Hopefully, we are getting more and more skilled at this student missions thing. The end goal isn't just that we get good at it but that we are getting better at launching the leaders that have been entrusted to us.
To that end, here's a few observations about our summer teams and areas that we are growing in:
+ Leadership identification and recruiting
Instead of just bringing someone on for a big project [like help lead this summer team], we are asking that they come hang with us for a day or two before we engage them for something larger. This should seem like a no brainer, but a few years ago, I brought on a leader without this and it was a mistake. Watch someone lead before you give them something huge.
Overseas travel with teams is never straightforward. We've had a great luck with our travel agent and tried to be smarter about traveling by giving our teams plenty of time and laying out all the options for logistics before making a decision. It always takes longer.
+ Creative revenue
These creative revenue plans get better and better each summer and I'm convinced that the students that have gone through this experience are better prepared for both the conventional and the nonprofit world.
+ Vision drives budget
Raising money has never been more difficult and yet there is an element of this that is integral to faith. So hopefully we are more about God's vision than a budget being primary. Easy to say, hard to do. This is also obviously something that gets visited all through the year.