Standards Introductory Workshop | September 2024


MissionExcellence Standards Introductory Workshop (SIW) is a 12-hour seminar designed to help short-term mission leaders and mobilizers make their mission trips better. We’ll look at all Seven Standards and how these are key elements of successful, God-honoring mission trips. The workshop is taught by experienced MissionExcellence trainers, is interactive, and uses case studies and small group discussions. You’ll discover the benefits of The Standards and begin applying them to your specific ministry context! 

The SIW includes a resource notebook and snacks, drinks and lunch on both days. 

Dates of SIW:

Monday, September 23 – Tuesday, September 24, 2024


Sessions are from 8:30 AM -2:30 PM ET both days.


Merritt Island, Florida (45 mins outside Orlando)

This event is being hosted by Teen Missions International. On-site lodging and meals can be arranged through Legacy Lakes Retreat Center

Please contact Shonn Foy at for costs and to make a reservation.


$150 p/p [Members]

$175 p/p [Non-Members]

$155 p/p [Group (3+ attendees)]

*Includes resource notebook and snacks, drinks and lunch both days


What is an SIW?


The SIW is an 8-10 hour seminar designed to help adoptive members understand how they can incorporate and achieve competence in all Seven Standards. It also provides a review of how to form and manage a Peer Review process, should a member organization desire to pursue full accreditation. The workshops are taught by experienced MissionExcellence trainers (usually two). They are interactive, use case studies and small group discussions. MISTM-grid theory and the supporting principles behind the standards are reviewed. Most of the SIWs will be piggy-backed as a pre-conference onto ongoing MissionExcellence Approved Training Conferences. This helps reduce time and travel expense.


The SIW is a one-time required workshop for MissionExcellence member organizations. We ask members to maintain at least one staff member who has attended an SIW, but time is allowed following initial adoption and during staff transition.

What is an approved conference?


The MissionExcellence approves certain national conferences that help you fulfill the MissionExcellence training requirement (sponsored by different hosting groups). These approved conferences will provide STM electives as one part of their overall conference theme or will be entirely devoted to training in STM. Some of these conferences will also host the required Standards Introductory Workshop (SIW) as a pre- or post-conference event.


We ask that you send at least one of your key staff (preferably most) to an MissionExcellence-approved training conference at least once every three years for continuing education and to maintain good standing.


Experienced STM speakers with diverse backgrounds from churches, agencies, schools, and other organizations provide the training, according to the design of the given host conference.


Each host conference determines its own registration fees, room, board and other costs. Some conferences provide early registration discounts. Click on the links below for more information.