Course Summary:

Following in the tradition of Bible missionaries, the modern short-term Christian mission movement began in the United States during the late 1950s. Today, it is estimated that more than 2 million participants from the United States go on mission trips every year. Mission trips require work and commitment but can be very rewarding. This 35-minute course will help congregants make the most out of a mission trip.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what is involved in choosing a location and mission type for your mission trip
  • Learn about different types of mission trips
  • Identify a checklist of arrangements you need to make before departure
  • Recognize appropriate interactions and security concerns
  • Have reasonable expectations for your mission trip

Key Topics Include:

  • Deciding to Serve a Mission Trip
  • Types of Mission Trips: Outreach, Care Package, and Medical Mission Trips; Construction and Disaster Relief Mission Trips; Practical Skills Training, Family Ministry, and Family Mission Trips
  • Preparations for Your Mission Trip: Physical, Emotional/Mental, Financial, and Spiritual
  • Your Checklist Before Departure: Six to 12 Months Prior, Three Months Prior, One Month Prior, Three Days Prior and Departure Day
  • Packing Tips and Going Through Customs
  • Rules of Engagement and Appropriate Interactions
  • Sleeping and Other Arrangements
  • Traveling Safely
  • Tips for a Successful Mission Trip
  • Returning Home