Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-1-2013

Abstract

The global missions community goes wanting for skilled workers in almost every discipline. However, even students at a Christian institution that emphasizes global engagement remain largely unaware of the impact they can make in missions by leveraging their own academic specialty. In this paper, we draw on our experience leading discipline-specific missions trips as a means to encourage students to reframe their thinking about personal involvement in missions. We discuss the need for students to experience missions firsthand, and the student outcomes we have observed in intercultural awareness and spiritual formation. A key student outcome is an increased willingness to consider vocational missions service in both internships and full-time service after graduation. We also offer practical guidance for faculty or staff interested in leading discipline-specific missions trips with their students. Although our experience is with Computer Science missions trips, the majority of the material here is applicable across academic disciplines.

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