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5 Reasons to Plan a Mission Trip in Your Student Ministry


Mission trips allow people to connect with the work God is doing throughout the world, and we believe that students are a crucial part of that. Our team at Servant Life has two primary functions: serving local churches here in the U.S. and Canada and serving and supporting the work of missionaries around the world.


We believe mission trips can be a launching pad for all to understand better how they can plug into God’s mission at home or abroad. Here are 5 reasons to plan a mission trip for your student ministry.


1. Broaden Your Students Worldview

As students go and serve, they begin to experience that God is the Lord of the world, not just their hometown or the US. Students become more globally aware as they see that there is more to the world than what they’ve previously seen, and it helps them understand the global purpose for which God has created and called them. While meeting the physical and spiritual needs of others worldwide, students learn that no matter the culture or what language others speak, we are all humans in need of the Savior, Jesus.


2. Follow the Command of the Great Commission

In Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus gives the Great Commission, commanding that his followers would go and make disciples of all nations. By taking your student ministry on a mission trip, you are helping to fulfill the Great Commission in your student’s lives. Going on mission trips allows students to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving as He did during his ministry on Earth. On Servant Life mission trips, teams partner and work with local churches and missionaries who will continue serving after your week in making disciples.


3. Challenge Students Comfort Zone

It is easy to get stuck in a rhythm. Mission trips help us step out of our comfort zone and allow God to stretch us. Food distribution, painting a house, and leading VBS in a village are just a few examples of ways students can participate. Going on a mission trip also allows students to communicate with others and allow them to share their faith and the Gospel.


4. Brings Your Youth Group Together

Serving together in a new location allows students to meet the needs of others while building relationships with one another. In a location with different cultures and languages, students learn to rely on each other as they work together for a common goal. Mission trips encourage unity, as groups spend time together serving and traveling.


5. Catalyst For What Students Will Do After High School

It is easy to get stuck in a rhythm. Mission trips help us step out of our comfort zone and allow God to stretch us. Food distribution, painting a house, and leading VBS in a village are just a few examples of ways students can participate. Going on a mission trip also allows students to communicate with others and allow them to share their faith and the Gospel.


Our team at Servant Life would love to help plan your next mission trip for your student ministry! To learn more about our mission trips, send us a message, we'd love to connect further and see if any of our trips feel like a good fit for your group!





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