Mission Trips: Helpful or Harmful?
Over the past years in youth ministry, there has been plenty of debate about the value of short term mission trips. Some leaders have legitimate concerns about the sustainable impact of these trips. Other have realized that mission trips can feed the consumerism/life experience checklist mentality prevalent in teenagers. Still others notice the amount of money raised and wonder what good that money could do in the local community. Candidly, my greatest concerns revolve around the expert mentality or hero complex that often accompany Western Christianity and churches. So what do we do?
Jim Collins has written about the tyranny of the “OR” and the genius of the “AND.” When we find ourselves seemingly backed into an “OR” choice, we should look for an “AND” solution. In the case of short term mission trips the choice shouldn’t be narrowed down to: “Should we do short term mission trips, risking making all the common mistakes OR should we stop sending students overseas?” Instead let’s commit ourselves to a better way: “We will continue to offer cross cultural ministry opportunities for our teenagers AND we will work hard before, during and after the trip to see the Spirit bring about sustainable change both through and in our students.”
There are just a couple of steps you need to follow to be approved for the 2017 AIM Trips.
1) If you are under 18 years old, please complete the Parent Consent Form, by following the link, and return to us via email to email@example.com Parent Consent (Under 18)
2) If you are over 18 years old, please complete the Assumption of Risk form, by following the link, and return to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Assumption of Risk (Over 18)
3) These must be completed before final approval can be given to go on the trip. It is required by insurance and National Youth Ministries of the Assemblies of God in order to purchase trip insurance.
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