The success of your mission trip depends a great deal on how well you have prepared. First, you need the support of your church leadership. Things to consider are the needs of your group and how you would like them to be challenged. Budget is also a consideration when planning. Depending upon the size and age of your group, chaperones and/or mentors are important in providing stability and guidance. A 1-to-3 ratio is recommended for junior-high groups, and a 1-to-4 or 5 ratio usually works for high schoolers. Please, also consider the gender make-up of your group in choosing chaperones. Small children are welcome to come with their parents. However, we don’t provide child care, and all children will need adult supervision. We’ve worked with groups of all ages!
Once you have the support of your church you will need to involve your group. The experience of urban missions is to get them out of their comfort zone. This is a chance to serve the “least of these.” Encourage group members to ask questions—what do they want to get out of the trip? Group missions can also build unity and bring out leadership qualities. Ultimately, a good group missions experience will leave people changed—both those serving and those who are being served.
We work with group leaders on scheduling. Unique volunteer opportunities abound, but leave room for discussion time, reading and Bible study. Plan down time and, depending upon the length of your stay, do some sightseeing and visit other parts of the city.