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Seminary Program Helps Congregations Plan for  Mission Trips

Bethlehem, Pa., November 14, 2008—Moravian Theological Seminary is offering a program titled “The Effective Church: Short-Term Mission Trips and Long-Term Partnerships” that is designed as a practical guide to help a congregation plan a mission trip.  The program will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, and feature four speakers that have extensive experience.  The presenters represent experiences from over 125 trips and will provide step-by-step processes; the course can enhance the ministry of local congregations by helping them spiritually prepare their team, collect and ship items needed by the people they visit and also give ideas about how their congregation can develop a long term relationship through the use of short-term mission trips.

Nelson Randolph of the Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church will speak about how to gather, ship and distribute aid and supplies, including how to deal with packing, airline regulations, shipping, and customs.   Since 1999, Randolph has led over 75 mission trips and shipped 100 tons of aid. In another session, Lisa Mixon, director of People in Mission at the Moravian Church in North America, will cover the spiritual, logistical, and team-building aspects of preparing for a mission trip. Rebecca Craver, associate director of the Antioch Project at the Moravian Church in North America, will look at how to develop a long-term presence and talk about the Moravian House on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi that serves Katrina victims. The fourth session will be presented by Jan Marsh from Church to Church Partnerships at Lehigh Presbytery on developing a long-term relationship with a church in another country. Marsh was a short-term mission leader for a Church to Church Partnership in Costa Rica for five years and now works with the Lehigh Presbytery to develop Church to Church Partnerships with Romania.

This program will be held in the Bahnson Center at the Seminary in Bethlehem, pa. The cost is $20 to attend.  Registration information can be found at www.moravianseminary.edu/conted/Fall08/ECMissionTrips.html.