The Experience

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


Sample schedule


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