Two hours from Albuquerque in the desert canyons of the Navajo Nation lies the beautiful and isolated community of Crownpoint. Students will work alongside the Navajo people while learning about their history, culture, and the challenges they currently face.



June 7 - 13

June 14 - 20

June 21 - 27

June 28 - July 3*

July 5 - 11

July 12 - 18

July 19 - 25

July 26 - August 1

August 2 - 8

* Sunday through Friday trip


The community of Crownpoint lies on the outside edge of the Navajo Nation, a large Native American territory that stretches across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. While the land itself is beautifully barren — rocky desert, red canyons and tumbleweed — about 3,000 people call this western community their home. And like many reservation communities across the United States, Pine Ridge has a complicated and difficult history. Historical hardships and injustices have resulted in modern struggles with alcoholism, abuse and unemployment.  

Our partnership in Crownpoint began in 2009 and has led us to a deeply rooted relationship with the local church, and families who desire transformation within the reservation — relationships rooted in trust. Many of these families embrace their rich history and traditions, while also carrying a strong faith in Christ. These families inspire hope and renewal within Crownpoint, despite the history of broken promises towards their people.

Linberg and Eva have been an incredible example of this over the years. They manage a small jewelry business out of their two-bedroom home, which supports their 7 children and many other family and friends who rely on them. We met Linberg and Eva a few years ago when the roof on their home began to leak and develop mold. The damage was extensive. Pretty quickly we realized the only solution was to build them a new home that would be safer and better meet their needs. Student teams spent the summer working alongside Linberg, Eva and their family building a new home. During breaks in the day, students were blessed with delicious local meals and fun rodeo lessons. But perhaps the most impactful moments were the heart-felt conversations about how God has been working throughout their lives. While Linberg and Eva love their new house, they appreciated the opportunity to humbly show love and hospitality to the student visitors in their community even more. 

Throughout your time in Crownpoint, the platform for building relationships will typically be found through working on an individual or family’s home — small additions, new roofs, wheelchair ramps, sidewalks, etc. But the goal is much more than home repair. It’s an opportunity to connect, to share stories, to learn about a new culture, to show the love of Christ, and to connect them back to the local church. 

With humility as our guide, we seek to work alongside families in this community in a way that offers respect and love for one another. We hope you join us next summer in Crownpoint, New Mexico!



Community Partner Business

Basha’s is the only grocery store in Crownpoint. You can imagine we get to know the employees well. Also, through their generous offer, it has become the perfect location for our weekly community cookout! We set up food, games, and even bingo, as people from the community come out for a fun evening. This partnership has been a huge blessing and has allowed us to connect with families outside of the local church.


Local church in Crownpoint

Next Step has partnered with Gospel Lighthouse Church since 2013. We support their efforts to serve Crownpoint by assisting with a facility remodel for their outreach ministries. The church body has graciously loved us and the community over the years, working alongside us on home repair projects, facilitating community cookouts, organizing and hosting VBS, and being the summer "home" of our staff and volunteer teams.


Local Church in Crownpoint

St. Paul’s Catholic Church has been at work in Crownpoint for many years following the Lord's call  to love the people of the Navajo Nation. Through many efforts, such as a clothing store, they have been actively building relationships and making God famous in their community. Next Step has the opportunity to support the sisters, listen to their ministry experience, and learn about Navajo tradition through a tour of their chapel each week.




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 Gospel Lighthouse Church in the heart of Crownpoint. Guys and girls will be separated into different rooms in the Community Center, located directly next to the church. Sleeping will be on the floor so please bring a twin air mattress and bedding. There are individual shower stalls and bathrooms inside the Community Center. Meals will be served outside in the pavilion and worship will be hosted in the church sanctuary.
This site is bus accessible, but vans are preferred. Some groups choose to fly and then rent vehicles for the week. The nearest airport is Albuquerque International airport (ABQ) in Albuquerque, NM and is a two hour drive from Crownpoint.
Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
Water Bottle
Insect Repellent
Swim Suit
Work Shoes
Work Clothes
Casual Clothes
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
3:00-5:00 pm – Arrive to Mission Location
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship & Weekly Orientation
8:30 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 Worksite & Begin Working
12:00 pm – Lunch & Devotion
1:00 pm – Resume Working
3:30 pm – Clean Up/Return
4:00 pm – Free time/Showers/Leader Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 – Church Time/Small Groups/Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out
8:00 am – Wake Up 
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Leave for Free Day Activity!
12:00 pm – Lunch and Devo
4:00 pm  – Shower/Free Time/Leader Meeting
6:30 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Worship
9:30 pm – Church Time/Small Groups/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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