Criteria for Listing Organizations
Organizations desiring to list mission opportunities on ShortTermMissions.com are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Registered 501(c)(3) Organization
ShortTermMissions.com only serves registered 501(c)(3) organizations. Per IRS regulations we are unable to serve ministries that operate as a for-profit business. Registered Charities in Canada, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The organization's doctrinal statement must be in agreement with ShortTermMissions.com's doctrinal statement below:
- We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired authoritative Word of God and entirely trustworthy.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in his virgin birth, his sinless life, his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, and his bodily resurrection.
- We believe that man is saved through repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
- We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.
Two or More Years of Experience
Organizations and/or their leaders must have two or more years of experience organizing, sending, and receiving mission teams. Brand-new organizations with experienced leaders are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The organization must have a reputation for operating their mission programs in a professional manner as evidenced by the following: care of trip participants; prompt response to mission trip inquiries; truth in communication; satisfactory resolution of complaints; financial dealings; and respect of those being ministered to. We recommend that sending organizations become members of the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions.
Criteria for Posted Mission Trips
Evangelistic / Disciple-Making Component
ShortTermMissions.com exists for the purpose of helping believers engage in the Great Commission. Mission trips being listed should either directly or indirectly have some evangelistic or disciple-making component. Trips that are solely humanitarian or educational, while beneficial, do not match the purpose of the website. We recommend listing these trips on a service such as ChristianVolunteering.org
Available to Believers from any Denomination
Visitors on ShortTermMission.com come from a variety of denominational and non-denominational backgrounds. Posted mission trips should not require participants to be members of a specific denomination. Denominations tend to have their own websites with mission trip listings: Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God
Frequently Asked Questions about Requirements
We are a new organization. Can the experience requirement be waived?
We consider new organizations on a case-by-case basis. We have made exceptions for new organizations whose leadership has had significant experience organizing and leading mission trips under a different organization.
We are part of a larger organization that is already listed on ShortTermMissions.com. Do we need to create an additional account or can we use the account of our parent organization?
In most cases you may use the broader organization account. The multi-user features that are part of the premium service package are designed to accommodate this. An additional account is only required if you want mission trips to be listed under a different name than the name of the broader organization. Note: YWAM bases are handled in a different manner.
We are a YWAM base. Do we need our own account?
Since each YWAM base operates autonomously, you must signup for your own account for posting opportunities on ShortTermMissions.com.
We are an orphanage or church that wants to receive mission teams. How do we list our availability?
There is not currently a way to list availability to receive mission teams or short-term missionaries. Listings are managed by organizations or churches that coordinate, organize, recruit, and send individuals and teams. We recommend networking with a sending agency that operates in your area and making them aware of your desire to work with short-term missionaries.
We are a missionary with an organization that is listed on ShortTermMissions.com. How do we post a trip?
You may contact us and we will put you in touch with the person within your organization who administers the account and posts trips for your sending agency.
We are a church. Can we list our mission trips?
Generally, ShortTermMissions.com is not a good fit for individual churches wanting to post a mission trip. We weigh this on a case-by-case basis. If your mission trips are open to people from anywhere in the US and you meet the organizational requirements it may be possible for you to post. Give us a call and we'll talk it through.
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