Every mission trip is different, and each team brings various expertise and resources to the city. In your opening discussions with Pastor Todd, it is important to lay out what your group specializes in and if you have certain resources that could be beneficial to Apostles Church and to your overall mission team experience. However, there are certain things that Apostles Church requests of each group coming to serve the city.
Rules for the week
1. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
Whether it is before a meal, before you begin a mission project, after you have completed a set of door hangers in a neighborhood, or parted ways with an unhoused person you met on the street, always pray.
2. BE FLEXIBLE!
No mission trip in the history of the world has ever gone exactly the way it was planned. We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in all of our mission endeavors, and although we strive to put together an organized and working plan, we always defer to the Spirit.
3. DO NO HARM!
Remember, your team is here for a week, but our team is here long-term. In all things, while you are here with us, remember to leave things better than you found them and to help people move up the Engel Scale (reference below).
The Engel Scale has been used to introduce many Christians to a new understanding of evangelism. In the past, people have often seen evangelism only in terms of people being converted. Understood this way, most of our evangelism must be counted as pure failure. Few people can live with that level of failure, and few survive as evangelists, or even as effective witnesses, for long.
The Engel Scale completely changes this picture. If you understand something of the journey a person must take in order to discover God, then you know that helping someone take one more step towards God is successful evangelism just as much as helping them over the final line. The Engel Scale helps people to understand this journey.
Evangelists have long known the truth of this, but it has not often been taught and understood. Almost everyone who makes a commitment to Jesus has a story to tell of people and events in their lives bringing them closer and closer to the point of total surrender. Some figures indicate that the average length of the journey, from the time people start looking for God to the time they find Him, is four years. However reliable that figure, and whatever it means, it is clear that for most people the journey to God is a long one.
Apostles Church has a specific shirt that we would like each participant to wear while doing community service projects. These shirts have our mission theme on the front and our church logo on the back. At this time, name recognition for our church is incredibly important. For groups that are able, we encourage you to wear your mission shirts multiple times throughout the week. Please download the artwork below, and we ask that you handle having your team's shirts printed.
You can order these shirts from our preferred supplier below. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
AT THIS POINT YOU SHOULD HAVE...
Given your team a list of instructions
Ordered T-shirts for your team
Downloaded/ordered the Strand Discipleship Study
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