keith R. Anderson and Randy D. Reese . Published by InterVarsity Press. ISBN: 978-0-8308-2210-2

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