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Faith Formation: Mission Trips

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Rethinking Mission Trips


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   “The Way of Wonder”: A Mission Trip and Pilgrimage Curriculum

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.

Access a sample lesson from “The Way of Wonder” here

To find out more about the curriculum or Wonder Voyage, visit their website here.

Walk, Love, Serve: A Service Learning Trip for Youth

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.


Planning a Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage

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.

How to Design a Mission Trip Project

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.

Mission Trip vs. Pilgrimage: What's the Difference and Why It Matters

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.

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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.

Virtual Mission Trips

St Paul Area Synod highlighted King of Kings Lutheran's (Woodbury) Virtual Mission Trip.

Judicatory Resources

Creating a Mission Trip

Taking a Trip With Youth? You Need a Group Covenant

If you’ve ever traveled with a group of young people, you know the first few minutes at your destination are always chaotic. No matter how well organized, your group will probably arrive full of energy and excitement and confusion. That’s to be expected. But to make sure the initial chaos doesn’t continue throughout your entire event, it’s important to call a gathering to establish a group covenant immediately after everyone stows their gear - or before you leave home-base.

Walk, Love, Serve: A Service Learning Trip for Youth

Victoria Hoppes of Building Faith outlines a traveling-and-returning mission trip for youth.

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Just Traveling: God, Leaving Home, and a Spirituality for the Road     Ukraine Diary

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