How to think about the details that go into a mission trip.
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Guest: Dave Iannacone, Minister of Missions at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Saint Charles, Missouri
Introduction: Implement a strategy to reach others—near and far—for Christ.
- Identify people with the passion and desire to reach people for Christ.
- Enlist volunteers:
- Challenge people to action.
- Don’t think that being a missionary is a spiritual gift—something you “have” or not. All are missionaries!
- Feed people with resources and opportunities; help them see the options.
- Get support from those who aren’t actively going on mission: prayer, finances, other activities.
- Develop a budget so you can maintain your commitments.
- Manage the partnerships with those you serve.
- Train the leaders.
- Be wise stewards of all your resources: money, personnel, energy, and effort.
- Use varying strategies to bring this to your church.
- Partner with another local church; start small, if necessary.
- Consider starting local and then going “wider.”
- Everybody goes on mission when the team goes.
- Don’t shy away from funding, budgeted or not.
- Have a way for members to give whatever their resources are (dollars, prayer, etc.)
- Rethink fundraisers:
- They can also be a bonding experience for your team before they depart.
- Remember: God always shows up!
- They are often an instrument of engagement for whole church to be involved.
- Don’t duplicate already established ministries. Plug in!
- What is one place you could be in mission in your local community?
- Expand that thought—where might that grow in a larger circle?
- What established ministry might your church partner with to accomplish your goal?
- Oasis International (St. Louis region)
- Seek out international student organizations on college campuses
- Child Evangelism Fellowship
- American Red Cross
- The Salvation Army