NEXT mobilizes the next generation on church planting mission trips that serve as a catalyst to:
- Transform their world perspective
- Train them to be skilled, missional leaders
- Contribute to establishing a new church
- Share the gospel on the trip and live missional lives AT HOME
We asking God to transform trip participants’ world perspective. NEXT Worldwide is intentional when it comes to giving the next generation a “mission” experience that will introduce them to God’s passion for His own glory, and his mission to call worshipers from every nation. NEXT is careful to not manipulate an emotional experience, but to introduce the next generation to the “God of mission” and allow Him to work in their lives.
We want our participants to be missional leaders. Vast amounts of literature on leadership confirm that leadership can be learned. NEXT has tailored a proven leadership curriculum in partnership with Lead Well to give participants practical tools that can be used immediately, and developed over a lifetime to be a great leader in any arena of life. We are committed to taking “missional living” off of the bumper sticker and into action by giving participants a transforming experience of hands-on ministry, proven leadership training and tracks to run on when they get home.
Trip participants will contribute to establishing a new church. Participants will know exactly what their mission is as they go into the “mission trip.” We are in the community to help start or strengthen a church that is in the church planting process. We are serving this pastor and people to help establish a healthy, reproducing church. When the participants go home, they will know that they have contributed to establishing a new church that is committed to making disciples and being a transforming agent of the gospel in their community.
We want our participants to share the gospel on the trip and at home. God has clearly lined out our mission in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 – “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” We get to join God. He has entrusted us with the message of reconciliation. He is making His appeal through us!
Participants will learn to use a simple gospel-communication tool, using their Bible and The GOSPEL Keys. We will walk through the community where we are helping plant a church, get to know people and engage them with the gospel… “God making His appeal through us”!
The goal from there is to see both the trip participants and people at the mission site continue the mission, confident and equipped to Live the Mission at home!