Short-Term Mission Sundays 2018

Redeemer’s 2018 Short-Term Mission trips will be highlighted at all services on Missions Sunday, January 21 (East Side, Downtown, and West Side) and February 3 (Lincoln Square). Members of our past mission teams will be sharing testimonies and answering questions about previous and upcoming trips at the Missions Table during coffee hour. This year, we will make 17 trips to South Africa, the Philippines, Tokyo, Madagascar, Guatemala, and more!

What is your Short Term Mission IQ?

Q: What exactly is a Short Term Mission trip?
A: Mission trips are special endeavors where a team of 10-20 people travels internationally to serve a church in a cross-cultural context. Teams may carry out social justice and mercy projects, discuss how faith informs our work, provide medical care, present community outreach concerts, lead children’s Bible classes or teach about entrepreneurship (among many other possibilities!) while spreading the love of Christ.

Q: How do you determine where mission teams go?
A: We identify churches we serve through our connection to City to City, an organization dedicated to church planting in global cities ( We serve international church plants which partner with City to City.

Q: How do you decide what kind of work is done overseas?
A: The teams initiate projects based on the directives and needs of the hosting church planter/pastor.

Q: Who should go on a mission trip?
A: There is no personality type best suited for a mission trip. Each individual is gifted with a unique set of skills, interests, hobbies, and passions they can bring to form a well-rounded team.

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Team preparation begins several months before the trip. Teams meet at least five times before they travel. In addition to holding discussions on raising funds and preparing for our specific tasks/programs, we will be spending a significant amount of time building our team into a cohesive group of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Q: Why does our church encourage Short-Term Mission trips?
A: The vision of Redeemer’s Short-Term Mission is based on Mark 16:15, Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. We love what MTW Missionary Mike Pettingill, a previous host pastor in Honduras, says about missions:

“The primary point of missions is not to build houses or teach VBS. The purpose of missions is to glorify God. Everything exists to bring praises to God and missions seeks to exalt God’s name. We are all missionaries. Some of us are called to go far away and others are called to stay local, but we are all called to participate.”

We hope you’ll prayerfully consider joining a Short-Term Mission team this year!

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