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Q: What type of work will I do on a mission trip?
A: Every trip is different. The underlying goal of our short term trips are church planting and church support. Trips revolve around building up the local church through effective evangelism and discipleship in the local community. Most trips are a combination of many things, including: church service projects, community outreach, evangelism through drama and concerts, vacation Bible school for children, and even conferences for pastors and leaders. Caring for, encouraging, and loving our missionaries is also a key objective.

Q. Do I need a passport?
A. For international trips, you must have a valid passport with at least six months remaining prior to your passport expiration from the date of departure and at least two free pages for entry/exit and visa stamps. For domestic trips, a valid state issued ID is required. You are required to obtain these on your own. For more information, visit Travel.State.gov/Passport.

Q. What does the trip cost cover?
A. The trip cost includes airfare, airport taxes, visas, meals, lodging, in country transportation, ministry expenses, and international travel insurance.

Q. What is not covered in the trip cost?
A. Immunizations, airport snacks, and optional recreational/sightseeing activities. During training, you’ll be informed of any additional expenses.

Q. Do I need any previous missions experience?
A. No. A few of our trips are specialized in nature, and if there are requirements, you’ll be made aware of them during the interview process. Most trips are great opportunities for those new to missions, those who are called, or those willing to try new things.

Q. Is my deposit refundable if I’m not accepted to the team?
A. Yes. If for some reason Calvary Chapel makes the choice to decline your application, your fee is fully refundable. If you decide to cancel your participation, refunds cannot be made.

Q. Do all payments and donations need to be made online?
A. No.  Donors can donate online through www.calvarychatt.com/missions.  Donors outside of Calvary Chapel should not check out as guest nor give through general online giving. Checks and cash can be mailed to Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, PO Box 2127, Chattanooga, TN 37409.

Q. Are donations tax deductible?
A. Yes. All donations allocated to Calvary Chapel Chattanooga are tax deductible and the donor will receive a year-end statement. Cash and other donations made out to the individual are not tax deductible, so it’s best that donors give online at www.calvarychatt.com/missions.

Q.  How much of the cost needs to be raised before departure?
A: Team participants need to have raised 100% of the finances before the date of departure.

Q. What if incoming donations exceed my need?
A. Donations that exceed the need of the participant will still be used for mission projects. First priority will be given to ministry needs of that specific trip. If budgets for the particular missions trip are met, funds will go for future mission projects.

Q. Why is it important to adhere to application and financial deadlines?
A. Planning an international team trip involves communication with embassies, travel agents, hotels, transport providers, missionaries, and sometimes, medical professionals. Also, depending on the cost of your trip, deadlines are strategically given to allow you plenty of time to raise support. Applicants who apply late may be accepted if there is still availability, but will still be responsible to meet all the obligations of the trip on time, including financial due dates.

Q. Do I have to attend all team meetings in order to be a team member?
A. Yes. Training is required because we are committed to preparing you as completely as possible. This is an essential time for understanding the culture and ministry, as well as building team unity. Team training dates are on the calendar well in advance, so you can plan accordingly. If you commit to a trip, you are committing to training and to a team, so please give training dates the highest priority.

Q. What kind of preparation is provided in team trainings?
A. Team training sessions are tailored to the country, culture, and ministry needs of our partners on location. We cover the language, history, and culture of the country. Standard training includes both ministry and practical aspects. We’ll go over outreach, evangelism, servanthood, team dynamics, spiritual warfare, packing, travel, safety, jetlag, on-the-ground logistics, and more. Additionally, specialized planning for children’s ministry, sports, and other activities will take place as your team creates the ministry together.

Q. May I deviate from the group’s itinerary—stay longer or leave early?
A. Due to restrictions imposed by airlines on individual and group tickets, deviations can often increase the cost for all other trip participants. Therefore, we’re generally unable to accommodate deviations from the group itinerary. If a deviation is required due to extenuating circumstances, the individual would be responsible for all additional costs. Under no circumstances will deviations be allowed on the front end of the trip. The team must travel to the country together.

Q. What immunizations are required?
A. Each country has its own recommendations and requirements. The government has a website which we use as our guide (CDC.gov/Travel). As a church, we’ll give you the freedom to prayerfully consider recommended immunizations; however, you must get any required immunizations. Some immunizations take several weeks to take effect, so plan early. Suggestions made by us are general. If you have special health needs, direct your questions to your doctor.

Q. Do I need to attend Calvary Chapel to be considered?
A. No, but you must regularly attend church somewhere. During the trip, you’re a representative of Calvary Chapel Chattanooga and will be expected to adhere to our statement of faith. Preference will be given to Calvary Chapel attendees if applications exceed available spots.