Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Krish Kandiah

Second Advisor

Michael Hearn

Third Advisor

William Westfall


The amount of participants sent yearly on short-term missions (STMs) and the cost to send teams is astounding. Unfortunately, the change of participants that occurs on these trips is often overstated, especially if one is to believe existing data that counters the STM mantra that “my trip changed my life.”

Section 1 examines the current status of STMs, seeking to place them in their global context. It then answers the question of why many STM trips don’t lead to participant change.

Section 2 examines the solutions to the current problem, including books, dissertations, conferences, and other media. I then state three differences between my dissertation and those proposed solutions.

Section 3 outlines my thesis. It argues that the field of experiential education provides insight into how STM trips might be facilitated to increase the likelihood that these trips will produce change. Once that pedagogical structure has been laid, Section 3 articulates themes that must be incorporated into the STM process.

Sections 4 through 6 deal with various technical aspects of the artifact.

The Appendix contains the dissertation artifact.