Short-term missions needs to change. Missions trips shouldn’t be a means to an end—they should be mission. This week, former missionary and professor Chip Lamca unpacks his recent dissertation work and explains how to reform the uniquely modern phenomenon of short-term missions. We also tackle guidance for college students, what “reverse short-term missions” trips are, and more in this interview.
Chip is originally from Pennsylvania and has been in the Phoenix area since 2008. He earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Missions in the area of Short-Term Mission. He and his family served as missionaries in Peru and Ecuador from 2000 to 2008 and continue the work during summers, along with Grand Canyon University students.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? A Study of the Church in the Four Provinces (Roland Allen)
- Let the Nations Be Glad (John Piper)
- Paradigms in Conflict: 15 Key Questions in Missions Today (David Hesselgrave)
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At the time of recording, I did not really have a great way for people to get in touch with me. I have a brand new Linktr.ee/ChipMission with some links to articles and podcasts. Thank you for having me on. Chip