We love to help churches in their mission partnerships. A short-term trip gives churches the chance to see their mission partner face-to-face, encourage, support and work alongside them. Our job is to make this easy for you.
What are the benefits?
First and foremost, a visit will strengthen relationships between you and your mission partner. It will help you learn more about how your mission partner works and how you can support them. It helps those in your church team to grow in maturity and excitement for the gospel as they see God at work in a new context. A visit may inspire your team members to consider longer-term mission themselves, or new service in church at home. We are realistic about what a team can achieve on a short trip, but frequently God works in amazing ways. Also, a visit from a partner church can be a huge encouragement to a mission partner – the boost they need to keep them doing what they’re doing.
What will it look like?
Placements vary depending on the time you have and the gifts of your team. They usually last between one week and one month. The visit will combine practical service, word ministry and discipleship. Teams might help with holiday bible clubs, schools work or children’s camps. They may teach English, evangelise among students, teach the Bible, or do practical tasks. Most church teams visit the mission partner they’re linked with but some go to help another of our gospel workers at a particular time of need.
What’s the process?
Get in touch with Jaki to get the ball rolling! We’ll liaise with our overseas workers to sort out the details. Your church will nominate one or two leaders and select team members, both subject to our approval and checks.
We’ll then work closely with you to develop a bespoke itinerary. We’ll arrange flights, accommodation, transport, insurance and specialist cross-cultural training.
All church team members must be Christians and UK residents. They will also need to have a DBS check and health clearance. Both of these can be arranged for you by Crosslinks.
Why go through Crosslinks rather than organise a trip independently?
Our expertise enables your trip to be a success. We’ll handle all the nuts and bolts of making a trip happen, including arranging flights using our charity discount air fares. We’ll help with budgeting and fundraising and advise on visas, vaccines and kit lists. Before you go, we’ll provide tailor-made orientation sessions that will help you think through cross-cultural issues and any health, stress or security concerns. The sessions will also help you know how best to support long-term mission partners as a short-termer.
Whilst you’re overseas, Crosslinks will be on-hand to look after you. This is something that churches may struggle with independently. We have in-country knowledge, emergency and evacuation procedures, connections to medical advisors and comprehensive travel insurance cover. After the trip we facilitate debriefing, which is an essential part of overseas mission.
The cost will vary depending on team size, location and duration. We’ll help you with budgeting and fundraising and arrange your flights using our charity discount air fares. Flights are provided and authorised under Diversity Travel (ATOL 9566) and protected under the ATOL scheme. Aside from the budgeted items, team members will need to cover their personal preparation costs, such as necessary vaccines.
Chat to your church leaders or mission committee and then contact Jaki. Please allow at least four months before your proposed date of travel.
The church organising the team must provide its own leaders, usually one male and one female. The team leaders need to submit an application to Crosslinks and also take applications from and interview prospective team members.
Open teams are sent out to meet a specific short-term need: running a bible holiday club, helping with summer student ministry or getting involved with a rural outreach mission. To join a team, you need to be willing to serve, ready to learn, able to articulate the gospel clearly and up for a challenge! All open team opportunities are advertised here.
2022 church team opportunities
There are opportunities to serve as a group from your church or CU with mission partners in Serbia, Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Thailand, Kenya and more. To go on a trip this summer, email Jaki by February 2022.