Review: Equipped for Adventure

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Equipped for Adventure: A Practical Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips by Scott Kirby was published in 2006 by New Hope Publishers. It is a handbook for making short-term mission trips happen.  This is a holistic treatment of the process of making short-term missions a centerpiece of your church’s ministry. Kirby casts vision, answers criticisms, and then proceeds step by step through the process of planning, organizing, actuating, and following up a mission trip.

I found this to be a helpful text.  Kirby provides the busy minister or volunteer with a guide to make missions a reality in any context.  I thought one of the most enlightening conversations in the book was in reference to partnerships.  The discussion helps to provide a matrix for understanding when and with whom a partnership ought to be formed.

I also found the Appendices to helpful.  These provide the resources to carry out the ideas and concepts taught in the book.  This is key.  So many other books on mission leave out the applicable.  I strongly recommend this book for those who are looking to begin doing short-term missions or bring focus to their church’s mission program.

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