How crazy is your youth group? Are you willing to say YES to God and be used to meet the greatest need? Are you willing to be sent anywhere around the United States? Are you willing to let your mission trip be a mystery?


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 heart behind this Mystery Trip opportunity is for your youth group to help Next Step fill the gap where we truly need more volunteers in the summer. Every year we talk with youth leaders that ask us where they could serve that would be the most helpful. This is a challenging question to answer because there are meaningful opportunities in each community. We are passionate about the ministry that is already taking place in each beautiful community and so there is no easy way to measure which community would benefit “more”.

Yet, as spring approaches each year an obvious need emerges. There are always one or two communities that do not have enough students signed up for summer trips. We will have meaningful work projects lined up, but simply not enough hands to do the work we care so much about. It is out of this real need that the Mystery Trip began to take shape. 

Again, the ultimate goal of the Mystery Trip is to fill the gap where we truly need more volunteers in the summer. We won’t know where these gaps are until January, so the real mystery is signing up for a trip with an unknown location! Well, it wouldn’t be a total mystery for the youth leader. We would help you out along the way!

Here’s how it works: 

Step 1: Choose a region of the country
Step 2: Choose your dates
Step 3: Sign up for the number of spots you would like to reserve
Step 4: Mission trip location revealed in January

When you choose a region of the country you will have a list of the possible Next Step locations that may be selected for your trip. This way you can choose a region that you feel comfortable registering for, knowing the distance to any of the locations would be reasonable for your team. As a way to say ‘thank you’ for your flexibility we will be offering this trip for $319, which is up to $100 off typical trip cost!

We would be with you every step of the way in the pre-trip process to help get your students hyped up about this mystery trip! We will help you as you work through details around travel and other logistics. Then in January we would love to work with you to plan a special reveal for your students!

We are excited about this new opportunity. Our desire is that this would be a fun experience for your students and that together we would be meeting a true need in a community next summer. We’re sure you may have some questions about this, so please don’t hesitate to reach out – we would love to talk with you more about what this could look like for your team!



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.


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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