By Shawn Small / building faith; 07.25.23
“The Way of Wonder” is available for digital download at no cost - because we all have the same core desire: connecting people with wonder.
To find out more about the curriculum or Wonder Voyage, visit their website here.
Another option to consider is a service learning trip. This article describes how one church organized a youth trip focused on racial justice that included learning at museums and historic sites as well as connecting with local organizations to serve members of their wider community.
This article shares the story of how one Episcopal diocese facilitated a youth pilgrimage in their state that focused on creation care. It includes planning tips and resource samples that communities and dioceses can draw upon for a pilgrimage in their own locations.
This article offers guidance for discerning a mission trip project that contributes to "mutual relationship" and "empowerment." It may be particularly useful for youth leaders considering planning a mission trip for 2024 and beyond.
This article highlights both distinctive and common features of mission trips and pilgrimages. It can be helpful for discerning what kind of youth trip your community may be called to take.
by Dr. Andrew Zirschky
In this article Dr. Zirschky examines the the theological concept “Mission is the mother of theology,” written by German theologian Martin Kähler in 1908. That phrase has been repeated in countless published works and sermons, because Kähler captured an essential truth: That historically, theology only develops and matures when it is grounded in practical mission work.
by Rev. Steve Cheyney
In this article, campus pastor Rev. Steve Cheyney, challenges some common assertions about how to do mission while giving practical guardrails to help create stronger and more theologically informed mission trips.
by Dr. Andrew Root
In this article Dr. Andrew Root asks the difficult questions of the short term mission trip culture in American Christianity. Through theological introspection he challenges youth workers to think more theologically and less programmatically about the impact of these Summer activities.
by Bani Amor
Swap "mission trips" for "vacations" and this article is well worth the read.
The current political landscape is inspiring more people from the U.S. and abroad to visit the sites where the civil rights movement made history.
See The Ministry Lab's Virtual Co-Mission Trips Great Idea for intentions, reasons to interrupt the traditional mission trip narrative, and links to articles that might support a conversation for planners or potential mission trip participants.
Victoria Hoppes of Building Faith outlines a traveling-and-returning mission trip for youth.
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