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  • Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions Leader's Guide

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions Leader's Guide

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With over 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. This stand-alone resource applies the principles of that book specifically to short term missions.

Helping Without Hurting: Short Term Missions Leader's Guide is aimed at the preparation and debriefing of short-term missionaries. Accompanying Helping Without Hurting: Short Term Missions Participants' Guide, it is an ideal resource for church leaders, missions pastors, and youth pastors who make short-term missions planning decisions and desire to prevent inadvertent harm as they enter materially poor communities.

With direction for designing STMs well in light of the principles of When Helping Hurt, practical examples from short-term trips to illustrate those principles, and suggested resources for further learning and implimentatin, this guide is an all-in-one manual for leaders. Plus, it shows the content of the participant's guide with annotation and teaching notes to guide leaders as they facilitate sessions with participants.

About the Authors

Steve Corbett
STEVE CORBETT is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center at Covenant College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.

Brian Fikkert
DR. BRIAN FIKKERT (PhD, Yale University) is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College, where he has also served as a Professor of Economics and Community Development since 1997. He has published numerous articles in academic and popular journals and is co-author of six books, including the best-selling When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself. Brian and his wife, Jill, have three adult children.


Our world is rapidly changing, even in the way we do ¿Christ-exalting ¿missions! In this helpful book, the Chalmers Center has given us an insightful resource that will equip short-term mission teams to avoid pitfalls of crossing cultures, especially for those embarking on communities challenged by poverty. Teams will build their capacity to learn well, honor partnerships and maximize the good they wish to do by using this guidebook to help design their objectives with faithful presence, ¿understanding and humility.

JOHN H. SATHER, National Director of ¿Cru Inner City¿


. . . This [curriculum] takes the best of the revolutionary work from When Helping Hurts and makes it practical for short-term mission teams traveling near and far. I highly commend this resource to you as a way to serve with cultural intelligence.

DAVID LIVERMORE, PhD, Author of Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence


. . . Being a community development organization that has sent thousands of people on short-term trips to developing countries over the years, we are thrilled to introduce Fikkert and Corbett's latest work as a relevant, vital resource for our staff and teams. It is our strong desire that every church, school, and NGO sending (or receiving) short-term teams would not only read this book, but study it—critically evaluating the work being accomplished, and applying its principles to ensure teams are "helping without hurting."

KURT KANDLER, Executive Director of The 410 Bridge


. . . If everyone responsible for sending or receiving a short-term service team can work through this resource—and take seriously its recommendations—I have no doubt that we will see the fruit in changed lives and stronger relationships within the global church.

BRIAN HOWELL, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College, author of Short-Term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel Narrative and Experience


Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions is one of the most useful guides on STM in print. . . . [When Helping Hurts] shaped the way compassionate people should think about engaging the materially poor. This book guides the way for short-term missioners to accompany the poor in real and lasting transformation.

DANIEL RICKETT, PhD, Cofounder of Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries, author of Making Your Partnership Work


. . . These principles will help the church move beyond good intentions and toward a discipleship model that equips team members to become life long missionaries wherever they are, encourages partnership with local churches globally, and truly helps advance the work of God globally.

JEFF WARD, Director of External Focus at Watermark Community Church


. . . What really sells me on these materials is that they address what to me is the #1 question for STM participants: How do we make sure the two week mission experience turns into a long-term commitment both to the project we visited and to serving in the communities where we live?

KURT VER BEEK, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Calvin College


. . . There is no short cut to living the incarnation among others in another culture. Anyone serious about truly helping will immediately see the value of this book and be grateful to put it to good use.

SCOTT STEELE, Executive Director at Cherokee Gives Back Foundation


Finally, a short-term missions curriculum that gets it right! For too long church leaders have known something is wrong with the way the church does short-term missions, but not how to fix it. This book will change that. It starts with an honest appraisal of the mistakes we've been making but moves on to provide smart, practical tools to transform the way we do short-term missions. A must read for any group that wants to do short-term missions right. Two thumbs way up!

JO ANN VAN ENGEN, Co-director, Semester in Honduras, Calvin College


Our short-term mission culture warrants major rethinking. This book is a priceless tool because it helps do just that, providing an alternative paradigm for cross-cultural engagement and a framework for the "messy" process of reform. . . .

TIM RITTER, Discipleship Coordinator at Reality SF


Yes, yes, yes! This book could change the way we do missions. Every chapter is right on target, delineating the costs and complexity of a trip, and demonstrating how to make it part of long-term engagement. . . .

MIRIAM ADENEY, PhD, Associate Professor of Global and Urban Ministry at Seattle Pacific University, author of Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity


This book challenges stewardship of our finances, encourages accountability, and acknowledges that cross-cultural interaction is an incredible process when done with plenty of grace.

MCKENNA RAASCH, Director of Global Outreach at Calvary Church, Los Gatos

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Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1229-4
Publish Date: October 2014
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25
Format: Paperback