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Planning Resources for Leaders

Service Learning Field Guide. Provides a comprehensive overview of the service learning process with helpful ideas for planning meaningful service and mission experiences. Produced by the SALLT Project. Available in the SALLT Store.

Welcome Forward: A Field Guide for Global Travelers
(with music CD). A resource to help prepare groups of any age for thoughtful, respectful, life changing, community-centered mission trips and travel. Available from or 1-800-328-4648. Order one copy free of charge from

"Questions to Ask for Planning a Mission Trip" and "Mission Trip Planning Chart." Simple, ready-to-use sheets with questions to consider when planning domestic mission trips (including purpose, logistics, training, etc.), as well as a timeline planning chart. Produced by the Presbyterian Church USA. Available at

A Trip Leader's Planning Manual. Volume 1 in the three-volume series "When God's People Travel Together." A comprehensive guide to planning youth mission trips and service projects. Produced by the Presbyterian Church USA. Order from or 1-800-524-2612.

An Asset Builder's Guide to Service-Learning, by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Tom Bright, and Beth Margolis-Rupp (Search Institute, 2000). A workbook-format resource to guide leaders through planning service experiences that promote development toward the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. Available from or 1-877-240-7251.

Beyond Leaf Raking: Learning to Serve/Serving to Learn, by Peter L. Benson and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain (Abingdon Press, 1993). Though dated, this book is an excellent resource to introduce service learning to a congregational youth ministry and includes numerous handouts and planning charts.

The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip, by David C. Forward (Moody Publishers, 1998). A practical guide for missionaries and their team leaders to undertake specific, time-limited missions projects.

Short-Term Missions: From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens, by Tim Dearborn (InterVarsity Press, 2003). A concise workbook to short-term missions planning, including cross-cultural competence, avoiding a tourist mentality, and spiritual preparation.

Sojourning: A Leader's Guide for Short-Term Mission Travel. For trip organizers and leaders facilitating successful mission travel experiences. Produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Order from or 1-800-638-3522.

Making a Difference: Leading Students in Life-Changing Service. A helpful guide for youth leaders in integrating life-changing service into a congregational youth ministry. Available from Group Publishing, or 1-800-447-1070.

"Learning through Service: A Guide to Immersion Trips and Extended Service Projects for Youth." A helpful guide to understanding immersion trips and extended service projects, including preparation, planning, reflection, and logistical concerns. Produced by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Available here.

Mission Trips from Start to Finish,by Lynne Ellis. Includes a workbook and CD-ROM, covering areas of preparation, logistics, serving onsite, and follow-up. Also contains numerous worksheets and reproducible handouts. Order from

Mission Trip Prep Kit - Leader's Guide and Youth Guide.These companion resources can facilitate planning and preparation for short-term mission experiences, including outlines for four pre-trip sessions and two post-trip sessions. Order from

Programmatic Resources to Use With Youth and Adults

Service Learning Field Guide. A comprehensive overview of the service learning process with helpful ideas for planning meaningful service and mission experiences. Produced by the SALLT Project. Available in the SALLT Store.

Simple Guide for Leading the Reflection Process in Service and Mission Experiences. A one-page booklet with suggested questions for leading a conversation following a service experience. Produced by the SALLT Project. Available in the SALLT Store.

Service and Learning: A Way of Life. A five-session DVD with leader's guide to equip parents, youth ministry leaders, and congregations in teaching biblical concepts through service and mission experiences. Unit 2 in the "Teaching the Bible with Children, Youth & Families" series to promote biblical literacy. Available at

Deep Justice Journeys Leader's Guide:
50 Activities to Move from Mission Trips to Missional Living, by Kara E. Powell and Brad M. Griffin (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2009). A leader's guide for designing mission trips with deeper purpose and attention to critical justice issues.

Deep Justice Journeys Student Journal: Moving from Mission Trips to Missional Living,
by Kara E. Powell and Brad M. Griffin (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2009). A well-crafted, comprehensive reader and journal for service experiences. Reflection questions challenge participants to consider social justice issues that rise from service and mission experiences. (Serves as an excellent companion to the Deep Justice Journeys Leader's Guide above.)

Crazy Enough to Care: Changing Your World through Compassion, Justice, and Racial Reconciliation,
by Alvin C. Bibbs, Sr. (InterVarsity Press, 2009). A 12-session guide for individual or group study, complete with Bible studies, conversation questions, and ideas to spark interest in serving the world.

Ministry Resources for Justice and Service,
by Thomas J. Bright, Mike Poulin, Sean T. Lansing, and Joan Weber (Saint Mary's Press, 2004). Book and CD-ROM package offers suggestions of programs and strategies for involving youth in justice, service, and advocacy.

Living the Works of Mercy: Daring Teens to Change the World,
by Ellen P. Cavanaugh (Saint Mary's Press, 2003). A thoughtful, Catholic-oriented guide to creating opportunities for Christian faith to come alive through "works of mercy" (i.e., visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, etc.). Includes outlines for two retreat possibilities.

Faithful Travel.
A five-program DVD series to explore "faithful travel" and raise provocative questions for those considering domestic or global education trips. Hosted by popular travel author Rick Steves, the DVD can be purchased or viewed online. Discussion guide included. Available at

Finding Your Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment. An online-based assessment tool to discover spiritual gifts, provided by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Available at

"Accompaniment: A Lens and Methodology for Global Mission." Visit these web pages for ideas to train your global mission team to better understand the nature of international service experiences and the unique challenges of serving among persons of other cultures.

Bible Studies for Mission. Volume 3 in the three-volume series "When God's People Travel Together." A Bible study resource to introduce youth to the biblical call to mission and service. Produced by the Presbyterian Church USA. Order from or 1-800-524-2612.

Glue Boys. A documentary designed to create awareness about what is happening to thousands of impoverished children around the world and to inspire youth to action. A resource kit of the DVD, leader's guide, and promotional materials are available. Order from

The Giraffe Heroes Project. Provides resources to motivate children and teens to make a difference in the lives of others. Includes ideas for incorporating service learning into activities.

Institute for Peace and Justice. Catholic-affiliated organization providing resources for peace and justice, including a resource section for youth ministry leaders.

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Office for Social Justice. A Catholic-oriented organization providing resources to encourage social justice, including helpful resources that compare the concepts of charity and justice.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. A service learning resource center, sponsored by Learn and Service America. Provides resources for K-12, higher education, and community-based service learning programs.

ELCA World Hunger Program. Resources and information concerning local and international hunger issues, including opportunities to respond. Includes resources for children and youth. or 1-800-638-3522. Resources produced by Augsburg Fortress can be ordered from

Lutheran Peace Fellowship. An organization dedicated to encouraging Christians to be peacemakers and justice seekers. Provides a number of youth-appropriate resources.

Ideas for Service Experiences
Journeys for Youth and Young Adults. List of service learning opportunities and adventure programs for youth groups offered by camps and retreat centers associated with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.

Hands-On Service Ideas for Youth Groups, by Steve Case and Fred Cornforth (Group Publishing, 1995). Provides numerous ideas for service projects for congregational youth groups.

The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference, by Barbara A. Lewis (Free Spirit Publishing, 1995). A wealth of ideas for children- and youth-oriented service learning projects, organized into categories such as animals, environment, hunger, and literacy.

Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations. Find local Lutheran-affiliated community service organizations at

VolunteerMatch. An online database of volunteer opportunities with local nonprofit organizations.

Action Without Borders. A comprehensive website to introduce youth and young adults to international volunteer service opportunities, searchable by geographic location or type of service.

"A Year of Servanting Ideas." A website with numerous service project ideas, appropriate to the month or season, provided by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).

The Source 4 Youth Ministry. A website with dozens of ideas for youth outreach and service projects.

Do Something. A comprehensive website to inspire youth to community service and connect young people with local volunteer opportunities. Provides information on a variety of opportunities for community engagement, including the environment, violence, hunger, discrimination, and disaster response.

Souper Bowl of Caring. An organization encouraging fundraising support for local hunger-related charities on or near Super Bowl Sunday. A "starter kit" (including DVD, handouts, and promotional materials) is available at

30-Hour Famine. Sponsored by World Vision, the 30-Hour Famine is an international youth movement to raise awareness and take action on global hunger issues. Comprehensive resources (including video, handouts, and promotional materials) are available free of charge for program leaders. More information available at or 1-800-7-FAMINE.

Wheatridge Ministries. A charitable organizations the supports church-related health and human care ministries with the intention of growing healthy neighborhoods and communities.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. A full-service fraternal benefits and financial services organization, with local chapters engaged in community service efforts. Local chapters also provide grant funds for service-oriented projects.