Clendenin suffered a devastating flood in 2016, damaging hundreds of homes across this beautiful, Appalachian town. Years later, residents are still in need of repairs and rebuilding from the flood. Join us in helping the amazing people of Clendenin.


June 6 - 12

June 13 – 19

June 20 – 26

June 27 – July 3*

July 4 – 10

July 11 – 17

July 18 – 24

July 25 – July 31

August 1 – 7

* Sunday through Friday trip


Next Step first started working in West Virginia in 2012. For four years we served alongside a missionary family in a small town called Rosedale. Over those initial summers, we were blessed to see many of our friends and neighbors come into a deeper relationship with Christ and grow together as a community.

Following the flood of 2016, Next Step began to redirect their efforts to Clendenin, a small town about an hour southwest of Rosedale, to assist in flood relief. During our time in Clendenin, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to walk alongside this town through their journey of relief and recovery. Next Step volunteers were in Clendenin within hours of the flood waters receding, and have been partnering with families and organizations in Clendenin ever since. While initial relief efforts have ended, Next Step continues to send volunteers to Clendenin with long-term, community development as their goal.

Through the platform of construction and home repair, Next Step students have the opportunity to join in the continuing recovery of Clendenin, and learn why they call it: “Almost Heaven, West Virginia”.

Join us this summer in Clendenin, West Virginia!



Local Church in Clendenin

First Baptist Church Of Clendenin was affected by the flood in 2016 but quickly focused on helping others rebuild. They have been active in the restoration process and continue to be a welcoming host church for Next Step.


Local Little League Program

The Clendenin Little League Field is part of the heart of this wonderful little  town. Next Step works alongside the community to help restore the field and revitalize the area to help bring back people and commerce. 


Local Church

HBC responded to the flood and housed over 1,000 volunteers in their church the first year. Since then, Heritage continues partnering Next Step by providing additional housing, community projects and even weekly pizza donations!




We’ve been told our worship experience is where summer camp meets mission trip. At Next Step, your students will create unforgettable memories and friendships while worshipping and growing together in their understanding of who Jesus is. Each evening will include great bands, challenging speakers and a powerful video series created and filmed exclusively for your mission trip.


Have you ever gone on a mission trip and been disappointed by the work projects? You’re left wondering— isn’t there something more we could have done? At Next Step, we have partnered with local community leaders to ensure that the projects are meaningful and alleviate vital building needs. Your students will work on projects such as full home builds, home additions, drywall, siding, flooring, wheelchair ramps, and more.


Do you ever wonder if your short-term mission trip really made a difference? At Next Step, students serve alongside local community members, churches and nonprofits, as we meet the needs of the community together. With our full-time staff living in the communities we partner with, and projects being selected by the community, you will be part of a movement in responsible short-term missions.


The trip is hosted at Clendenin First Baptist Church, right in the town of Clendenin! Here we will worship, eat meals, sleep, shower, and hang out. Girls will be sleeping on bunk beds, and will need to bring twin air mattresses. Boys will be sleeping downstairs, and can bring a twin air mattress or cot. This facility does have A/C.
Bus and van accessible, The nearest airport is Charleston Yeager (CRW) and it is about 30 minutes away from Clendenin First Baptist.
Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
Water Bottle
Insect Repellent
Swim Suit
Work Shoes
Work Clothes
Casual Clothes
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
3:00 pm – Arrive at Clendenin First Baptist Church
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Worship & Weekly Orientation
9:00 pm – Church time, Small groups & Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

7:00 am – Wake Up
7:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
8:00 am – Morning Devotional
8:15 am – Depart for Clendenin Work Sites
12:00 pm – Lunch & Devotion
4:00 pm – Clean up Worksite and Return Home
4:30 pm – Free time, Shower Time, Adult Leader Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner
6:45 – Shower/Free time
8:00 pm – Worship
9:30 – Church Time/Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

8:00 am – Wake up
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast and Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Morning Devotion
9:15 am – Depart for Free Day Activity
4:30 pm – Free time, Shower Time, Adult Leader Meeting
6:30 pm – Dinner at HBC
8:00 pm – Worship
9:30 pm – Church Time/Free time
11:00 pm – Lights out


When should I register for my trip?

Registration opens in July and will be available through early spring. To get your preferred dates, locations, and spaces, it is recommended to secure your spots sometime before October.

What is the min or max people per group?

For summer mission trips you must have a minimum of five participants to be eligible for a group. If you have less than five participants on your team, please contact our office. The maximum number of people will depend on location capacity and availability.

What is the adult to student ratio required?

Next Step Ministries asks each group to bring 1 adult for every 6 students.

Are background checks required?

Yes. Each church group is responsible for conducting background checks on each participant 18 years of age or older.

When will we find out what our work are?

Your group will learn about the work projects on the first night of your trip! Our staff will contact you 1-2 weeks prior to the trip to share updates and provide an adjusted tool list.

How are the trips staffed?

A Next Step Partnership Coordinator facilitates community partnerships, lines up projects, leads the summer staff, and coordinates other logistics such as lodging and accommodations. The trip itself will be facilitated by 8-12 energetic, mission-minded, and highly trained college interns. The site staff will include a construction team, worship team, speaker, meal coordinators, and administrative leaders to guide you through the week.

What if the trip I’m considering is already full?

Each location has a different max capacity, so please contact our office to learn more about spaces available. In the event we are fully booked for the trip you are interested in, we can put you on a wait list or help find alternative trip options. To avoid these delays, we recommend registering for your trip as soon as you can!

What is the payment schedule?

Payment for a Next Step Ministries mission trip is separated into a deposit and two scheduled payments:

  • Deposit - $50 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit per spot reserved due within 30 days of your trip registration date
  • March 15th Payment – 50% of remaining balance of trip cost due
  • May 15th Payment – 100% of remaining total balance of trip cost due

Is Next Step affiliated with a denomination?

No, we do not affiliate with a particular denomination. Next Step Ministries is an interdenominational organization and we partner with hundreds of churches from all different denominations on our mission trips. Please see our Statement of Faith to learn more about what we believe. In simple terms, we stick to the basics of the Gospel. Our foundation for ministry is to provide opportunities for students to connect and grow in a personal relationship with Christ.

How are the work projects selected?

Next Step Ministries works alongside community leaders, non-profit organizations, and the local church in order to set up work projects. Full-time Next Step Staff called Partnership Coordinators live and serve within the community year round and are well connected. Next Step collaborates with the community to plan the projects you will be working on in advance.

Will our group be paired with other groups?

You will most likely be attending a trip with 2-4 other youth groups. All groups will share sleeping quarters and we will have meals and worship together as a large group. Many of our mission site locations can accommodate for 80-100 volunteers each week. For work projects, we love to mix students, but also understand many groups prefer to stick together. Please let us know your preference and we will plan accordingly!

Is the mission trip safe?

Yes. Next Step Ministries exists to give middle school, high school, and college students an opportunity to explore their faith, experience God, and extend service to others on a mission trip. Students are our top priority and safety is always our primary concern. Thankfully, because of our long-term commitment and involvement within the community, we have developed many close relationships with local families and organizations. The community is familiar with Next Step and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe.


Day or night, Next Step Ministries is happy to hear from you. Whether you have a question, comment or concern, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. As an additional resource, feel free to download this brochure for all your mission trip information in one place.

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