Why we do short term teams
SHORT TERM TEAMS – A valuable Experience
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
How Does Good Shepherd respond to the Great Commission?
- We substantially support and send long-term Global Outreach Staff to establish and serve and strengthen churches around the world.
- We partner with agencies and organizations who share our priorities and philosophy of ministry and missions.
- We send short term teams to be strategically involved in evangelism and equipping ministries in other cultures, especially in areas and in the ministries of our Global Outreach staff.
We recognize that short-term teams can never substitute for those who go to live long-term in a culture, incarnating the gospel of Christ (John 1:14). At the same time, a short-term team participation can and will provide a valuable experience as our people are exposed to the needs of the World. We therefore want to encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of our short-term opportunities.
What is the Value of Short-Term Ministries?
- God can, and will use short-term workers to introduce people in other parts of the world to Christ.
- A short-term experience can have a major impact on the lives of those who go and change one’s life forever.
- A short -term experience will provide an opportunity to develop faith and confidence in God as team members learn to minister cross-culturally through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
- A short-term experience will provide the short-term worker with a great amount of hands-on ministry in cross-cultural situations.
When a Short-term team is sent to minister along Good Shepherd Global Outreach staff members, they are not only able to serve and benefit our workers, but our long-term workers will also have adequate provision for follow-up on the field after our short-term workers have returned home.
When short-term teams return home, they bring valuable cross-cultural experiences and new enthusiasm for Global Outreach to Good Shepherd.