In Matthew 28, Jesus gives a clear commission for how His believers were to live once He physically left the earth. The call to His disciples then, and to the Church as a whole now remains the same: Go and make disciples of all nations. This call applies to us as we live out the gospel in our day-to-day lives, and it also compels us to share the gospel with people of all nations. Short term mission trips is one avenue through which we can do this. As we make disciples and teach others to obey Christ's commands, we strive to focus on four aspects of ministry that are central to our philosophy and practice:
Only the good news of Jesus ultimately has the power to save people
from their sins and lead them to a life of hope and freedom. We select
mission partners based on their commitment to Scripture, Gospel-centered
ministry, and the opportunity for students to be able to share the good
news of Jesus with those with whom they come into contact. Servant Life understands the distinction between humanitarian efforts and Christ-centered ministry, and is wholeheartedly committed to the latter.
Romans 10:14-15, John 14:6
Short-term mission trips must happen within a long-term ministry strategy. In order to see true discipleship, the relationships that are formed during trips must continue past the 7-10 days that participants are on the ground. Therefore, we serve our long-term missionaries within our network in whatever way best fits their needs. Our goal is to be a catalyst that stimulates their ministry opportunities for the other 51 weeks of the year. We exist to support the work in which they have invested their lives in the same way the Philippians supported Paul in Philippians 1:3-7.
Ministry happens best within the context of relationships. Our goal
is to provide mission experiences that allow students to have extensive,
saturated time to build relationships with those they are serving.
Whether it is serving as support staff at a camp, ministering to
orphans, or teaching English to a refugee from an Unreached country, we
want trip participants to form meaningful relationships as a platform to
share the life-giving good news of Jesus Christ.
John 4:1-26, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Youth and Children
Students don't need to wait to do ministry. The Lord has proven
Himself faithful to use a simple conversation, a warm hug, or a game of
tag to build a bridge to share the gospel of Christ with someone else.
We believe that God has uniquely positioned teenagers and young adults
to creatively and competently minister to their fellow peers and
children in a dynamic way.
Matthew 18:1-5, 1 Timothy 4:12