Mark Adams is from Nashville, Tennessee. He met his wife Carolina while the two of them were completing their undergraduate studies at Harding University (2003). Mark completed his MDiv at the Harding School of Theology (2011) and his Doctor of Ministry from Lipscomb University (2016).
Mark is currently the lead minister for the Kings Crossing Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, Texas, having previously served churches in Tennessee and Arkansas. In addition to his responsibilities as the preaching minister, Mark and Carolina lead a biennial short-term mission trip to Costa Rica. Mark is enthusiastic about short-term missions, and enjoys coaching trip leaders on how to maximize the effectiveness of these efforts, both abroad and at home.
Short-term missions are a significant part of the growing up experience as a Christian in Western, developed nations. Millions have participated in these efforts, and with the amount of resources directed towards them, it is incumbent upon trip leaders to make their efforts as impactful as possible, both for the communities that receive their trips and for the congregations involved in making these trips possible. Concurrent with the growing popularity of short-term missions is the missional church movement. This movement has provided a source of refocus and renewal for Western Christianity, as Christians have needed to take a fresh look at their own nations, once strongholds of Christianity, that now becoming mission fields around them.
The two movements carry great significance in the modern Christian context, and it is productive to explore ways in which the two can inform and benefit each other. This project is a case study of the Kings Crossing Church of Christ, who participated in a short-term mission trip to Costa Rica in 2015. The project involved members of the church in interviews--a majority of who did not physically go on the trip--to learn how they believed that the mission trip impacted the congregation as a result of its participation in the trip. I evaluated the responses of all interviewees through the lens of missional theology to answer a question: How can a congregation’s involvement in a short-term mission trip help the sending congregation to become more missional? Based upon my findings, I suggest three specific hypotheses about how a congregation's involvement in short-term missions may help a congregation to become more missional.
Missional Church Movement
Dr. Earl Lavender