Leading a Deep Justice Journey
As a youth pastor I always struggled with short-term trips. It wasn’t that I couldn’t get students to go. It wasn’t even that I had a hard time raising the money. The thing I’ve always struggled with was to focus my group on the questions of why? Students and parents have a natural tendency to focus the pre-trip, trip, and post-trip on the wrong questions… “What are we doing? How are we getting there? How much is it going to cost? Will they be safe?” While those questions need to be answered they aren’t the primary reason for the trip, nor are they what the take-away from a short-term mission trip should be. Kara Powell and Brad Griffin have broken down tons of research from the Fuller Youth Institute into a brand new short-term missions curriculum that will help you focus your students on discovering Deep Justice Jouneys on their short-term trips. On Monday, Brad has a guest post which explores more about Kara’s statement in the video, “On mission trips they seem to take 3 steps forward and 2.93 steps back.” Until then I’m curious, what has been your biggest struggle with leading short-term mission trips?
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