If you missed the first article, you can find it here. Today, I’m going to touch on step 3 & 4 in better communicating mission trip opportunities. This week I’m going through each of these steps as I prepare for our student missions information meeting with parents December 5th.
1. Get your ducks in a row.
2. Set a date
3. Have the meeting
- Once you’ve got everything together for the meeting and you’ve finished your booklet, go ahead and have the meeting. As the meeting approaches, study what you’re going to be talking about. I know this goes without saying, but you won’t believe the times that I’ve let my pride get in the way of effectively communicating to parents. 10 times out of 10 when that has happened, it’s been because I assumed I knew the details of what I was going to talk about. You only get once chance with these parents to set the tone for the mission trips, use it effectively and wisely–STUDY.
- Here is what I suggest for the order of the meeting:
Why you are taking mission trips
Overview of the mission trips
The desired “end result”
Question & Answers
- Make sure you point out the application and let them know that you’d like them to take it home, talk it over as a family/pray, and then fill it out. What you want to avoid, as much as possible, are students filling out applications while you’re talking. Explain that they need to be more intentional about whether they go on the trip or not.
- This is the easiest step to forget. Remember to follow-up with students after they turn in their applications. In the past, it’s been really easy for me to get their application, glance over it, and accept them to the team. That habit has only hurt the team once on-field. Not every application you get should be approved. Read over the applications, pray about them, and CALL THE STUDENT to see why they want to go. I promise you won’t regret it!
Beginning last year, the student ministry I work with has began hosting an annual junior high conference called Frequency. Frequency is design to be cheap, high quality, and promote area unity. If you have a moment…you should check it out! Cost is $10 for each student. Non-churched students get in free. Includes 2 free leadership registrations.
I just approved our summer mission trip shirts. They look AWESOME! I was referred to this company by another student minister and I’m very pleased with their work. Before entering full-time student ministry, I was a professional graphic designer. I designed (and still do) for almost 14 years. Normally, I design any clothing or graphics for this type of stuff. My busy schedule didn’t allow me to do that this year. So, long story short…a professional designer (me) is super pleased with another designers work. That’s an accomplishment!
Check out their work here….VISIT AMB3R
This video was passed to me from a fellow pastor on staff here at Greenwood Christian Church. It’s a short video that details one way we can tell others about our faith and mandate to be Jesus in this world. Here is a link to the original blog post. Let me know what you think…
As we ramp up our mission trip season, I’m looking for creative ways to leverage the internet/fundraising. Being a former missionary/trainer of fundraising techniques, I’m pretty “set” in proper ways to fundraise. However, I’m always looking for new ideas. One way that I’ve recently discovered as been a group called CafePress. I’ve used them in the past and their products are great. I created a graphic that would symbolize where we are going, created a store with CafePress.com, uploaded my image, chose the items I wanted it to appear on, and BAM! We’re fundraising with special clothing items.
In my opinion, here are some advantages to this approach:
1. I don’t have to buy a bunch of shirts and mess with sizes.
2. I don’t have to mess with any money or shipping.
3. The buyer can choose their product.
4. The store is international.
5. CafePress takes care of creating a storefront, site design, etc.
6. The buyer gets something for their donation!