STM Resources


And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

STM Planning Tools

Missions: The Biblical Motive and Aim compiles John M. L. Young’s 1964 pamphlet series on the theology of missions.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need.

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leaders Guide includes practical examples, suggested resources, and a participants guide, for designing STMs in light of the principles of When Helping Hurts.

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participants Guide is an ideal resource for preparing people to serve in a short term capacity without hurting the poor they are trying to serve.

STM Toolbox can walk you through the entire process of planning a short term mission trip – from the “idea stage” to debriefing your team.

The Next Mile provides practical tools and training for short-term mission experiences with emphasis on post-ministry follow-through.

10 Steps for Doing Short-Term Missions Trips Well relates the down-to-earth experience and perspective of an unorthodox missionary blogger.

Short Term Team Insurance explains why international health insurance is critical to protecting the health and safety of your team.

Insurance Services of America offers a variety of group and individual travel insurance options.

US-CERT cautions you to consider the wireless network you are using when traveling.

Disaster Response Tools

Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guide helps congregations take some basic and important steps toward resiliency and intentionality in response to disaster so that they will be better able to serve their communities when disasters strike.

FEMA Guide for Developing an Emergency Operations Plan outlines how houses of worship can take steps to plan for potential emergencies (violent acts, fires, disasters, etc.) through the creation of an Emergency Operations Plan.

Emergency Preparedness for People Who Use Assistive Technology offers guidelines for people who use assistive technology such as a wheelchair, ventilator, hearing aids, etc.

Tips for Preparing an Insurance Claim includes advice on properly documenting damages incurred during a disaster.

OPC Short-Term Missions Tools

Karamoja Handbook is a carefully detailed visitors guide that is must-reading for anyone considering short-term service in Uganda.

What is English Camp describes the background and mission of the summer English Family Camp that Bayview OPC (Chula Vista, CA) presents in the Czech Republic.