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How to Plan a Mission Trip


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When thinking about mission trips, don’t get caught in the short-sited thinking of just planning a trip. Start with your heart to disciple your students in missional living that lasts a lifetime. Add to that your desire to serve and submit to the host church or ministry and consider the standards of excellence.

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How to Plan a Mission Trip

  2. 2. Change the Focus From “Where to Go?” to “Let’s Make Disciples”
  3. 3. When thinking about mission trips, don’t get caught in the short-sighted thinking of just planning a trip
  4. 4. As you ponder the trip being one aspect of discipleship, consider these things:
  5. 5. A Progression How can your students plug into the existing community outreach of your church or help advance it? Build toward that trip with some late winter and spring service projects in your own backyard Plan to go back to those service projects in August – October
  6. 6. A Rhythm You might consider a very local mission trip for your students in middle school, then a regional one for grades 9 and 10 and a longer distance trip for your older students No matter where you live You can find first/second generation immigrants Youth Unlimited has some SERVE locations that include cross-cultural learning
  7. 7. Your Teaching Our mission trip and service projects are like fence posts Talk about or even bring in and interview the business leader Who sees their career as missions or the pregnancy center director or the prayer warrior for your missionaries, etc
  8. 8. If you’re planning a trip and are planning to come to YOUTH UNLIMITED’S SERVE mission trips, keep in mind:
  9. 9. The Resource Box is full of great helps Check dates with parents early in the process Consider distance and destination Budget carefully Raise prayer support as well Plan your post-trip process in three parts
  10. 10. 616.241.5616 Youth Unlimited provides week-long mission experiences for middle and high school age students. We passionately strive to help youth leaders challenge youth to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform this world for him. to-plan-a-mission-trip To learn more, visit: