We are building and advancing the kingdom of God by developing youth and youth leaders who have great commandment hearts and live great commission lifestyles.
Royal Servants summer mission trips are for Jr. High, Sr. High and College students who have a desire to impact the world and challenge their own boundaries. We pour into students with intentional discipleship as they share the gospel. Our mission trips are led by full-time Reign Ministries staff members that have a heart for students and a burden for the nations. Through relational ministry, our trips serve lepers and orphans in Nepal, unreached people groups in closed countries, Muslims in Africa, post-Christian communities in Europe and Latin America. We’ve had over 9,000 students travel with us to 62 different nations around the world!
Kairos Discipleship School is a 10-month intensive, experiential training school for students 18-26, focused on igniting your faith and impacting the world. Students gain a foundation in Christ-like character, leadership development, and evangelism as they complete in-depth studies, engage in outdoor adventure experiences, and learn from world-class instructors in the context of intentional discipleship. Students serve as interns in the local church and participate on two international mission trips. Kairos Discipleship School's desire is to equip relevant leaders to be ready to serve in local churches, communities, and on the mission field.
Reign UK, based outside of London, works to develop youth and youth leaders by emphasizing youth discipleship, experiential learning, and personalized leadership development through 2 programmes. The first programme, Greenhouse, is a 10 month gap year programme geared especially for those who want to explore a future in youth ministry. The other, a Youth Ministry Degree programme, provides an opportunity to earn a BA in theology through training and experience in youth ministry. By developing disciplemaking youth ministries we believe we can see every church come alive with teenagers reaching teenagers with Christ's message of hope.
In 1980 Louie Inks, the founder of Reign Ministries, was the youth pastor at Wooddale church in Minneapolis. He had been in youth ministry for 25 years, and he wanted his youth group to experience an overseas mission trip for the summer. However at the time there were no youth mission organizations that emphasized discipleship and evangelism as Louie envisioned it. So he organized and led the trip himself.
Louie found that his eight-week overseas mission experience had a profound impact in students’ lives. It could not be paralleled in the traditional format of four years of church and youth group. The reasons were simple: continuous intensive focus in an environment where everything about the student’s life had changed—food, friends, bed, and activity.
The challenge was that church was a community designed to provide an essential but fundamentally different environment and method of influence in students’ lives. It is not practical for Christians to live like they are on a trip or like they can live for 8 weeks.
Louie also had a conviction that teens can effectively share their faith with people that have a harder time receiving from adults. And they have an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
These realities led Louie to form Reign Ministries in 1981. Out of a basement office in Louie’s home Reign Ministries sent the first official Royal Servants mission trip overseas in 1982. The team was comprised of 44 students and staff. Amazingly over half of the members of that first team later became involved in full-time vocational ministry.
Today, we reflect back on our 30+ years of ministry and rejoice in the 200+ mission trips that we've been a part of to more than 60 nations on six continents. It's remarkable to think that we've been a part of that, and more than where we've gone, has been the over 8,000 students that we've been able to disciple as a part of that process.