A strategy for training Atlantic Canada leaders for short-term mission
LE3. A278 2013
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
Short-term mission is a growing phenomenon in North America, including Atlantic Canada, but is there a training method that will make it more effective? This thesis examines a theology of short-term mission, responds briefly to the major concerns of the critics and considers a proper definition of this subject matter. It also explores the benefits of short-term mission, while recognizing a need for further training, partnerships and cultural sensitivity. A detailed biblical analysis of short-term mission in scripture is provided. The research explores the present situation among Baptists in Atlantic Canada and the data are interpreted to determine implications. Finally, intentional courses of action are offered for training youth leaders in Atlantic Canada to be effective in leading their youth ministries in short-term mission. This calls for important standards of excellence within the suggested training modules. The survey among youth leaders at the Springforth 2012 youth ministry conference in Moncton, New Brunswick provides a deeper insight into the type of training required to further develop the youth leadership among Baptists in Atlantic Canada and to secure the legacy of the young people within those churches.
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