Here on Royal Servants, our commitment to you is that your son or daughter will be engaged in relevant, effective, challenging ministry, be intentionally discipled in an atmosphere with a spiritual emphasis, and be led by competent, seasoned mission professionals.
Every Royal Servants mission trip follows the same basic format, although it is adjusted to meet the needs of the specific ministry location. Each mission trip has three phases:
Training Camp may sound intimidating, but don’t let a name put you off. Simply put, Training Camp is one of the most important aspects of the mission trip. America’s armed forces don’t take raw recruits and toss them straight into battle. Neither do we.
Training Camp is a challenging, fast-paced environment designed to give students the tools they need to be successful on the mission field. As a result, students and Staff Disciplers will arrive at their overseas ministry site:
Once Training Camp is finished, all teams fly overseas to begin the outreach phase. Each trip’s specific ministry is determined by the location, the vision of the local missionary or church contact, and the needs of the people. We also continue with our program in ways such as:
Each Royal Servants mission trip sets aside time where the Trip Leaders will walk the team through the first practical steps after returning home to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Part of debriefing schedule includes:
Leadership Team – The leadership team is made up of Trip Leaders (Reign Ministres’ full-time staff) and Assistants (either Reign Ministries’ full-time staff or seasonal volunteers). The leadership team sets each day’s schedule, arranges the ministry outreach, and interacts daily with the local missionaries and/or ministry contacts.
Each team’s leadership is made up of qualified youth professionals, not simply individuals who sign up to lead a mission trip.
Trip Leaders set the tone for their teams. They are models, teachers, counselors, and mentors to students who need to see a solid example of godliness lived out. Our Trip Leaders have a profound impact in the life of each student. Therefore, we make sure only experienced and qualified youth workers lead Royal Servants mission trips.
To be a Trip Leader, a person must be on Reign Ministries’ staff. There is at least one, and often two, Trip Leaders leading each team. Reign Ministristries staff have a minimum of three years youth ministry and/or missions experience (most have many more years), experience at least one or more training summers before leading to create a healthy balance of discipline and fun and know how to lovingly enforce the guidelines while being sensitive to individual needs.
Royal Servants’ Trip Leaders have the experience, training, and maturity to work seamlessly with our international ministry partners. They organize and balance the demands of the field with the needs of the team, and create an atmosphere where each student and Staff Discipler feels safe.
An Assistant is a seasonal volunteer who helps with tasks that support the team, such as handling the food, finance, or medical role.
Each Trip Leader is assisted by at least two, and most often multiple, Assistants. Each leadership team (Trip Leaders and Assistants) have at least one person of opposite gender of the Trip Leader so both male and female needs can be best addressed.
Staff Disciplers are most often (though not limited to) college-age individuals. They spend a week being prepared for the role one week prior to Training Camp. Staff Disciplers are trained to equip, encourage, and challenge each student to go deeper in their walk with Christ.Close
Royal Servants is very intentional about making sure that each student is discipled during the entire mission trip – beginning at Training Camp and continuing throughout debriefing. Therefore, each Staff Discipler is assigned 2-4 students of the same gender who will be in that discipleship group (d-group) the entire summer.
The discipleship model we work from is life-on-life. That means that the Staff Disciplers (and the leadership team) are living, interacting, and ministering alongside the students during the summer. Their role is to meet with their group each day after devotions to process through and discuss the daily devotions that were assigned. They are there to listen, talk, and pray through issues, problems, and frustrations that students may be experiencing.Close
The cost of each mission trip is listed on each trip’s specific page on the website. The cost of the mission trip includes transportation and almost all meals once a student or Staff Discipler arrives either at Training Camp or the initial meeting area in Chicago.
Possible expenses outside of the mission trip costs are: passport (required for overseas travel), visa (country dependent), domestic travel (to training camp and after the summer), baggage fees (if applicable), medical (physical, vaccinations, travel insurance), etc. for more details please read the prep-packet.Close
We love that we can update you as parents, supporters, family, and friends of the teams’ safe arrivals, and even show you a peek into their trips when photos are sent back to us. Our goal is to keep you updated as time and internet accessibility will allow us for the teams this summer. For many teams, updates are limited because internet access is rarely available. We will do our best to keep you informed of their safe travels, ministry testimonies, and overall trip happenings.
There are several ways to receive information and updates from our trips while they are at Training Camp or overseas:
Subscribing to Reign Ministries (availability coming soon) ensures that you will get all the latest updates. You will receive an email at 5 PM (central time) containing a collection of updates from that day.
Would you like to send a note to a Royal Servant while they are at Training Camp? You send them, we print them, and our Trip Leaders will pass them out to the students-simple!
All emails must be sent between the dates of June 10 and July 28th before 3PM. They will be printed each day (by 3PM) and then passed out to the students.
PLEASE NOTE: Your student will not be able to respond to your emails and these are not private so do not send sensitive information. For sensitive information, please contact us directly.Close