Teambuilding, Mission Trips and Service

Teambuilding, Mission Trips and Service

Introduction

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. [Galatians 6:2]

Building a sense of community through team building, missions and retreats help youth to broaden their horizons, push their comfort zones, and allow them to participate in ministry in new and exciting ways. By connecting to something larger than themselves, young people and adult leaders alike engage in the process of holy transformation.

Training Modules

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Developing Trusted Relationships and Nurturing CommunitiesLeading theologians and pastors explore the importance of creating an environment where youth can develop …
Group of teens framing a wall on a construction site
Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission TripsLeading theologians and pastors present a model for mission trips and offer practical advice on …

Curricular and Sample Materials

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Outreach, Service and Trips
Outreach, Service and TripsArticles and readings on the benefits of outreach, service and trip experiences for youth.
Group of teens framing a wall on a construction site
Creating a Virtual Mission Trip, Service or Camp ExperienceResources for creating a virtual mission trip, service or camp experience.
Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising IdeasThis is a list of ideas for fundraising opportunities for retreats and mission trips.
Vesper Outline - San Antonio
Vesper Outline – San AntonioThis is an example of vespers for a mission trip to San Antonio, Texas.
Vesper Ideas
Vesper IdeasThis document contains several different vesper ideas for mission trips.
Vesper Outline - Belize
Vesper Outline – BelizeThis is an example of vespers for a mission trip to Belize.
Important Information for Parents
Important Information for ParentsThis is a sample of a document to create for parents with important details of mission trip travel.
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Mission Trip Packing ListExample of a packing list for a mission trip.
Mission Trip Sample Itinerary
Mission Trip Sample ItineraryExample of a detailed itinerary for a youth group mission trip.
Mission Trip Budget
Mission Trip BudgetExample template for a mission trip budget.
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Mission Trip Detailed Work PlanExample of a detailed work plan for mission trip planning and execution.
Retreat Itinerary
Retreat ItineraryExample of an itinerary for a weekend retreat.
Fundraising Email
Fundraising EmailThis is a sample of an email directed at fundraising for retreats/mission trips.
Mission Trip Leader Thank You Letter
Mission Trip Leader Thank You LetterExample of a thank you letter to a leader to be sent following a mission trip/retreat.
Fundraising Letter
Fundraising LetterThis is an example of a fundraising letter for mission trips/retreats.
Mission Trip Thank You Email/Letter to Adult Volunteers-Contractors
Mission Trip Thank You Email/Letter to Adult Volunteers-ContractorsExample of a letter to send to adult volunteers following a mission trip.
Denominational Resources
Denominational ResourcesThis contains denominational resources for mission trip locations and trip planning.
CT Retreat Centers
CT Retreat CentersThis is a partial listing of Retreat Centers in Connecticut.
Mission Trip 10 Commandments
Mission Trip 10 CommandmentsThis is a creative way of framing rules around youth group and/or mission trip expectations.
Mission Trip and Retreat Sample Forms
Mission Trip and Retreat Sample FormsThese are samples of forms that can be used for sign ups for mission trips or retreats.
Mission Trip Partners
Mission Trip PartnersThis list provides just a few of the wonderful organizations who are ready and willing to work with youth groups for mission trips.
Mission Trip Invitation Letter to Parents and Youth
Mission Trip Invitation Letter to Parents and YouthExample of a mailing to parents and youth inviting participation in a mission trip.
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Mission Trip-Retreat Site Visit ChecklistThis list contains suggested questions to ask, items to check and things to think about on a site visit for a mission trip.
Omnibus Health Form
Omnibus Health FormThis is a sample health form to use for youth groups.
Be Christ to Others
Be Christ to OthersThis is a lesson where youth can put their faith into action through service.
Playing in the Park
Playing in the ParkThis is a lesson that emphasizes community building and is appropriate for middle or high school students.
Team Reveal
Team RevealIf you have a large youth group and need to divide into teams, this lesson provides a guideline for how to make the team reveal fun and community building.
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Vesper Outline – Sharing of OurselvesThis lesson is designed to be small group discussion(s) based on scripture.
Team building exercise on a high ropes course
Team BuildingThis lesson is designed to support team building. This is particularly helpful in creating bonds before a mission trip.
Thanksgiving Service Project
Thanksgiving Service ProjectThis is a an example of an all church service project for adults, families and youth.

Articles and Readings

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Outreach, Service and Trips
Outreach, Service and TripsArticles and readings on the benefits of outreach, service and trip experiences for youth.

Best Practice Videos

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Teens constructing a timber-framed building
Service Days and Mission TripsLeading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips
Group of teenagers walking along a wooded path
RetreatsLeading Transformative Pilgrimages and Retreats