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Ten Steps to an Effective Mission Trip


Kingdom Goal: 

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”                     Revelation 7:9-10

Overall Goal for the Trip:

The goal of every mission effort is to contribute in some way to the Kingdom Goal.

Overall Goal for Individuals:

Every go-er will be significantly involved in missions in some way for the rest of their life.


  1. Go where you are wanted; go where you have ongoing ministry; and do what the church or missionary on the field wants you to do.
  2. Screen those who go.  Don't send spiritually unprepared people.
  3. Set goals for the field, the go-ers, and the church.
  4. Prepare well.  Learn about the people.  Learn some language.  Build a team.
  5. Commit to submit and serve (No rebellion.  No complaining!)
  6. Carefully prepare your logistics.

On Site:

  1. Respect the people.  Get to know some.  Be flexible.
  2. Allow God to challenge your values, priorities, and your life direction.

On Return:

  1. Report to your praying friends and to church groups.
  2. Follow through to help go-ers incorporate into their lives what God taught them.
  3. Evaluate


Reference: Short Term Mission Standards: http://www.stmstandards.org/standards/