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College Age Mission Trips

Imagine a summer that combines missions, fellowship, discipleship, and adventure all in one.

As a college-aged student looking for a mission trip, you can have a unique opportunity to serve as a “Staff Discipler” with Royal Servants this summer.

Staff Discipler (staf-de-sip-ler):

  1. A small group leader of 2-4 teenagers who are signed up to go on Royal Servants as a student.
  2. Has a unique opportunity to mentor students as well as be involved in the ministry overseas.

On Royal Servants, you will learn how to be a disciple who produces disciples. But don’t worry we will prepare you for the role! As a Staff Discipler you will arrive at our Training Camp a week before the students to begin your in-depth training. From teachings, fellowship with your fellow disciplers, tangible small group dynamic instructions, and even a focus on your own spiritual preparation for the summer, you will have a blast while preparing for the role God is calling you to. Your Trip Leaders will walk alongside you to help you with any questions. They will provide encouragement, support and ideas as you head into the summer of discipleship and missions, and as you walk alongside your students while their worldview explodes!

Bottom line, as a Staff Discipler you’ll be partnering together with the Lord to be your students’ shepherd, encourager, mentor, model, listener, and accountability partner.

 

How is a staff Discipler different than a student?

A Staff Discipler is typically older than a student. Students on Royal Servants will be between the ages of 13-18. Staff Disciplers must be 19 years old and have graduated from High School (exceptions are made only at the recommendation of a previous trip leader and/or approval by the director of Royal Servants).

What type of training will I receive?

As a Staff Discipler you will arrive one week prior to Training Camp for training specific to your role covering topics such as:

  • How to lead a small group discussion and prayer time
  • How to grow and encourage your students
  • How to delegate responsibilities to your students
  • How to develop your leadership skills
  • How to navigate challenging situations with your student: i.e. homesickness, feelings of inadequacy and culture shock

A Staff Discipler is one of the most important, stretching, influential, and simply amazing roles on a Royal Servants mission trip. As a Discipler, however you are not alone, your Trip Leaders will come alongside you during the training week, and throughout the trip, to make sure you are prepared practically, emotionally, and spiritually for the role. Not to mention that you will have peers and fellow disciplers who walk with you throughout the summer.

Do I need to have experience leading small groups before coming as a Staff Discipler?

No, it’s not necessary. We’ll give you all the training and support you’ll need to be an effective Staff Discipler. If you have led a small group before, you might find it helpful, but being a Staff Discipler is going to be different than most small group roles you may have experienced.

Is this role similar to a camp counselor?

The ultimate goal of developing relationships with students and pointing them toward Christ is the same as a “camp counselor”. However, as a camp counselor you generally will only have a week with your students; during a Royal Servants summer, it’s a different story.

The discipleship model we work from is life-on-life discipleship. That means that as a Staff Discipler you will be living, interacting, and ministering alongside the students during the entire mission trip. You’ll be given anywhere from 2-4 students for the 5-7 weeks of the trip. You will spend time nearly every day talking through the day’s Bible reading, praying, and following up with your students emotionally and physically. You will also be responsible for practical life discipleship, such as social situations,  relationships, or even helping them navigate busy streets safely!

What will be some of my responsibilities?

  • Leading your discipleship group in discussing each day’s Bible reading
  • Setting the environment for and leading your group in prayer
  • Working alongside and leading your “d-group” in assigned meal preparation (don’t worry we’ll train you)
  • Assisting your students with their memorization
  • Depending on the trip, you’ll be sleeping in a tent or room with your d-group

Can I go as a staff discipler on any trip?

Yes, every trip needs Staff Disciplers. However, Royal Servants may ask you to consider going on another trip if another trip is lacking Disciplers and one you chose is fully staffed.

How many staff disciplers are on each trip?

That depends on the number of people on any given mission trip. Royal Servants’ goal is to have one staff for every two to four students. Generally, there are anywhere between 6-12 Staff Disciplers on each trip. The community and experiences forged between staff disciplers is often an amazing highlight and catalyst to growth as you lead your discipleship groups alongside each other and pursue discipleship together.

How do you choose who is in my discipleship group?

Once you arrive at staff training with the other Disciplers, your Trip Leaders spend time getting to know you, understanding your unique gifting and then prayerfully consider which students you will be gifted with for the entire summer.

Are discipleship groups gender specific?

Yes, discipleship groups are always gender specific, guys with guy leaders and girls with girl leaders. Due to the nature of our trips you’ll be spending a lot of time together in your “d-groups” cooking, eating, sleeping, shopping and ministering alongside one another.

What about after the summer, does my staff discipler role continue?

This is entirely up to you. Once all the students have either been picked up at the airport or caught a flight home, your responsibilities end. Due to distance and busy schedules it’s not always possible to keep up with your students after everyone gets home, but the significant relationships you’ve built it might be harder to not be in contact with them.

Can I receive college credit for this?

Depending on your major and internship requirements, many Staff Disciplers have received internship credit for their summer with Royal Servants with majors such as:

  • Youth Ministry
  • Communications
  • Photography
  • Leadership
  • Bible

If you would like to try and receive credit for your mission trip, please send your internship requirements to Margaret Fischer at mfischer@reignministries.org.

Who should go as a staff discipler?

You! If you have a passion for pouring into those younger than you, if you get excited at the thought of helping students navigate real-life issues, and if helping raise up a generation of youth committed to Christ, all the while ministering to the nations then being a Staff Discipler is perfect for you.

 

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Evan (RS Student)

If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the...
2013-10-31T18:38:52+00:00
If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the truth, peace, and love of Christ. Not only can you see their life change but yours will as well. God will and can use you if you allow Him. So thank you Royal Servants and thank you Lord! – Evan

Abby (Student)

I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all...
2013-10-31T18:39:36+00:00
I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all circumstances and give up control of my life. I met some amazing people and I will never forget it. It was an awesome experience! – Abby

Matthew (Student)

Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new...
2013-10-31T18:40:27+00:00
Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new culture, find a new understanding of scripture, have a family of teens that are on fire for God and fall in love with my Father who loves me. I feel prepared to take what I have learned from this summer of service and begin a lifetime of ministry. – Matthew

Devin (Student)

I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin
2013-10-31T18:41:10+00:00
I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin

Phoebe (Student)

During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting...
2013-10-31T18:41:56+00:00
During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting to know him more. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be on a Royal Servant team this summer, and I am so excited to see how God uses this experience in the years to come. – Phoebe