Zenas’ Brief – April 2023
Christ directed in Mark 16:15 to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”
Many of our churches are planning mission trips and projects. Here are a few legal tips.
If minors are going, obtain written consent and relevant information from the parents (e.g., allergies, medications, health issues, emergency care, contacts, etc.)
If traveling by vehicle, all vehicles should be inspected and in good order. Driver licenses should be reviewed to confirm they are not expired. Review your church’s insurance with your carrier to confirm the details of coverage for the mission trip and do not assume that the church’s general liability insurance is adequate or appropriate.
Meet with the team, parents, church leaders to discuss team leader authority, supervision of minors, emergency situations and actions to be taken, security measures, rules of conduct, travel routes, as well as travel and project expectations. Give everyone a packet with this and other information.
International mission trips involve more such as passports, visas, inoculations, security, travel challenges, and what to do in an emergency.
Think ahead and be prepared. If you have any questions or want more detailed advice, feel free to contact your UISBC Legal Team.