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Below is what you need to know. Each group is different, and perhaps your group will not focus on all these points. If you have questions about any of the points below, talk to the group’s leader, or call us and we will go over the details of your trip.
Keys to success
Over the years, we have noticed a few key elements that are part of the best trips. Here are a few thoughts for you:
- Expect God to do great things. Expect to see God at work in your group and through your service.
- Be flexible.
- Keep a positive attitude: you can set the tone for the whole group.
- Take time for people. The connections with others in your group and with those you serve on a service trip are important.
- Know what to expect. Discuss expectations and goals for the trip as a group so you are all on the same page.
What to expect
Having accurate expectations about your trip is important. Here’s a heads-up on what to expect:
- Youth Leadership: I you are coming with a youth group, we will work with you to show the youth how to do the job, help them get started, and then let the youth have ownership of activities. There is important service work to do, but our goal is not getting the most done at any cost. Our goal is that your whole group leave eager and ready to serve all the more in the future.
- Make time for God: we will make time to help each person in your group grow spiritually. So, do not be surprised each morning when you stop for devos on your way to the work site, and each evening when your group has worship.
- Spend time in creation: Many of our groups camp, and all spend time outside. So, be ready to sleep in a tent if your group is camping, and to be outside for devotions as much as possible.
- AdventureServe Ministries Staff: your group will have at least 2 staff with you all week. These staff are here to partner with you and have been well trained to facilitate your trip. They are not, however, construction or service experts. Expect them to connect with the people on your trip, lead devotions, and challenge your group to grow from the experience.
- Step out of your comfort zone: Even if you feel you have plenty of life experience, expect times on the trip where things do not feel comfortable. This may be when you pass the power tools to a student, or when you rappel over the side of a cliff (if your group chooses to do that), or it could come from being in a setting where there are more unknown variables than usual. Understand, however, that God tends to show up in surprising ways at these moments.
- Slow down: if you are coming to get as much work done as possible, keep all these points in mind and remember that your group’s overall goals may be different.
- For more information on our ministry and why we do what we do, check out sections 2-4 in the Group Preparation Manual, found on the Group Leader page. Your group’s leader has this info and we ask that they share it with you.
Your role on the trip
- Build relationships with those around you, especially the youth if it is a youth group. Students who connect with more adults, like up to 5 or more, have a much greater chance of holding on to their faith after high school.
- On the work site or adventure site, share your knowledge with others in the group, especially the youth. Show them what “success” will involve and help them become familiar with the project or challenge. Then help them get going, allow them to take ownership and responsibility, and let them lead.
- Communicate with your group’s leader(s) and the AdventureServe staff. If you have ideas, express them!
- Pray! We believe fully that God answers prayers. Pray for those around you before, during, and after the trip.