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For skeptics or critical thinkers needing valid scientific data to help substantiate the potential value of short-term mission trips, this cleanly typeset, spiral bound 51-page report presents the findings of a study conducted in 1996 by Calvin Theological Seminary student researcher Dan McDonough — summarized graphed, illustrated, and copy edited by Roger Peterson (13 easy-read tables, 4 graphs, 2 illustrations).
This study validated our earlier 1991 study with respect to observing substantial positive changes in mission-related prayer, giving, education, and return to the mission field — all correlated to the short-term mission program conducted by STEM Ministries.
The new knowledge produced by this study identified two specific correlations in STEM’s short-term mission program that were significantly more likely to put short-term mission participants on a path to longer-term missionary service.
This study provides helpful, evaluative data for churches, agencies, missiologists, scholars, and others concerned about ways to increase the likelihood of creating long-term career missionaries.
STEM Press exists to extend God’s glory by publishing and distributing mission materials and resources that equip, support, and improve U.S. churches’ short-term mission trip efforts.
“I just ordered resources from STEM for the first time … I was delighted with your selection of resources and your prompt order fulfillment service. I order many things via the internet and have never had better service.”
Thanks for getting [my 40 books] out so fast!
Rev. Roger Peterson
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STEM Int’l incorporated December 1984 as a Minnesota 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian missions ministry. STEM relocated to Florida in 2013.
STEM Int’l was organized into three program divisions:
1. STEM Ministries (including STEM Share) — the short-term missions trip and outreach sending divisions. Between 1985 and 2013, STEM Ministries trained and sent out more than 8,000 short-term missionaries into more than a dozen nations in the Caribbean, Central & South America, and the 10/40 Window. We estimate that 15,000 people became Christ-followers as a result! In 2009 the Lord spoke clearly to us, saying “That’s it!” — so our STEM Ministries/STEM Share programs wound down during the next 4 years; we ceased sending short-term mission trips in 2013.
(an interactive listing of all STEM-sent teams from 1985-2013 is available on the original archived STEM website)
2. STEM Training — training churches and other sending entities to achieve maximum impact in their short-term mission programs through industry-leading training events and consulting and speaking services from the mid-1990s to about 2010 — with CEO Roger Peterson periodically available on a public speaking basis.
3. STEM Press — the missions publishing division of STEM Int’l. STEM Press began somewhat “accidentally” in 1991, when STEM Founder/CEO Roger Peterson co-authored and published a solid, empirical 40-page research study on the post-field outcomes of 366 previous STEM short-term missionaries. This study (still in print) has sold several thousand copies. Is Short-Term Mission Really Worth the Time and Money? reported statistically significant changes in prayer, financial giving, commitment to world mission, mission-related activities and education, and in feelings about returning to the mission field.
STEM Int’l maintains our registered office in Minneapolis MN and our publications/administrative/shipping office near Orlando FL.
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