Seeing lives transformed by the gospel in Charlottesville, at UVA, and around the world.

Upcoming Trips

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Puerto Rico

Eastern Europe

Middle East

South Asia

Frequently Asked Questions

Center Church Missions FAQ


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What are the qualifications to go on a short-term mission trip?
  • A follower of Christ.
  • Humility to learn from and serve others.
  • Membership at Center is not required, but we do ask that each participant has been through the Weekender.
What does the trip cost cover?

The trip cost covers airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, ministry expenses, visas, and supplemental travel medical insurance. The trip cost does not cover passport application or renewal (if applicable), immunizations (if applicable), medications, phone plans, or fees from online fundraising.

The cost listed on the website is a general estimate for each trip location. The actual cost of your specific week may vary slightly depending on unique weekly expenses such as airfare and lodging. Center Staff will communicate with you the exact cost during the onboarding process.

Generally speaking, personal funds are not necessary once you are on the trip. Participants may choose to bring money for souvenirs.

What is the application process like?

There are a few steps to go on a short-term mission trip:

First, each participant must fill out the form on the missions page of the website.

The next step will be a short (30 minute) phone call with our staff.

Thirdly, each participant will be sent a team member guide to review before being added to the trip roster.

Can I afford to go?

Few Short-term Team Members fund the entirety of the trip themselves. You are encouraged to raise support because the process of support raising will better prepare you for your ministry in multiple ways. Upon acceptance to a team, you will be coached and equipped to successfully raise support to cover the cost of your trip.

All giving to the trip whether personally or through support raising is tax-deductible.

Is it safe?
Safety can never be guaranteed. That’s true when traveling abroad or on your daily commute. But we certainly do our best to keep our teams, partners and the locals we serve safe. We do purchase insurance for each participant for each day they are on the trip. Regardless of the country/location we enter, the risk of persecution is far greater for our field partners and local natives than for our teams. If applicable, care will be given to protect their identity and ministry. But ultimately, we go in the authority of Jesus and with the assurance of his promise to be with us always.
Will I need a passport?

All international locations require a valid passport. To be considered valid, many countries require that upon arrival, there be at least six months left until the passport expires, even if you plan on leaving before your passport’s expiration. Generally, it takes 2-3 months to get a new passport. Paying for an expedited one will generally get you a passport in 3-5 weeks.