Best Practices for the Short Term Mission

Introduction

The following information on organizing and conducting short term missions programs is derived from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission is designed to assist organizations in running successful programs.

Their motivation in developing these guidelines was that God is glorified in all that your program strives to do. Not every situation will lend itself to the literal application of each of these suggestions but they are advisable.

The guidelines are based on the underlying core values of commitment to culturally appropriate expressions of lifestyle and ministry activities, a commitment to all the stakeholders in the short-term mission program, such as the participants, sending local church, mission agency, and host church or ministry, to the ideals of partnership and co-operation, and to communication between the stakeholders as early and as fully as possible.

Determine Your Aims And Objectives

  • Have a defined purpose for your program.
  • Have clear and realistic aims and objectives, including how achievable your expectations of the outcomes, and a consideration of how your program serves the long-term objectives of all those involved.
  • Clearly determine the benefits to, and responsibilities of, the participants, the sending organization or local church, and the host organization, missionary, or local church and communicate them to all parties.
  • Develop partnerships when possible with your host organization to agree upon program priorities, task responsibility and ownership, and mutual expectations.
  • Include opportunities for personal and spiritual development throughout the trip for all participants.

Publicity, Selection, and Orientation

Publicity

  • Be as accurate and truthful as possible in making known what participants can expect on the trip and in describing the trip and its objectives to your sending organization.
  • Publicity should clearly represent the ethos and vision of the sending organization. It should not reflect negatively on the host culture or ministry. It should also define the purpose of the program in terms of service, discipleship, and vocation.

Selection

  • The application process, including timeline, all financial obligations, and the use of funds, should be clear and thorough.
  • A suitable selection process should be established, including selection criteria and screening. A pastoral care element should be included, regardless of whether or not the individual is accepted as a short-term participant.
  • It is essential that there is a disclosure of the relevant details concerning the short-term participant between the church, agency, and field.

Heart Lollipops Show Profit

Heart Lollipops

Of course, Heart shaped lollipops virtually sell themselves leading up to Valentine’s Day. But they sell well any time of the year. There’s a 1 case minimum, shipping is free and you will make 50% profit on each fundraising lollipop sold. Each case comes with 640 heart lollipops.

What You Should Know

Heart Lollipops are the same as all of our other lollipop fundraisers. You will make the same profit no matter how many cases of lollipops you purchase or sell. You sell the lollipops for twice what you pay for them. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. That’s the same as a 50% profit. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%

Smencils Show Profit

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Smencils scented pencils made from recycled newspapers are perfect for schools. Each scented pencil sells for $1 and is shipped in cases containing 10 buckets with 50 Smencils in each. Smencils are available in two varieties. Regular Black Lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all shipping is FREE!

What You Should Know

Profits on Smencils are extremely easy to calculate since you are buying them by the case. You will make a 40% profit on every sale which means you will make $200 profit for each case you sell. The retail price for Smencils is $1.00 so you make $0.40 profit on every Smencil sold.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Bag Garden Fundraiser

Our NEW Bag Garden Fundraiser is a terrific way to raise money AND do it in the most earth-friendly fashion possible. It’s a great selection of herbs, vegetables, and flowers to attract pollinating insects.  Available year-round we offer high-profit potential, free brochures, and order forms, and you can qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Our Bag Garden Fundraisers are like candle fundraisers. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling bag gardens as larger groups. If you sell less than 150 bag garden items, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bag garden orders will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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Yummy Licks are our #1 lollipop. They come in an assortment of all your favorite flavors. Yummy Licks Round lollipops are packaged in cases of 640   lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing   80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. Shipping is FREE.

What You Should Know

Yummy Licks Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
Snackin' in the USA

Choose from 20 mouth-watering treats all made from premium quality nuts and candies. The Snackin’ in the USA program costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply let us know how many participants you have and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them, at no charge.

What You Should Know

Snackin in the USA snack fundraising is different than some other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge you might incur would be a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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