Friday, March 04, 2011

Leader Treks - The Student Mission Trip Greenhouse

Friends at Leader Treks sent me a copy of their Student Mission Trip Greenhouse prep guide, which is a fabulous resource for student mission team leaders. Absolutely love the greenhouse paradigm.

Lots of the material resonates with the stuff we've learned in the past, such as:
+ ... a mission trip is really a short-term Kingdom experience introducing and preparing students for long-term Kingdom living.
+ ... training sessions should be a requirement for all your students before they are even allowed on the team. Their level of commitment to the trip is clearly displayed if they cannot commit to the scheduled trainings.
+ ... the number one problem I see is adult volunteers who have no idea what they are doing on the trip.
+ If you raise the level of expectation, your students will rise to meet it.

If you've been around here for a while, you know I'm not a huge fan of pre printed curriculum. My opinion is that you could spend a little bit of time and create some great material for your students that is context and culture sensitive. But, this guidebook is a great primer to help jump start your team preps. Oh and it's free.

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