Rethinking Summer Mission Activity: The Mission Un-Trip

by Brittany Porch Upon canceling our summer mission trips due to Covid-19, the church Session committed to an alternative mission experience for our youth that was safe and offered a meaningful service experience. To pull this off, I had quite the task set before me....
Mission Trips Revisited

Mission Trips Revisited

I still remember the conversation. I was talking with our associate pastor about an upcoming annual youth mission trip. We both expressed some frustration with previous years’ trips. It wasn’t so much the places we had gone or the things we had done but mostly with...
The Importance of the Follow-up

The Importance of the Follow-up

By: Josh Richard I have had a dim view of church mission trips for much of my life. At best, they felt exploitative and self-righteous. At worst, they were damaging to vulnerable populations and an opportunity for a new Facebook profile photo. Anecdotally, that view...
The Transformative Power of Youth Mission Trips

The Transformative Power of Youth Mission Trips

By: Jann Treadwell All of us want to make a difference in the lives of others. This can occur as we follow Christ’s mandate to serve those in need. That said, youth leaders hope service projects also will make a difference in the faith and lives of our own youth, not...
What is the “Mission” of our Youth Mission Trips?

What is the “Mission” of our Youth Mission Trips?

By: Bill Buchanan After 9 years, we at Youth Mission Co have come to a conclusion.  We no longer lead youth mission trips. There have been many critiques about short term mission trips with teenagers.  There are stories of young people who travel far away, excited to...