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Short term mission toolkit: Go


Contact your presbytery to learn about trip opportunities that you or members of your church might be able to join.  Click here to find contact information for your presbytery.

Go nationally

  • The Center in Baltimore hosts church groups interested in doing “mission outside the box.” The Center aims to “inspire and equip churches and individuals to engage boldly with their neighborhoods — to get involved where Christ’s love and justice are already at work.” Learn more about The Center.
  • DOOR is a faith-based network providing service learning and leadership development opportunities in four urban cities — AtlantaChicagoDenver, and Miami. Learn more about DOOR’s weekend or weeklong programs (Discover), summer leader programs (Discern) or one-year volunteer programs living in intentional Christian community (Dwell). Learn more about DOOR.
  • Frontera de Cristo offers immersion opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved in the life of border ministry. Day- to week-long border immersions allow people to worship, learn and serve with their brothers and sisters from the churches and communities of Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona. Coffee, Migration and Faith trips are held each fall. Learn more.
  • Groups of young people may be interested in Memphis Youth Mission’s immersion programs. They offer week-long summer mission trips or weekend trips in the spring and fall. Learn more.
  • National disaster relief mission trips are available through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The website provides information on how your group can help communities affected by disasters. There are congregations willing to serve as way station locations – offering volunteer work teams a place to stay overnight while journeying to or from their mission destination. To find out more about wayside congregations for volunteer work teams in transit, please click here.

Go internationally

  • For international mission trips, group leaders are encouraged to contact PC(USA) mission co-workers in the region to seek more information and enter a process of discernment. These partnership facilitators walk alongside groups as they plan, lead and reflect on mission experiences. They can be helpful to you before, during and after your mission trip.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars:

Learn more about Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars.

  • Presbyterian Women Mission Trips
    Presbyterian Women organize regular trips to participate in mission work or learn about the mission needs of a particular region.

Leader resources and forms (from When God’s People Travel Together Volumes I and II)

Preparing yourself as a leader

Preparing and leading the group: Before, during and after

Planning and preparing: Logistics

Applicant and legal forms

Leader resources for group learning, reflection and action

Before the trip:

During the trip:

Preparing for re-entry:

After the trip

*Please note that a listing on this web page does not imply an endorsement of the mission site by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).