Eliminate boredom: Make students teach

Ever feel as if your students are bored during your mission trip meetings? If so, perhaps that's because you're the one doing all the teaching, even though students learn by doing. For this reason, require students on your mission trip team to work together to prepare and give a presentation to your team.

Divide students into groups with others they don't yet know. Being with people they don't know well will give them an opportunity to form new friendships. It will also force them to work through and resolve any disagreements that result, thus preparing them to respond more appropriately to similar situations during the trip itself.

Once groups are established, assign or allow them to choose their topic. Relate all topics to your destination and include things such as:
• History;
• People (ethnic makeup, tribes, languages, etc.);
• Political systems;
• Educational systems;
• Culture;
• Geography/weather;
• Economy (including currency).

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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