I was recently listening to a series of messages on short-term missions delivered at a well-know seminary in the US. The speaker spent most of his time speaking of the folly and downfalls of short-term missions. No type of short-term trip was left unscathed.
As he was speaking, I realized how ironic his criticism was. You see, he was not from the US. He was basically on a short-term theological education trip, similar to what TLI does and many other organizations that provide pastoral training.
Some types of short-term missions are worth keeping.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.