Global Connections is committed to helping member organisations with short-term mission programmes operate at the highest standard of practice possible. The Global Connections Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission is designed to apply to all gap year, individual placements, electives and team trips of up to two years duration that have been organised by UK mission agencies, churches and other Christian organisations. Though formed initially with cross-cultural contexts in mind, it can apply to both UK and overseas situations, both same-culture and cross-cultural.
It is a Code of Best Practice. Our motivation is based on our desire that God is glorified in all that we do. We also recognise our responsibility towards all participants and partners in our programmes - that we serve them to the highest standards possible. The Code does not necessarily indicate current achievement, but rather our aspirations towards high standards in short-term mission practice. It is recognised that not every situation permits a literal application of every element of the Code. Nonetheless some minimum accomplishments are implied in the Code.
The Code offers organisations the opportunity to review, clarify and improve their practice and approved organisations can then use the CBP quality stamp to demonstrate their participation. If your organisation or church runs qualifying short-term opportunities, we invite you to review the code to see whether you still qualify and are eligible to display the quality stamp for 2021-2022. Please note that this is a Global Connections member benefit and if you decide to cease membership, your CBP recognition will be revoked.
Simply click the link below to start the process and submit your application; there are some helpful documents on the right that can assist you. We are not setting a specific deadline at this stage given the uncertainty around how long this crisis will last, but we will be in touch again after public health advice deems it safe to get back to some kind of normality. If you have any questions, please send Kate Hodge an email and she will get back to you as soon as possible.