The purpose of this study is to gather understanding of the long-term effects when going on a short-term mission trip, in order to gather useful information for mission organizations and anyone who is thinking about going on one. Four qualitative interviews were performed and through coding, revealed the impact of short-term trips had major impacts in the three areas that were tested. Those areas are in self-growth, their view of people from other cultures, and the desire for future missionary endeavors. The results of this study show the importance and impact of short-term trips in a person’s life.
Keywords: short-term missions, college students, phenomenology, qualitative methods
Jerry Adair is a student in the Leonhart Schiemer School of Psychology and Biblical Counseling program. He is expected to earn a bachelors degree in Psychology 2020.