What is the doctrinal statement of Teen Missions?
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood and His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His tangible return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of the body of the saved and lost — they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
This doctrinal statement is taken from the doctrine statement of Youth For Christ and is consistent with evangelical and interdenominational organizations. .
Is Teen Missions affiliated with any specific denominations? No. Teen Missions is not a denomination but is interdenominational. Teen Missions staff, leaders and team members come from a wide range of evangelical denominations.
What is Teen Missions policy on doctrine? Teen Missions does not discuss or teach the doctrines that divide the body of believers. Teens asking questions of specific doctrinal issues are directed to their parents and/or pastors. Doctrines included in the Teen Missions Doctrinal Statement are taught.
What are the basic parts of the summer program? Teen Missions summer mission trip program has three main parts:
Does Teen Missions screen team members? Teen Missions does not require recommendations or references before team members are assigned to teams. Teen Missions does, however, have a strict screening process for its leaders and requires them to undergo the Teen Missions’ Leader’s Seminar before they are permitted to lead a team.
For safety reasons, 15cm construction boots are required for all team members and leaders throughout the duration of the team. Besides the obvious safety advantages for a work project site and rugged terrain, these boots protect against disease caused by human and animal waste found on and in the ground in some places overseas.
What is Boot Camp? Boot Camp is given its name because everyone is required to wear work boots. It is a rugged training facility where young people learn team work on the Obstacle Course and experience each training activity as a team. Teens undergo training in basic construction, evangelism, music, drama, and spiritual and practical survival skills in preparation for their summer project
What is the purpose of the Obstacle Course? A timed obstacle course is used to unify a team and to teach them how to work together and to prepare the team for situations which may be encountered while overseas.
Do I have to run the Obstacle Course? All team members are required to participate in the Obstacle Course to the best of their ability. In the case of a medical condition, a doctor’s note is required to be excused from doing the obstacles. In this case, team members will walk the course, so they will be involved as much as possible with the rest of the team.
What about Special Diets & Medications? Any special medications or diet restrictions are reported to Teen Missions on the Health Status Forms. Appropriate measures are taken by the team leadership to ensure the proper care of each team member while under their care. Medical conditions are reported to Teen Missions during the registration process and occasionally may limit mission trip choices to destinations that allow for suitable care.
What is done in the case of serious illness or injury? At Boot Camp, a First Aid is available 24 hours a day. While on the field, if a team member is sick for more than 24 hours, they will visit a doctor, clinic, or whatever medical facility is available to be seen by a health care worker. The location of these medical facilities and doctors is determined in advance so that no time is wasted in getting team members proper care.
What happens in the event of political unrest, natural disaster or other safety issues while the team is overseas? Teen Missions monitors all the locations of teams, and is in communication with the missionaries that the teams will be working with. In the event of any political unrest, natural disaster, or other safety issues arising, Teen Missions will transfer a team from it’s project to another site. We will do whatever necessary to ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety of each team member and leader.
Can I send my child care packages? We ask that no care packages be sent to team members while on any part of their summer team. In many cases, packages sent to team members arrive after the team has left, and it becomes the responsibility of the full time missionary on the field to pay for any customs and taxes that the country charges out of his or her own finances. In most countries, packages cannot be returned to sender, and MUST be claimed by the missionary.
Will I receive news updates? Each team member is required to send a letter home once a week. Team members are also permitted one phone call home (time permitting) prior to departure overseas and upon return before the beginning of Debrief.
Do I need a passport? All team members and leaders are required to have a valid passport.
How do I raise support? After registering, each team member and leader receives a support packet with support letters and prayer cards to be used in raising money for your summer team. These letters and prayer cards are designed to give your supporters relevant information of Teen Missions and the team you are going on. Make a list of family, friends, church members and others who would be potential supporters. Send each person on the list a support letter and prayer card.
How are the funds I raise spent? The Project Expenses that team members raise are dispersed by Teen Missions to cover the expenses of the team transportation, food, building supplies and operational expenses.