How to Follow-Up Your Mission Trip Participants

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How should we follow-up each participant in a mission trip? It can seem overwhelming at times. Let’s look at research. According to Brian Heerwagen’s research, there are three levels of participants after the short-term mission trip.

1. Level One: Not likely to join mission trip again (60%)

2. Level Two: Likely to join in another mission trip (30%)

3. Level Three: Likely to move on to mid-term or long-term service (10%)

These levels tell us that we should not follow-up on the participants equally. Meaning, those are really interested (Level Three – 10%) should have the most thorough follow-up. There is a useful guide to show how we can follow-up for each level, with level three having the most attention:

Level 1, 2 and 3 (all):

  • Attend 3 follow-up team meetings
  • Participate in the reporting of trip
  • Receive field update from team leader 2 months after mission trip

Level 2 and 3 only

  • Lead an aspect of next year’s mission trip
  • Join church missions committee

Level 3 only

  • Encourage them (or you take them) to attend missions conferences
  • Arrange appointments with sending organizations
  • Recommend books, videos, organisations, Web sites, and magazines related to missions.

As you can see, the follow-up treatment is different based on the levels of the participants. It is similar in some ways to Jesus’ having three circles of influence:

  • The 70 disciples
  • The 12 disciples
  • The 3 disciples (Peter, James and John)

Jesus spent the most time investing into the 3 disciples closest to Him. We should learn from His model to to be an effective mobilizer for missions.

 

Taken from:

Michael Wilder and Shane Parker, Transformission,  230-231.

Brian Heerwagen, The Next Mile: A leader’s guide, 48.

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