Free e-book – Student Mission Trip Greenhouse
Mission trips and LeaderTreks Trips are really short-term Kingdom experiences introducing and preparing students for long-term Kingdom living. Every part of a short-term mission trip is an intense training environment for following Christ. So why don’t we craft the short-term missions experience to be a greenhouse for student development, using every experience to give them the best chance for growing into a strong and healthy Christ-follower?
Student Mission Trip Greenhouse is a resource to help you create your short-term mission experience as an intentional time of growth for your students. It will guide you through important aspects of trip planning, such as the importance of pre-trip training, preparing your staff, relationship building, challenging, and teachable moments. Think about the key ingredients on a trip that will give your students the best chance for growth. Plan for what difference you want the trip to have on them when they come home in how you debrief, connect, and maintain the principles learned from the experience. Learn how to choose the right missionary partner.
A Greenhouse is simply an environment that’s intentionally focused on growth. Just like every aspect of a greenhouse contributes to the growth of strong and healthy plants, everything on a short-term mission trip – the purpose, serving others, being uncomfortable, taking risks, building community with the unlikely, and rubbing shoulders with the least – can transform students. Help your students grow into strong followers of Christ by being intentional with the few precious weeks they spend on a short-term mission trip.
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in… Read More