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 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:
These studies and the other teachings help get the students and Staff Disciplers thinking about what might be getting in the way of a successful transition home. The debriefing teachings will also help them take what they experienced God do in lives and prepare them to take what they learned back home to school or church.Close
Leadership Team – The leadership team is made up of Trip Leaders (Reign’s full-time staff) and Assistants (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.
The leadership team also handles the team and participant finances, purchases and helps prepare meals, and deals with medical issues.
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. If there is more than one Reign Ministries’ staff on a trip, there is always one person who has been designated as the final authority and who oversees all aspects of the trip, from finances and medical, to interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution. The Trip Leader is with the team the entire length of the trip - eating the same food, sleeping in the same church (or tents, or dorms, etc.), and going through the same experience as each student and Staff Discipler. They are “on-call” 24/7, and are on hand to deal with any emergencies or issues that may arise during the mission trip.
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. Trip Leaders do most of the teaching on the team. The Trip Leaders also work side-by-side with the Staff Disciplers by offering advice, assistance, and encouragement. And when needed, the Trip Leaders work directly with students whose needs or issues may be more than the Staff Disciplers can handle.
The Trip Leaders are men and women who have many years worth of youth ministry experience and international missions experience. To be a Trip Leader on Royal Servants a person must:
An Assistant is a seasonal volunteer who helps with tasks that support the team, such as handling the food, finance, or medical role. They are most often alumni who have been recommended for the role, or first-time adults who want to be on a Royal Servants mission trip, yet do not want to be involved as a Staff Discipler.
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 assigned two to four students of the same gender to form a discipleship group (d-group). Staff Disciplers are trained to equip, encourage, and challenge each student to go deeper in their walk with Christ. A Staff Discipler is part shepherd, model, encourager, mentor, listener, and accountability partner. Their role is to live and minister alongside the students!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 (same gender, of course) who will be in that "d-group" the entire summer. We aim for a ratio of 1 Staff Discipler to 4 students or less.
We feel an essential ingredient of effective discipleship is a focus on God’s Word. We also greatly value seeing God’s Word get into a student’s life therefore,Trip Leaders assign a memory verse for each day and set aside an hour nearly every day for personal devotions.
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.
Another part of the discipleship process is simply learning how to work with, respect, and care for others on the team. Our teams make their own food, and d-groups rotate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner preparation. This allows some good connection points for the staff and the d-group to serve the whole team.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 almost all meals and transportation once a student or Staff Discipler arrives at Training Camp or the initial meeting area in Chicago.
Possible expenses outside of the mission trip costs are:
All trips require a passport. Your son or daughter will need to obtain a passport if they do not already have one.
Not all trips require a visa to enter the country. The trips that currently require visas are China, Nepal, and Sierra Leone. We will provide detailed instructions on how and where to obtain a visa if the trip requires one.
Transportation costs to Chicago (or Training Camp) to begin the mission trip are not included in the price of the trip.
All participants have a choice to drive directly to Training Camp or to meet Reign Ministries’ staff in Chicago to begin the mission trip. For those who choose to meet in Chicago, Royal Servants will provide transportation (included in cost) from Chicago to Wisconsin to begin Training Camp.
The mission trip officially ends once each team arrives back at Chicago O’Hare airport from overseas. Each participant needs to either be met at the airport or arrange a flight home on the day of the team’s arrival.
Each participant is allowed one checked bag for the international portion of the mission trip. However, participants are responsible for any baggage fees that the airlines may charge as a result of a domestic flight to and/or from the mission trip.
Each participant is issued a matching pack for the mission trip. A $65.00 deposit for the pack is added to the cost of the mission trip. The deposit is then refunded once the pack is returned to Reign Ministries at the end of the mission trip.
There may be some items that you will need to purchase. More details are found in the packing list that is included in the Prep Packet. The Prep Packet is sent to each student or Staff Discipler once their application process is completed.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.
This is where we post all of the trip updates (including text, pictures, and videos) in one place and is also the same updates that are sent via email with our subscribing service.
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