Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF REACH BEYOND MISSION?
We know it is important for youth to have an opportunity to work and serve others, but we believe it is most important for youth to learn about root causes and systemic issues and go back their communities with a vision to serve and work for justice beyond the mission trip week. Reach Beyond Mission weeks always include service, but are centered around educational and relational experiences. We believe that the combination of direct service, indirect service, relational ministry, and intentional learning opportunities will have the most impact on youth, and ultimately, on your community and our world.
WHAT AGE YOUTH MAY COME?
Our mission weeks are designed for youth who have completed grades 6 through 12. Because of the intensity of our mission weeks and our agreements with our partners, we can only allow youth to attend who have completed the designated grades. Due to liability issues, we cannot accept college-age participants for multi-group weeks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST?
All meals, Monday morning through the final morning of your week. (Heavy snack served on Sunday evening.)
Lodging/showers in a local church or a college dorm.
A dedicated Site-Coordinator and two fully-trained young adult staff to facilitate your week.
Fully planned service and educational experiences.
Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees, donations to service partners.
Public transportation in Washington, D.C.
A t-shirt and a lunch bag for each participant.
Printed discussion guides for small groups.
Online consultation with Reach Beyond Mission planning staff in the spring.
Online training for your adult leaders two weeks prior to your trip.
Reach Beyond Mission is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, funded by participant fees, grants, and donations.
WHO MAY REGISTER?
We accept registrations from congregational or judicatory youth leaders for the entire group. We do not accept family or individual registrations.
ARE THERE OTHER GROUPS?
If your group has 25 participants or less, your week will remain open for other groups to register. Your youth will be divided into small teams and may join with youth from other groups to serve at sites throughout the city. An adult from your group will always be with your youth.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
Click here to see a sample schedule
Click here to see our 2019 Service Partners
WHAT WILL OUR ADULTS DO?
Your adult leaders are important to the success of Reach Beyond Mission. In addition to working alongside your youth, your adult leaders will drive a small group of your youth to service sites, lead your evening group discussions (discussion guide provided), and most importantly, work alongside youth at service sites. Your adult leaders are responsible for the safety of your group and need to be able to follow through with any behavioral issues.
HOW MANY ADULTS DO WE BRING?
Adult leaders must be at least 22 years of age and know your youth well. We require a ratio of 1 adult leader for every 6 youth. College-age interns serving on your staff may come as part of your adult team, but they may not be counted in your adult to youth ratio. For the protection of all youth participants, your church is required to complete a national multi-state criminal background check for each adult over age 18 that will participate in the mission week. Groups must provide Reach Beyond Mission with written confirmation (form provided) that a national multi-state criminal background check has been completed by your congregation within the past year prior to your mission week.
WHO PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION?
Your group provides transportation (vehicles, gas and mileage) to and from the mission location and during your week in all cities with the exception of Washington D.C. where you will use public transportation. If your group is large, you will need to have transportation for every 10 to 12 youth because your group will be divided into small service groups several times during your week.
WHERE DO WE STAY?
Adults and youth are housed in a local church or dorm facility. Showers are either on site or at a nearby location.
WHO PREPARES MEALS?
Mission trip meals are intentionally simple. Depending on the location, meals might be catered, prepared by dorm staff, by local congregations, or by RBM staff. Simple fixings are provided each morning for you to make a sack lunch to take with you for the day. We provide ice and coolers.
WHO LEADS THE WEEK?
Your week will be facilitated by a leadership team of two or three college students under the supervision of a Site Coordinator. The leadership team will ensure that everything is prepared and ready so that you and your adult leaders may experience the week alongside your youth. The leadership team will make certain that you have supplies, directions to service sites, food and lodging. The team leads morning focus, afternoon learning activities, and hosts guest leaders. Our leadership team members are not camp counselors, but rather, are servant leaders who are well-trained and ready to help you lead your youth through an amazing week! Our staff have passed a national multi-state criminal background check and have received extensive training which includes First Aid/CPR Certification, Safe Conduct Training, Food Handling Certification, Special Needs Training, Anti-Racism Training, Inclusive Language Training, in addition to Leadership and Program Training.
WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?
Reach Beyond Mission provides a biblically-based justice education curriculum that addresses poverty, charity, justice, and systemic issues. The curriculum includes learning about advocacy and developing a plan of action beyond the mission week. We expect that you will bring adult leaders who are capable of leading a small group, who know your youth, and who can discuss biblical texts and justice issues from your church's theological perspective. Your group will participate in learning activities and hear each evening from guest leaders who serve in social service, public policy, government, ministry, and justice advocacy organizations.
WHAT ABOUT HEALTH CONCERNS?
The health and safety of your group is most important to us. We will follow all CDC and local health authority guidelines for group gatherings and will partner only with organizations that do the same. We are faithfully planning to host full and "normal" Reach Beyond Mission weeks in 2022, but will make any necessary modifications no later than May 1, 2022 based on pandemic conditions at that time.
WHAT IS OUR DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION?
Reach Beyond Mission (founded 2012) is a 501(c)(3) related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ; however, we are intentionally ecumenical and have also hosted groups from the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Alliance of Baptists, the American Baptist Church, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Episcopal Church.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH?
Our office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central, but we try to respond to email daily. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Beyond Mission seeks to provide life-changing experiences
that equip youth with biblical, theological,and social tools to do justice