Pre-trip meetings are crucial to preparing for a mission trip. These meetings will provide important information about your trip. 

Come up with a budget as early in the planning process as you can. 

Keep these suggestions in mind for a safe mission trip outside the United States or Canada. 

Keep these guidelines in mind for a safe mission trip within the United States or Canada. 

Many people find fundraising intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many creative and easy ways to raise money for your mission trip. 

Dear [insert name here],

Team building helps the group going on your mission trip to become a team. This is important because successful mission trips start with groups that not only know what they’re working toward, but how to work together to reach it. 

Whether you’re going to another country or another cultural context within North America, you will encounter some cultural differences. Adjusting to these differences can be hard. It might be tempting to reject or judge parts of a different culture because you aren’t used to them or they make you feel uncomfortable. But if you’re prepared to engage cross-culturally—to make space for differences and the people who see them as normal—experiencing another culture is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow! 

There are different gifts, but the same Spirit that gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but the same Lord is served. Each one of us is given gifts by the Spirit to use for the common good. Together we are the body of Christ, and individually we are members of that body.

There are about 19.5 million refugees and 38.2 million internally displaced people worldwide. That adds up to nearly 60 million people—people who need our help.

The RCA joined many other denominations last January for the GC2 Summit to discuss how the church can respond to the refugee emergency. That discussion launched a growing movement in the church to serve as Jesus’s hands and feet to refugees.

Learn more and find out how you and your church can get involved in these two webinars.