As the festive season approaches, many of us look forward to Christmas breaks filled with joy, family, and perhaps a bit of relaxation. For those gearing up for a mission trip, the Christmas break can be a precious time to mentally and spiritually prepare for the journey ahead. Here are three books that we highly recommend adding to your Christmas break reading list to help you go on your mission trip a little more prepared.


1. When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett

Going on a mission trip often involves a desire to make a positive impact, and Steve Corbett’s When Helping Hurts is an essential guide to understanding effective ways to alleviate poverty without unintentionally causing harm. This thought-provoking book challenges traditional approaches to charity and encourages readers to explore sustainable solutions that empower communities rather than perpetuating dependency. As you read, consider how the principles outlined by Corbett can shape your mindset and actions as you prepare for your mission trip.


2. Managing Leadership Anxiety by Steve Cuss

A mission trip can bring about a mix of emotions, including excitement, uncertainty, and anxiety. Managing Leadership Anxiety by Steve Cuss is a valuable resource for individuals whether or not they are taking a leadership role during their mission trip journey. Cuss provides practical insights and tools to navigate the challenges of anxiety, helping you approach your mission trip with a calm and focused mindset. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to enhance their leadership skills and emotional resilience in the context of a mission trip.


3. City Shaped Churches by Linda Bergquist and Michael D. Crane

For those engaging in urban mission work, City Shaped Churches by Linda Bergquist and Michael D. Crane offers a compelling exploration of how churches can effectively impact and shape the diverse and dynamic landscapes of cities. This book provides practical insights into understanding and ministering within urban contexts, making it an invaluable resource for individuals preparing for mission trips to urban areas. As you read, reflect on how the strategies and case studies presented can inform your approach to mission work in city settings.

Happy Reading!

As you anticipate your mission trip, taking the time to engage with these transformative books can provide valuable insights, spiritual nourishment, and mental fortitude. Whether you’re a seasoned missionary or beginning your first mission trip journey, the lessons gleaned from When Helping Hurts, Managing Leadership Anxiety, and City Shaped Churches will undoubtedly enrich your experience and help you approach your mission trip with a prepared heart and mind. May your Christmas break be a time of reflection, inspiration, and readiness for the mission that lies ahead.