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To which of the following officially adopted statements does your organization subscribe to?
MEMBER COMMITMENTS: Commitment #1 - Seven Standards: Have your key personnel reviewed and do they philosophically agree with all Seven Standards? Do you pledge to have your STM programs honor and follow all the standards to the best of your organization's ability? Commitment #2 - Training Requirements: Have you reviewed the training requirements including maintaining at least one (preferably all) staff member at all times who has: (a) completed a Standards Introductory Workshop. (b) attended a short-term mission training conference at least once every 3 years? Commitment #3 - Annual Fee and Renewals: Do you intend to complete your annual renewal form and pay your membership dues each year? Commitment #4 - Additional Costs: Do you understand that your organization can also incur other costs (travel, food, housing and conference fees when applicable) for the Standards Introductory Workshop, STM training conferences and any Peer Review Meetings? Commitment #5 - Use of the SOE Logo and Seal: Do you intend to honor the use and display of the official SOE membership seal/logo, and to immediately and fully relinquish any and all use of the seal/logo should you: (a) choose to withdraw from the SOE (b). fail to maintain your training requirements (c). fail to submit your annual renewal form and dues payments (d) have your membership suspended or revoked?


Consider this a “pre-test” in how your organization is performing in meeting each standard. In the text area below each of the seven standards listed, please describe in 1-3 paragraphs, how your organization is meeting, or working to meet each standard. There are no right or wrong answers. The responses you provide will be helpful to compare your progress toward excellence and will be used during any future peer review.
An excellent short-term mission seeks first God’s glory and his kingdom, and is expressed through our:
  • Purpose — Centering on God’s glory and his ends throughout our entire STM process
  • Lives — Sound biblical doctrine, persistent prayer, and godliness in all our thoughts, words, and deeds
  • Methods — Wise, biblical, and culturally-appropriate methods which bear spiritual fruit
An excellent short-term mission establishes healthy, interdependent, on-going relationships between sending and receiving partners, and is expressed by:
  • Primary focus on intended receptors
  • Plans which benefit all participants
  • Mutual trust and accountability
An excellent short-term mission collaboratively plans each specific outreach for the benefit of all participants, and is expressed by:
  • On-field methods and activities aligned to long-term strategies of the partnership
  • Goer-guests' ability to implement their part of the plan
  • Host receivers' ability to implement their part of the plan
An excellent short-term mission exhibits integrity through reliable set-up and thorough administration for all participants, and is expressed by:
  • Truthfulness in promotion, finances, and reporting results
  • Appropriate risk management
  • Quality program delivery and support logistics
An excellent short-term mission screens, trains, and develops capable leadership for all participants, and is expressed by:
  • Character — Spiritually mature servant leadership
  • Skills — Prepared, competent, organized, and accountable leadership
  • Values — Empowering and equipping leadership
An excellent short-term mission prepares and equips all participants for the mutually designed outreach, and is expressed by:
  • Biblical, appropriate, and timely training
  • On-going training and equipping (pre-field, on-field, post-field)
  • Qualified trainers
An excellent short-term mission assures debriefing and appropriate follow-up for all participants, and is expressed by:
  • Comprehensive debriefing (pre-field, on-field, post-field)
  • On-field re-entry preparation
  • Post-field follow-up and evaluation