Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions Leader’s Guide

Take the ideas of When Helping Hurts and apply them to short-term missions trips. Through the Leader’s Guide, discover how to design and lead a short-term mission trip that avoids harming the materially poor—and leads to lasting change in the lives of team members. Use the Participant’s Guide to prepare team members to engage in short-term missions in healthy ways and steward their experience well.

Ideal for:

  • Missions pastors, church missions committees, mission trip leaders, and participants


  • Tools to help leaders and teams prepare for trips
  • Research, real-life stories, and practical guidelines
  • Group sessions with free online videos for before, during, and after a trip
  • Thought-provoking discussion guides and journaling prompts

Moody Publishers
Barnes & Noble

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“It is our desire that every church, school, and NGO sending (or receiving) short-term teams would not only read this book, but study it—critically evaluating the work being accomplished and applying its principles to ensure teams are ‘helping without hurting.’”

– Kurt Kandler, Executive Director of The 410 Bridge