How to Prepare to Lead a Powerful Missions Trip

Episode 203 - Bruce Coble

Done well, missions trips can be powerful and life-transforming.

So much of what comes out of a missions trip has to do with what went into it. The preparation, the planning, the prayer and research. But, like the anything, the best plans mean nothing if we can't be flexible and stay true to the primary point of what we're doing.

Listen as Pastor Bruce Coble, one of the best missions trip leaders I know, shares what he's learned about leading life-changing missions trips from his decades of experience.

Not only will you hear his heart and knowledge, but you'll see how his simple approach has born fruit that lasts for generations.

You will not be disappointed.

What we talked about

  • [00:24] – Episode Overview
  • [00:55] – Opportunity to help support Global Initiative
  • [01:28] – Introducing Pastor Bruce Coble
  • [01:56] – What positive things come out of short-term missions
The greatest thing I've seen come out of short-term missions is people's' relationship with Christ. #missions Click To Tweet
  • [03:08] – When have you seen God really come through and provide for a trip?
  • [04:46] – How has your involvement with cross-cultural missions impacted your life?
  • [06:18] – How can we become aware that God is working in our lives every day?
    1. Be looking for him
    2. Know that He's there
    3. Be looking to do His will
  • [09:23] – Is it hard for you to remember that every day is a day for God's greatness?
  • [10:54] – Has God been revealing anything or teaching you anything new over the last few months?

I'm just a vessel and unless I let the Lord be my treasure and flow out of me, I'm going to give out of the emptiness that's in me.

  • [12:38] – What goes into you're preparation before you lead a trip?
    1. Pray and look to the local leaders you'll be working with.
    2. Pray that you'll be sensitive to the people in your group.
    3. Pray that you'll be able to focus your group on God, encourage them, and build them up.
  • [14:54] – Are there parts of the group preparation that are consistent?
Our schedules don't really matter. What matters is our heart. #missions Click To Tweet
  • [16:31] – Are there times you have to encourage people to NOT go on a trip?
  • [17:02] – The ones he worries about the most are the ones that…
  • [17:25] – Are there times you feel like you should reach out, even if people haven't expressed an interest?
  • [18:32] – How do you effectively get the word out and still wait for people to hear from God first?
  • [20:05] – What kinds of things need to be in a leader's life to hear from God and offer great devotions and a great support?
    1. Know our role and listen
    2. Be in the Word
    3. Be obedient in the little things every day
    4. Use the Scriptures
    5. Use examples that speak to people's hearts
  • [23:14] – Are there any parts of the schedule, perspective, or approach that are non-negotiables?
They'll know that we are believers by our love. #missions Click To Tweet
  • [27:11] – How do you help people carry what God did with them when they return?
  • [29:21] – How are you able to encourage people and help them keep from letting what God did leak out?
  • [32:13] – How can we best pray for you?
  • [33:26] – Check out Missional Audio
  • [34:53] – Listener feedback from Steve the horn player in Australia
  • [35:20] – The relationships you have could benefit people you've never met.

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Bruce Coble

Bruce Coble

Missions Pastor, Springhouse Worship & Arts Center

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