Welcome to Next Step’s hometown! We love the beautiful city of Madison. Here, your students will get to come alongside nonprofits serving those experiencing homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity.


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


Madison is a beautiful city located on a vibrant, urban isthmus, surrounded by four lakes. Madison is a city with a strong economy, low unemployment and a culture of outdoor activity that gives it a fun energy and vibe. 

However, amidst this beautiful city are pockets of poverty, homelessness and tension. Madison faces the same struggles that larger “inner-city” communities face. We have segregation, poverty, and systemic issues that lead people away from community and Christ. But we’re working hard with our partners to meet these pressing issues head on.

Next Step is thrilled to invite you into our community and into our story. Teams will work alongside organizations like Madison Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Adult Center, and Sugar River United Methodist Church, while participating in service opportunities and outreach activities with the goal of sharing Christ’s love and unifying a community.

The beauty of the work we get to do in Madison is captured in Julias’ story. 

Julias is one of the few participants at Catholic Charities, an adult day center that exists to support older adults maintain their independence, with no memory problems. He is there because he cannot fully take care of himself. Julias remembers every student and team who serves at Catholic Charities, and is always very excited to see them again. Julias loves chatting with students while working on his coloring book, singing his favorite songs with them and praying together. While Catholic Charities does amazing job caring for adults in their program, there is not enough staff to actively engage all of the participants. This is where Next Step gets to come in and support their ministry.

No matter the specific partnership or project at our Madison site, students will have a chance to meet people like Julias and share God’s love with them. Time and time again, we’ve seen lives transformed from conversation and intentional investment into people who are hurting and broken. 

We invite your team to be a part of this movement in our community!



Provides food to those in need

This local nonprofit helps provide food for those in the Madison area. By planting and growing crops, they are able to provide food pantries with fresh, nutritious vegetables. Their work results in more than 100,000 pounds of fresh produce delivered each year to food pantries. Next Step works alongside Madison Food Pantry to help plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, which helps individuals and families access healthy food.


Adult Day Care Center

Catholic Charities Adult Day Center exists to support older adults and adults with medical concerns maintain independence living in their own homes and communities. As the largest adult day center in Dane County, volunteer services are essential to providing activities and socializing opportunities. Next Step volunteers get to spend time engaging with residents, playing games, and facilitating activities that make a difference in their day.




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.


This trip will be hosted at a local church in Madison within 15 minutes from all projects and partnerships. Here we will worship, eat meals, sleep, shower and hang out! Guys and girls will be separated into different rooms for sleeping arrangements. Sleeping will be on the floor so please bring a twin air mattress and bedding. There are bathrooms in the facility and a shower trailer on site with individual shower stalls.
Bus and Van accessible.
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 Orintation
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 – Depart Worksites
4:00 pm – Free time
5:30pm – Dinner
6:45 pm – Worship
7:45 – Church Time
8:45 – Depart for Showers
9:00 – Showers
10:00 – Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out 

8:00 am – Wake Up 
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Morning Devotion
9:15 am – Leave for Free Day Activity
4:00 pm  – Return
5:30pm – Dinner
6:45 pm – Worship
7:45 – Church Time
8:45 – Depart for Showers
9:00 – Showers
10:00 – 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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