The 2013 Synod Convention adopted Resolution 1-08, “To Work Together in Mission.” (adopted 738 – 31). The resolution called for the development of a “Best Practices” document for Short Term Mission work that Districts, Congregations, and other groups could use to carry out short term trips in ways that coordinate with LCMS career missionaries.

The Office of International Mission (OIM) also developed some additional resources that might be helpful for groups planning short term trips that can be found at http://lcms.org/service under “Short-Term :

1) Short-Term Team Placement Application
2) Team Leader Manual
3) Team Support Raising Manual

If you are considering an International Short Term mission trip, please take a look at the documents. The Short Term Leader Manual follows this post.