Short-term mission tips have become more popular in the last few years. In a story in The Wall Street Journal the question is asked whether these trips are part of the Great Commission or glorified sightseeing? Short-term mission trips typically include activities like church planting, health care and economic development, but are they worth the cost? Are they the best way to achieve these goals?
The story says that some critics argue that these short-term trips turn into sightseeing adventures and the economic turnover is too great. If the church wants to get the best return on their investment, they should simply send a check to the missionaries on the field.
However, many would argue that these short trips become a learning exchange that benefits both parties and the large financial cost is worth the endeavor.
What do you think?
Are short-term mission trips worth the excessive amount of finances?
Have you been on a short term trip that was not worth the cost?