A manual for leaders of overseas short-term volunteer work camps of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
H Russell Blanchard
This thesis involved a study of stewardship, an historical examination of events that led to the STVIM (Short-term Volunteers in Mission) movement, and an examination of STVIM materials to produce a uniform manual for assisting STVIM teachings. The biblical concept, based on the word, "oikonomia," traces God's plan of stewardship from creation to living-out Jesus' teachings. Historical and informational STVIM material was combined with the personal experience of the author in leading STVIM teams. The material was evaluated by 55 persons related to STVIM. This thesis resulted in the production of a STVIM leader's manual for the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC.