One finding that's stuck with me from Sticky Faith is, "More than any program or event, what made kids more likely to feel like a significant part of their local church was when adults made the effort to get to know them."
One of the best ways my congregation helps adults get to know kids is through mission trip prayer buddies. Parishioners who serve as prayer buddies commit to praying daily for a student before and during our trip and to writing students notes of encouragement which they'll open during the trip.
Prayer buddies connect young and old people beyond the walls of the church. For this reason, this experience is invaluable. With that in mind, here are 10 steps for facilitating a mission trip prayer buddy ministry in your congregation:
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