BECOME A TRIP LEADER
Good leadership is essential for any mission trip to succeed. Proverbs 11:14 expresses this idea when it says: “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
We believe that the leadership on our teams is what makes the short-term mission experience with Crossroads Missions that much more impactful. Our leaders are on fire for the gospel, show love and compassion to everyone they come in contact with, and want to see the gospel advanced in the Kingdom of God.
Does this sound like you?
We need two types of leaders for Crossroads Missions trips:
Team Leaders have to be at least 21 years of age, and they have responsibilities both before and during the trip.
PRE-TRAVEL TEAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES
- Working with the Missions Director to know logistics and travel plans, and have a full understanding of the plan for the week.
- Investing time before the trip in understanding the culture, language, and religions present at the location in which you are taking the team.
- Having a presence on a team Facebook group or GroupMe, and begin forming a sense of community amongst the team.
- Making sure that all participants (and their parents) have been communicated to on a bi-weekly basis and have no unanswered questions.
TEAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES DURING TRIP
- Cultivating a deep community within the team and to cultivate a “family-like” dynamic through team time and shared ministry experiences.
- Developing your team spiritually by initiating conversations that will allow for growth, as well as leading team devotions for the duration of the trip.
- Keeping the morale high, being a positive voice even when plans change, and casting vision on a daily basis.
- Being confident in decision-making, enforcing discipline and correction if needed, and making sure your team's emotional, physical, and spiritual needs are addressed and taken care of.
- Assessing situations and opportunities to see if they are wise, safe, and appropriate for the age/dynamics of your team.
Trip assistants are essential to the success of the team! Their contact with missions participants can be pivotal in their experience of going on a trip with Crossroads Missions. It frees our staff and the team leader to focus on being excellent with administrative responsibilities while they build camaraderie with the team. A team that knows each other well will be more capable of serving others well.
PRE-TRAVEL TRIP ASSISTANT RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assisting the Missions Director in recruitment by sharing information about the trip on social media, in your local schools/churches, etc.
- Calling all trip participants on a bi-weekly basis to check in on support raising, passport/visa applications, and trip preparation.
- Calling each participant’s parents/legal guardian (if they are a minor) to establish open communication through the trip planning process.
- Maintaining the group Facebook page or GroupMe, and is the leader in asking "get-to-know-you" questions, posting facts about the location your team is traveling to, and providing spiritual encouragement.
- Contacting the Team Leader on a bi-weekly basis via text, email, or phone call to update them on any new information or issues.
TRIP ASSISTANT RESPONSIBILITIES DURING TRIP
- Working alongside the Team Leader to create a deep community within the team and cultivating a family-like dynamic.
- Setting the tone for having a willing attitude by being quick to encourage and serve.
- Keeping communication home open and active (if possible) by posting team pictures and updates to the Facebook group or GroupMe.
“As a TA I think I learned that being intentional and learning about someone starts before you ever meet them. It starts with prayer, a text, or even a phone call of encouragement.” – Erick Hooker
When asked what she enjoyed most about being a TA, Jessie Wiseman said, “Plain and simple: getting to know my team really well before the trip. It made the trip itself all the more meaningful (and totally less awkward meeting people)!”
“Being a trip leader gave me the chance to learn what it means to lead in so many other contexts of my life. I have learned how to bring a group of very different personalities together for a shared purpose. My leadership abilities are stretched and grown on every trip with Crossroads Missions. Handling travel details, pastoral leadership, logistics and financial aspects, all while serving and equipping my team and those we are serving are invaluable practices that grow me as a leader!” – Justin Brock, CKM Ministry Director