“Leader’s Light!” — Topics and Programming Options

The Leader’s Light!’ is a your-needs-driven interactive training seminar designed to personally help your short-term mission leaders shine both here at home — and especially on the mission field.

Topic Options

Here are some of the Short-Term Mission training topics you may want to consider:

  • Purpose — Helping Me Understand our Church’s/Organization’s Purpose for Doing Short-Term Mission
  • Partnerships — How Do We Establish Win-Win Partnerships with the Field? (and how do we make our Field Partnerships last a long time?)
  • Risk Management — What Happens If …?, and How Should We Pull Together Our Short-Term Mission Crisis Planning? (and how do we establish crisis management policies?)
  • Training — What are the Five Crucial Training Curricula We Need to Develop Before Sending Someone on a Short-Term Mission? (and do our Field Partners also need training?)
  • De-Briefing — Who Needs to De-Briefing? And When Should it be Done? (and what’s the difference between re-entry, de-briefing, follow-up, and follow-through — and are these differences really that important?)
  • Cultural Awareness — Do We Have Any Cultural “Biases” that Might Impede Our Short-Term Mission Work? (are we Hot-Culture Climate people? or Cold-Culture Climate people? — and should we even bother to care?) 
  • MISTM Theory — Why Has “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission” Theory Become the Backbone of all Well-Run Short-Term Mission Programs? And How Can We Use the MISTM Theory and the MISTM-Grid in our own Program? (and why has the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission adopted MISTM Theory)
  • SOE — What are the 7 U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission? 
  • Team Leaders — What Kind of Specialized Training Do Our Team Leaders Need? 
  • Screening — Should We Consider Screening Potential Team Members? What About Selecting and Screening Our Leaders? 
  • Funding — Are There Any “Rules of Thumb” for Funding Our Short-Term Mission?
  • Home Office Administration — What Things is Our “Home Office” Responsible For? 
  • Start-to-Finish — What Does a Short-Term Mission Timeline Look Like? And What are the Things We’re Supposed to Be Doing in a Timely Fashion?
  • Christian Intelligence — How Should “C.I.” Inform What We Plan to Do in Our Short-Term Mission Program?
  • Programming Options

    Here are some of the programming options you may want to consider:

    • One 2- to 4-hr Session — primarily for local-area (Minneapolis/St. Paul) churches and organizations; could be a morning session; or afternoon; or evening. Could be planned any day of the week that works best for you.
    • One 6- to 8-hr Session — primarily for local-area churches and organizations; could be morning and afternoon combined; or afternoon and evening combined (with breaks). Could be planned any day of the week that works best for you.
    • One Day (12 to 15 hours) — begin at about 7:00am and end at about 10:00pm (with breaks). Could be planned any day of the week that works best for you.
    • Two Days (12 to 15 hours) — first day about 3:00pm to 10:00pm; second day about 8:00am to 4:00pm (with breaks both days). Could be planned any two consecutive days of the week that work best for you — but generally a Thursday/Friday, or Friday/Saturday option is best.
    • Three Days (18 to 21 hours) — first day about 6:00pm to 10:00pm; second day about 8:00am to 10:00pm; third day about 8:00am to 1:00pm (with breaks both days). Could be planned any three consecutive days of the week that work best for you — but generally a Thursday/Friday/Saturday option is best.    

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