Pivot is a leadership development resource that challenges our traditional thoughts and beliefs about God's mission in the world and our role in that mission. Many of us have participated in short-term mission trips and wondered both about the impact on the local community as well as on our team. From the mission preparation, on-site experience and pivoting back home, this resource will help train and equip individuals and congregations to think critically about mission engagement internationally, regionally and locally.
STAGE 1: PREPARATION
STAGE 1 GOAL: Intentionally form a theology of mission that becomes a foundation for the team's mission service.
Teams form together during a training program entitled "Why Practice Mission?" related to cultural training, missiology, leadership, spiritual formation and the unique ways in which CBF engages on mission. This stage requires six unit studies with face-to-face meetings, including video conferencing with their field personnel. This stage should begin at least three months prior to your scheduled departure.
STAGE 2: ON-SITE ENGAGEMENT
STAGE 2 GOAL: Learn, listen, practice and reflect on the realities of mission ministry in a non-familiar environment.
Teams engage on-site with CBF field personnel on their short-term assignment. This is not a traditional "mission trip" as teams may have done in the past. Each day, the primary tasks of the team are to listen, learn and practice. In addition to possible service ministries, individuals will learn the context, read the community and map assets.
STAGE 3: PIVOTING HOME
STAGE 3 GOAL: Reflect, transfer and practice what the team learned in your local community.
After examining their theology of mission and having learned how to practice mission from a good theological foundation by visiting CBF field personnel, the team will set its sights on a vision of home. Over five unit studies, they will unpack what they experienced, having learned the stories of people from around the world. The team will discover together the ongoing impact on their everyday lives and ministries.
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Short-term Missions Manual
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