College and grad school students coming together for a summer to serve youth leaders by helping to lead mission trips.
They are trained intensely for two weeks, not just how to do their “jobs,” but they also get high level ministry training from some of the best youth ministry minds in the country. From that unbelievable experience, they head out around the country with vehicles full of equipment, credit cards, and the trust of the organization that sends them. These ministry leaders are empowered with all the skills and abilities to handle the responsibilities of leading their own ministry location. They each lead important day-to-day aspects of their mission trip. These leaders are not on their own however. They are part of an incredible support system that holds them accountable and encourages them all summer long. The experience of leading and serving prepares them to immediately take leadership in life, work, and ministry after their summer of service is over.
The best part… they have the opportunity to see God work each and every day bringing change in people’s lives – both in those being served and in those serving.
Sound too good to be true?
This is what happens to about 100 college-age ministry people each year through the Summer Staff roles with Group Mission Trips. It’s one of the best ministry training experiences I know about. The level of trust, responsibility, autonomy, accountability, and real-life ministry experience is hard to describe. I often describe it this way. “We take college students, train them for 2 weeks, give them credit cards, tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, and say ‘see you in 10 weeks.’” It’s crazy. I know. But it’s what we’ve been doing for over 35 years.
If your ministry has students who are feeling the call to ministry, want to know if vocational ministry is for them, or desire to gain significant leadership experience, I encourage you to check out Group Mission Trips Summer Staff. If you have any questions, contact Isaac Bartholomew. firstname.lastname@example.org