Can't Send Short Term Trips? Tip 1: Focus Your Message

Can't Send Short Term Trips?

Tip #1 - Focus Your Message

Big Picture: Focus your message on living a missional life whenever and wherever you are. It’s a lifestyle, not just a single experience.

Missions and the vision we are inviting people into is far greater than simply engaging in a short term trip. We are inviting people into a radical lifestyle shift and a challenge to how they view the world. Short term trips are an excellent way to achieve that but they are not the only means. And in a season where trips cannot be sent, there is still a need for your leadership and direction.

Focus your message on the bigger picture... the vision that we are all called to serve others and that missions is a way of life, not just a trip we attend. Even reflecting on the Great Commission, Christ doesn’t say “go...”, He says, “as you go...”. And so our invitation to people who serve is both inviting them into specific opportunities to serve but also into a lifestyle of service and mission.

Help unpack this for your participants. Here are a few ideas:

  • Drip Emails - send a series of emails to your alumni and current participants to coach them on this mindset. Just remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s okay to take your time coaching and walking people through this process.
  • Teaching Nights - organize teaching nights of fellowship and teaching around this bigger picture.
  • Adjust Your Website - take a look at your website and see where you can communicate this greater vision in your overall message.
  • Train Your Leaders - make certain your key leaders and team leaders are fully “in the know” and equipped to teach others in this mindset.
  • Create a Course - create an online or small group course specifically for your organization or church to guide people through this vision.

Remember the big picture WIN... creating a movement of people who live on mission. Yes, the short term trip is a goal but it’s a stepping stone goal to a larger goal. Everything shifts to when you focus on a greater goal.

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