Track: Short-Term MissionsAnnette Esler

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Short-Term Missions

For educators, church leaders, mission pastors and mission-minded individuals who are involved in short-term missions—sending, going and receiving. 

What We Are Learning About Effective Short-Term Mission Trips

Friday @ 8:30am

STM is in its adolescence, growing up from nearly nothing to a phenomenon that involves millions annually. Dr. Chris Flanders, director of the Abilene Christian University Center for Missions, and Larry Henderson, director of ACU’s STM program (which has placed nearly 1,000 summer mission interns in various parts of the world) have consulted with local churches and equipped university students for successful STM. They will bring valuable lessons to help you maximize potential opportunities and avoid major mistakes. This session would be especially helpful for those involved in leading STM groups, or training those involved in STM.

Dr. Chris Flanders

Abilene Christian University Center for Missions

Chris spent 11 years as a missionary/church planter in Thailand and has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of About Face: Rethinking Face for 21stCentury Missions. He directs the ACU Center for Missions and teaches missions and intercultural studies at the graduate and undergraduate level. He is associate editor of Missio Dei Journal ( and founding member of the Honor-Shame Network. His missional passions were initially stoked through short-term mission opportunities on the university campus, so STM is something about which he is especially passionate.

Larry Henderson

Abilene Christian University, Worldwide Witness Summer Internship Program

Larry grew up in Thailand as the son of pioneer missionaries in the 1950s and after college, returned to Thailand with his wife for 25 years of service as a missionary. He has a Masters degree in Thai Studies from Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) and a second Masters degree in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University. He has been teaching undergrad Bible and Missions at ACU for 16 years.