Purvis, Tommy G. Partnership in crosscultural mission: The impact of
Between 1985 and time of study 79 short-term volunteers from the 38 churches of the Caldwell/Lyon Baptist Association (sub-group of the Kentucky Baptist Convention) went on short-term mission trips to Brazil and Kenya.
A survey and interviews of these volunteers indicate a positive correlation between participating in a short-term mission and increased mission giving, mission knowledge, attitude towards career missionary service, and view of future short-term service.
a) Methodology (p.66)
b) Demographics of the sample (pp.71-72)
1) Increased greatly: 13 people (19%)
2) Increased some: 38 people (57%)
3) Giving at the same level: 16 people (24%)
* Apparently no one responded that they were giving less than before.
* In interviews of 24 of the 68 respondents, 10 reported giving strongly to
missions already before their trips.
*Purvis also shows that churches that sent more volunteers received higher
missions receipts. (pp.108-111)
1) Increased greatly: 51 people (75%)
2) Increased some: 14 people (21%)
3) Same level of knowledge: 3 people (4%)
*The interviews gave more detailed data on how their knowledge increased.
1) Available for future short-term ministry and will encourage others [to do
short-term missions]: 51 people (77%).
2) Available for future short-term ministry: 10 people (15%).
3) Good one time experience and will encourage others: 4 people (6%).
4) Not a good experience, but would not discourage others: 1 person (2%).
*the last category, which no one picked, was "It was a bad experience, and I
would not participate again nor encourage others to participate."