Long before embarking on a short-term trip, a church must start by asking, “Why would we want to send a team in the first place?” Your answer to that question speaks volumes about the kind of ministry your team will do and the attitude you will have.
Some common responses include, “we want our people to get out of their comfort zones, to share the gospel, to grow in Christ, to see the world, etc.” For some churches, a short term trip is just “what we do” each summer in the line-up of ministry activities.
But if a short-term trip is simply another to-do on your church checklist, may we challenge you to rethink your vision? It may be too small.
Your motivation matters. The purpose for even a one-week trip must be shaped and carried by the highest level of leadership and cannot be taken lightly. WHY you go drastically impacts HOW you go.