RYM 040: What To Do NOW For Your 2019 Student Mission Trips

The end of summer marks the end of mission trip season for most youth ministries. But guess what? It’s time to start thinking about NEXT year’s trips! (Insert shocked face emoji here.) But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, and Erica Schimelpfenig, Executive Director of YouthWorks, for a conversation about what you can do NOW for your 2019 student mission trips—and how you can leverage momentum from this year’s trips to make next year’s even better.

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When it comes to mission trips, what should youth leaders be doing now to prepare for their trip? (5:00)

Preparation for a trip is crucial not only for the youth leader, but for the students, too. (6:00)

There are so many rich aspects of a community that are important for students and leaders to understand before going a mission trip. (6:00)

When students understand the culture of the place they’ll be serving at before they go on the trip, chances are they’ll gain more from the experience. (6:45)

Pro Tip: Get the dates of your mission trip in front of parents as soon as possible. (10:00)

If you’re planning an international trip, start preparing 12 months in advance. (11:00)

If you’re planning a domestic trip, start preparing 9 months in advance. (11:00)

Prepare questions to help students process their experience throughout the trip. (13:00)

It’s important to help your students not just be in the experience, but process the experience. (14:00)

How will you engage your students to stay involved in what they’ve experienced on the trip once they return home? (15:00)

Stretch out your preparation process for your mission trip over 12 months instead of cramming it into 2 months. (16:00)

You lose momentum when you allow the ball to be dropped. (17:00)

Leverage the momentum created from this year’s mission trip to help you launch next year’s mission trip season. (17:45)

Align with the rest of your church’s outreach strategy when planning your youth ministry’s mission trip. (18:30)

Using organizations like YouthWorks to help plan your mission trips will let you as the ministry leader do what only you can do. (20:00)

Something happens when a teenager gets to serve alongside their youth pastor. It’s a shared experience that you can’t recreate. (22:00)

If you’re not planning your own mission trip, find an organization that you can partner with. (23:00)


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Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).



Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-authored The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117, a ministry in Ethiopia which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.



Erica began at YouthWorks in 2000 as a summer site staff. Erica has since worked in a variety of roles such as a Recruiting Associate, Regional Director, and was the Director of Recruiting until she stepped into the Director of Missions role in 2008. Erica and her husband Cody stay busy with their three kids, Jonah, Cana and Mercy. They live in North Minneapolis where they enjoy exploring Theodore Wirth Park, hanging out with friends and creating new adventures.

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