Wise Short-Term Missions Certificate Course

Short-term mission trips carry potential for much good and much harm. Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children.

A nine-module e-course to prepare you for long-term impact through short-term missions.

This course will prepare you for short-term mission experiences that:

  1.  Bring enduring good to children, families, and communities served
  2.  Leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of all those who participate
  3.  Honor the God who describes Himself as a Father to the fatherless

Module 1

Short-Term Volunteering:
The Good, The Bad, and The Better Way

Module 2

Vulnerable Populations

Module 3

Attachment and Child Development

Module 4


Module 5

Keeping Children Safe

Module 6

Honoring Caregivers

Module 7

Honoring Communities

Module 8

Cultural Humility

Module 9

Dignity and Honor in Volunteering

What to Expect

Expert Video Interviews

Learn from leaders like Toni Steere and Dr. Mandy Howard on how to make an impact.

Practical Examples

Case studies of better and worse approaches to short-term missions help bring principles to life.

Printable Content

Printable handouts allow participants to take concepts with them and create a foundation for group discussion within a mission team.

These resources are for you if...

You want to do better for children and families through short-term missions


You desire to make a difference with your service. Even in a short period of time, you have the potential to do good, if well trained and prepared. This course is for you.


You are responsible for organizing a group of diverse individuals into a cohesive and effective blessing to the community you intend to serve. Facilitating excellent training and preparation can help you avoid many of the pitfalls trip leaders often face. This course is for you.


You make decisions that affect dozens or hundreds of trip participants every year. You want short-term trips that benefit children, families, and communities, while connecting participants to what God is doing in the world. This course is for you.