Short-term mission trips serve an important purpose in spiritual growth - allowing students and staff to get outside of their normal environment and creating moments for God to speak.
Our hope is that the Mission Minneapolis experience will encourage participants to take significant steps of faith that will have a long-term impact on their lives.
A trip with Mission Minneapolis includes a mixture of service projects, strengths and leadership training, and outreach. Our theme is Everyone has a Story. Our outreach strategy is focused on providing tools for teams to have conversations with people. Your team can take these tools home and practice them in your community.
A unique component of our experience is strengths-based team training. Our founder, Steve Gahagen, has a doctorate in Strengths-Based Leadership and is the Executive Director of Play to Your Strengths. Beginning a trip with strengths training helps students and staff get a new picture of how God has created them and how they can make a difference in the world. It is also a wonderful team-building tool as you learn to appreciate one anothers’ strengths.
We believe a mission trip is not a final destination, but the beginning of a new journey. We provide questions and activities for leaders to help students translate their experience into their daily lives.
Help students discover… grow… serve.
The Twin Cities
With a population of almost 3.5 million, the Twin Cities provide an opportunity for students to experience cultures different from their own. Both urban and suburban events will help your team appreciate the diverse Kingdom of God. Find out more about this metropolitan area.
Students learn about how God has wired them as they discover and use their strengths
Students appreciate the strengths of peers as they participate in team-building activities and service
Youth pastors and leaders learn about the uniqueness of their students and how to motivate them as followers of Christ
Teams encounter God as they take risks in reaching out to others
Teams learn to appreciate the value of people’s stories as they have conversations with others
4:00 - 6:00 pm - Group arrives
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 pm - Orientation and intro to strengths training
9:00 - 10:00 pm - Church group time
11:00 pm - Lights out
Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 am - Building clean-up and lunch packing
8:30 - 9:30 am - Daily briefing and team training
9:30 - 10:00 am - Appointment with God
10:15 am - Leave for service site
10:45 am - 4:30 pm - Service project
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Evening outreach
8:00 pm - Return to Prairie Oak Community Church
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Showers and snacks
10:00 pm - Evening briefing and prayer/worship*
11:00 pm - Lights out
*Thursday evening’s worship will begin earlier
7:00 am - Wake up and load vehicles
7:30 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast, building clean-up, and send-off