Would Jesus Do Short-Term Missions?

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Would Jesus go on a short-term mission trip? Dr. Robert Priest of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School addressed this question as well as many others issues facing today’s global church in the Feb. 6-8 Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program at Cedarville.

Born to career missionaries and raised in Bolivia, Priest obtained his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and returned to South America to conduct nearly two years of anthropological field research in Peru. In addition to his research, Priest has worked in a variety of ministries, including the roles of youth director and assistant pastor. He currently serves as professor of mission and intercultural studies and director of the doctor of philosophy in intercultural studies program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Priest recently served as editor of the 2006 book This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith, published by Oxford University Press. In addition to this role, he has also written on such diverse subjects as spiritual warfare, culture and conscience, and missionary kids.

His Cedarville lecture series, titled “Globetrotting for Jesus: New Paradigms in Ministry and Mission,” included topics on “What Would Jesus Do? Go on A Short-Term Mission Trip?,” “Money Matters in the Global Church” and “Doing God’s Mission with Heart, Hands, and Mind.” To order a CD, DVD, or MP3 of the series, call 1-800-333-0601 or visit www.ThePath.fm.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program is funded by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of Larchmont, N.Y. This private, nonprofit organization seeks to support men and women who truly believe, cordially love, and actively propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ in its historical and scriptural fullness. Cedarville University thanks the Thomas F. Staley Foundation for making this annual lectureship program possible.