How International Ministry Trips are Structured and Staffed
The normal weekend schedule for a local church renewal event is modified as needed for the international setting. In some cases they are held mid week. In some cases they are held on multiple evenings with other ministry being done during the day. Sometimes the event is lengthened or shortened. Usually the team does two events in two different locations in the country during a 10-21 day trip. Some time is taken during the trip for the visiting team to learn more about the country and ministry situation and to participate in other ministry opportunities.
Coordinators and team members pay their own expenses to participate in the trip. Often those expenses may include the costs of translating and printing the participant materials. In cases where ministry is being done among the poor, team members may also be subsidizing the costs of the participants’ food, housing and transportation.
International teams are usually 8-15 persons and they are formed in two ways. The traditional model is where an International Coordinator recruits a team from across the country. The coordinator would recruit from ARM lists of trained team members who have indicated interest in being on international teams.
The local church sending model is where a local church catches a vision of partnering with ARM to send a team from their own church to lead one of ARM’s team-led local church renewal events in an international setting. In this case an ARM trainer is sent to a local church to train people in that church to be team members of one of the local church renewal events. Some of those trained may wish to only be used in the