Go Short-term

When it comes to short-term missions, a driving conviction we hold to is that we do short-term trips with the long-term in view. This is done through strategic partnership with our long-term missionaries around the world. We send our short-term teams to encourage our field partners and serve as an extension of their ministry to reach the lost and disciple the nations. Short-term trips are one of the best discipleship opportunities at our church.

Mercy Hill Church Short-term Missions
Mercy Hill Church Short-term Missions - Peru

Steps to going with a Short-term Team

  • Step 1: Select a Trip

    Choose which trip is best for you from the opportunities below.

  • Step 2: Apply

    Complete the Short-term Team Member application below. For international trips, you will need a current passport before starting your application. A $100 deposit is due before final acceptance to a short-term team.

  • Step 3: Raise Support

    Each Team Member is responsible for raising financial and prayer support. You will be guided in how to do this successfully and must demonstrate diligence to meet your support goals.

  • STEP 4: Attend Team Meetings

    Most short-term trips will have 3-4 required team meetings prior to the trip. These team meetings focus on spiritual preparation, team unity, ministry training and trip logistics.

  • STEP 5: Go with a Servant’s Spirit

    The aim of each trip is to assist our long-term partners in accomplishing their God-given goals. There is no job that is too small for you to do.

Qualifications for Short-term Team Members

Follower of Christ

Active participation with Mercy Hill Church

Humility to learn from and serve others

Featured Upcoming Trips

Mercy Hill Missions - Kentucky

Blackey, Kentucky | August 4-10

Lead your family to value the dignity of all people and assist in the flourishment of others. This trip is geared for parents to go with their children (ages 5 and above) to serve an impoverished community in rural Appalachia.

  • Team Size: 12-14
  • Estimated Cost: $300 + transportation (adults); $250 + transportation (children ages 5-17); $1050 + transportation (for a family of four or more)
  • Application Deadline: June 30
Mercy Hill Church Missions - North American Church Planting

Philadelphia | August 25-31

Life’s biggest decisions are often made in college. Help our church plant, Redemption Heights Church, connect students to Christ with on-campus outreach activities at the start of the semester. Your role on this team will be to have fun with new students and invite them to experience gospel-centered community. All in just one week, you will be a major blessing to our church plant team and could shape the direction of many students’ lives.

  • Team Size: 6-8 young adults
  • Estimated Cost: $500
  • Application Deadline: June 30
Mercy Hill Church - Missions - Upcoming Trips - South Asia

South Asia | October 10-18

Serve alongside our field partners as they train nationals how to evangelize and disciple among the least reached people groups in our world. When joining this team, be prepared for God to deepen your desire for his glory among the nations.

  • Team Size: 4
  • Estimated Cost: $2,500
  • Application Deadline: June 30

Apply for a Trip

God’s mission is global in scope, and every believer has a role in fulfilling the Great Commission. If God is moving in your heart for you to join us in working alongside our global partners to strengthen the church and reach the unreached, click the button below to apply for a trip.

FAQs for Short-term Trips

1. Will I have to eat strange food?

Tasting the foods of another culture can be fun and exciting. It can also endear you to the people you go to serve. So you will be encouraged to eat as you see others eating. We do not want to offend our hosts by snubbing their food or disrespecting their table customs. At the same time, we don’t want to offend our tummies. Our field partners understand the American pallet and will help guide you on the appropriate way to decline something you just don’t think you can stomach. If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to note that in your team member application.

2. Do I need to know a different language?

The short answer is no. Learning basic greetings and phrases in your host’s native tongue communicates your interest and care. But you are not expected to speak their language. Interpreters will be assigned as necessary to overcome language barriers.

3. Where will we stay?

Accommodations vary for each trip. We’ve sent teams who’ve slept in hammocks, on dirt-floors in people’s homes, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Our field partners strive to find accommodations that are clean and appealing, but don’t expect to stay at the Ritz. You will likely be without some of the amenities you’re accustomed to.

4. What should I wear?

Modesty is a must. Long pants and skirts will be the typical attire. Women may be encouraged to wear scarfs and long shirts. Team Leaders will also guide you on what is appropriate to pack for the climate you are entering.

5. Can I afford to go?

Few Short-term Team Members fund the entirety of the trip themselves. You are encouraged to raise support because the process of support raising will better prepare you for your ministry in multiple ways. Upon acceptance to a team, you will be coached and equipped to successfully raise support to cover the cost of your trip.

More Ways to Go

If God is calling you to the nations, there are multiple pathways for you to go mid-term or long-term. Contact our Missions Director, bmiller@mercyhillgso.com, to explore how to be sent from Mercy Hill.