From Pastor Daron Butler- Next Steps Pastor at Wooster Grace
- Trips without a purpose clearly stated—doing a missions trip because you "have-to" or because it is expected.
- Doing it alone—going solo is not only lonely but draining. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.
- Not asking for help—it takes a team to make a great missions movement. Don't settle for trips. Seek momentum towards a movement.
- Go with the first contact you discover that matches WHEN you can go—rather focus first on the why you go; when you go comes later.
- Not clearly thinking about how your trip fits with your church's purpose and values—connect what you do with the vision and values of your church.
- Not training or equipping helpers—you might have helpers, but those helpers need some training to be great helpers.
- Being too carefree in planning and during the trip—"flying by the seat of your pants" may feel exhilarating, but it often leads to missed opportunities.
- Being too rigid in planning and during the trip—micro-managing may feel like you’re in control, but often you short- circuit empowering new leaders.
- Not praying for the right people to go on the right trip for the right purpose—have a short job description of successful outcomes for your trips.
- Not debriefing or following up with those who return from a missions trip—you may lose the momentum in people's lives to synergize greater things where God can work towards a lifetime of being on-mission versus a great memory of a trip.
(First published May 2011)