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Research

Very few scientific surveys of STM leaders, participants, or host communities have been published as books or in journals.   However, quite a few such studies have been done as master's or Ph.D. projects, and many of these theses and dissertations are available through interlibrary loan.   A few of these studies were done on quite a large scale, and their findings may have implications for the STM field in general.   Many others survey a small number of people and do not solicit input from people in host countries, so it's hard to make any generalizations from their findings.  However, some of these smaller studies still bring up interesting points that could be pursued in future research.

Surveys, Interviews, and Case Studies

The results of a survey of 100 Dallas Theological Seminary students who had been on STMs, and of surveys of mission boards and missionaries in the field, come out very positive towards the practice of short-term missions.  

A study of STM participants showed that all of them continued to pray for missions after their trips.

The author interviewed STM participants from eight congregations in the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Two surveys showed that many current long-term missionaries were motivated to follow this career by short-term mission experiences.

A survey of 953 students at 18 Christian colleges found STM participation to be among the 10 most commonly cited factors contributing to their spiritual formation.

The author administered the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, the Tennnessee Self-Concept Scale, Second Edition, and a survey of his own with questions about the STM experience, to members of a Baptist Church who went on a mission trip to Mexico .  

The author surveyed participants in Church of the Nazarene Youth in Mission STMs to Latin America in the 1980s.  

This survey of 432 participants in STEM Ministries two-week mission trips found that after their trips participants doubled giving and increased prayer for missions.   

McDonough's '96 study presented in a reader-friendly format, with added graphs and comments.  


This dissertation describes the rise of STMs and their role in pormoting a missionary vision in local congregations (based partly on responses to hundreds of surveys sent to church leaders), and outlines a cross-cultural ministry training program designed by the author and World Vision.  

The author analyzes a survey he did himself and STEM Ministries' 1991 survey.  

A survey of 522 Bible college students in U.S. and Canada about STMs.  

A case study of a Korean American Christian group that sent short-term missions Mexico.  

efore and after a one-week mission trip, 15 students from Denver Christian College answered surveys about attitude, knowledge, and behavior in relation to poverty.

The author conducted focus-group discussions with participants in a catholic college's annual 4-week service/learning trip to the Dominican Republic and interviews with program administrators.

STEM Ministries survey of 945 STM participants found that STMs caused a significant change in terms of participants' time in prayer, financial giving, and commitment to world mission.

This study is based on a survey and interviews of 79 people from the Kentucky Baptist Convention who went on STMs to Brazil and Kenya .  

The author sent a survey to 105 US pharmacists and physicians who had participated in medical missions trips.  

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Other Academic Papers on STMs

Academic Papers and Studies on STM-Related Topics

Cross-Cultural Education/Acculturation

Interaction Between Cultures

Local Control/Participation

Motivations for Volunteering Overseas

Long-Term Effects on Volunteers' Attitudes

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