You may be in the throes of winter. But there’s no better time than now to plan spring and summer mission projects for your worship teams.
A quick web search for “Christian mission trips” yields an overwhelming number of mission organizations available. Instead of losing valuable time scanning hundreds of options, try these three searchable clearinghouse websites for available projects, both international and domestic:
- SHORT TERM MISSIONS is a website where you can search almost 2000 mission opportunities from 115 different Christian mission organizations of every kind and denomination.
- MISSION FINDER claims to be the world’s leading gathering place for locating Christian mission trips. Search through hundreds of short term, medical, domestic and international mission trips including orphanages.
- MISSION-TRIPS.COM features listings and links for 353 mission trips from 500 mission organizations.
Be sure to check into your denominational mission organizations, both national and local, (or one that is kindred to your theology) to see what they offer. Do you have other tried and true resources? Please share them by leaving a comment below.
Local Mission Projects
But what if you only have the resources to do local missions?
That’s no problem, because many opportunities can be found right in your own community. In fact, local mission work holds great potential to get all your worship/music groups involved in missions at very little expense. Your adult and teen praise bands, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles, and even your kids and senior adult groups can find a place to present the Gospel weekly throughout the spring and summer seasons. Here are some ideas:
- Provide weekly Music Camps at your church, or in local parks, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, a subdivision clubhouse, or a backyard.
- Start music, creative movement, STOMP, drama, or puppetry groups for children and/or teens in a local setting at or outside your church each week.
- Begin a Praise Band Camp.
- Lead each group within your Worship Ministry to adopt a homeless shelter, a halfway house, a prison, an assisted living center, a day care, or other community non-profit. Plan weekly or bi-weekly visits to sing, share, write letters for them or read books to them, and offer prayer.
- Present a series of evangelistic block parties in multi-housing or urban or suburban settings with inflatables “bounce houses,” music provided by your worship teams, hotdogs and popsicles, and possibly even offer medical screenings.
- Partner with an urban church to present a Vacation Bible School in the mornings, then provide home repairs and community clean up in the afternoons, and praise concerts at night.
Whatever you decide, you’ll want to:
1. Meet people at their point of need…
2. In your community…
3. On a regular basis…
4. To build relationships…
5. Which lead to witnessing opportunities.
P.S. Do you have a project that has worked well for you? Please share it with us by leaving a comment on this blog. Thanks.