Planning a Mission Trip: Timeline

Planning a Mission Trip: Timeline

One important part of planning a mission trip is a good timeline. You need to give yourself an enough amount of time to effectively plan, prepare, and execute. Here are some tips when it comes to the timeline of planning a mission trip, as well as, some reminders of things to think about for each mission trip whether it is a domestic or foreign mission trip.

Where are we going?  Domestic or Foreign?

  • This will help give you the direction for training, funding.
  • Learn the area for customs, population demographics, crime rate, history of the church and past mission work.
  • You will leave in a few days and the local congregation has to build upon your work.
  • You will need to fee, house, transport and provide materials for everyone.
  • Do not assume the local congregation will provide any of these things.
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Planning a Mission Trip: Follow Up

Planning a Mission Trip: Follow Up

Once you have planned, prepared, and executed, we must have to make the mission trip stick. We need to follow up and reinforce the things we learned while in the mission field. This is one of the most important components of a youth mission trip. Recently, I have read several articles that did not give positive reviews to short term missions, especially youth missions. They argue that what the team members learned and put in to practice was not sticking with them upon returning home. I believe it is because of poor follow-up. So, this is an area that I believe we could do a better job in when returning home. It is crucial that we have a follow-up plane.

Every mission trip should be done with the mindset of using the knowledge gained while doing mission work, in our everyday life.

The lessons we learned and the knowledge that was gained through the prep and execution should be what we use in everyday life once we get back. As ministers, we must do a better job of implementing these things in our planning, our classes, and our ministry purpose.

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Planning a Mission Trip: Execution

Planning a Mission Trip: Execution

Now that the prep work is complete, what do you do now? It is time to execute your plan and fulfill your mission in whatever place you have chosen. Everything you have done has led you to the dates of your mission trip and it's time to watch your plan of action come together. 

Here are some things to remember during the execution stage:

It is important to remain flexible. As one of our students put it, “you should expect the unexpected” – That’s important to remember. One day it was raining during our mission trip and we had to completely change our setup for the neighborhood bible school. So, things do happen and change, but we have to go with the flow! Remind your mission team daily to remember to be flexible. Let God work the way that He sees fit and allow Him to do some incredible things during your mission trip. Not everything will go according to your plan and that is okay! In fact one of our requirements was, "Individual must be a team-player and flexible as circumstances and schedule will change from time to time."

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Planning a Mission Trip: Preparation

Planning a Mission Trip: Preparation

Each summer youth groups from all over the United States load up on vans, buses, airplanes, or other modes of transportation as they travel to another place in the world to do mission work. This has become an important part of the summer planning for many youth ministers. However, there are some Youth Ministers who are still getting their feet wet or parents and youth deacons who are trying to put a mission trip together. It's that time of year again as people begin to look to next summer's mission trip.

Over the next several weeks, I would like to outline several important steps to consider as you plan your next mission trip. These articles will mainly be geared toward youth mission trips, but these tips can be very helpful when planning any mission trip.

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