Missions Trip Commissioning Services

Does your church know what your student group is up to? Plan a churchwide recognition or commissioning service to get the word out.

Missions Team Commissioning Service
Opening Prayer
Congregational Hymn “Because I Have Been Given Much” (The Baptist Hymnal)
Scripture Reading Matthew 25:35–40
Introduction of Team Leader
Testimonies Team Members
Responsive Reading
LEADER: The Bible declares that God has commissioned every Christian to make disciples of all nations. We present these students before you, O God, as those who have responded to this call and are dedicating themselves now to help fulfill Your commission.
TEAM MEMBERS: We commit ourselves to your service, Lord, in response to Your call on our lives.
LEADER: We as the congregation of _______, committed to God’s mission in our own community and throughout the world, pledge ourselves to daily, specific prayer for each member of this team during their journey.
CONGREGATION: We will join together in supporting you as you obey the commission of God.
TEAM MEMBERS: We acknowledge that we can do nothing without the strength of God, and we pledge ourselves to following His will and commands as we embark on this missions journey.
LEADER AND CONGREGATION: May the grace, peace, and wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you as you serve.
TEAM MEMBERS: Use us, O God, for Your service.
ALL: Amen.
Scripture Reading Romans 10:14–15
Congregational Hymn “So Send I You” (The Baptist Hymnal)
Prayer of Dedication
Missions Team Commissioning Service
Congregational singing “Here I Am to Worship” (Here I Am to Worship, Tim Hughes)
“Lord, Most High” (Songs 4 Worship, Vol. 14, Lord Most High)
Introduction of Missions Team
Team Member Testimonies
Matthew 9:36–38 Dramatic Reading
Reader 1: Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
Reader 2: AIDS. Poverty. Famine. Homelessness. Hopelessness. Who will offer hope and healing?
Reader 1: When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Reader 2: There are around 1.6 billion people in the world who have never heard of Jesus Christ.
Reader 1: Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”
Reader 2: There are around 10,000 Baptist missionaries serving around the world today.
Reader 1: “Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to end out laborers into His harvest.”
Reader 2: The world is calling out for truth and love. God is calling out for committed workers to spread His good news to all peoples. Will you answer the call?
Congregational Singing “So Send I You” (The Baptist Hymnal)
Missions Challenge/Sermon
Creative Movement to “Strong,” by Audio Adrenaline
Prayer of Dedication Pastor
Parents and friends of team members surround team as pastor leads in prayer.


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In his book Both Feet In, retired missionary Dr. Bud Fray references an old African proverb that says: “Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.” It’s like testing the temperature of the pool water before you jump in; we stick our toe in first and if it’s too cold we have the option of pulling back. Once we jump in with both feet we are committed . . . and we better know how to swim!

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