There are more than a few things that make us different than most organizations that offer urban mission trips.
We are locally based. Last year, New Vision Urban Missions worked with over 2000 participants from all over the United States. We only host trips here in San Diego and serve in this region. That means that the resources you bring stay here. They don't end up funding another organization in another state that has no real presence here. We don't just show up here for the summer to give you an experience and then leave.
We are church-based. We minister here year-round. You serve alongside our existing ministries. We can follow up on the ministry we do together. You amplify our ability to do Kingdom work. We expose you to effective ways to engage hard-to-reach populations in your own community. And a source of revenue is created that allows us to continue to fund ministries.
We have a ton of experience. Most of our leadership team has been doing urban ministry here in San Diego for over 10 years... and several for as long as 20 years. Five of our staff pastors are skilled trip facilitators. And mission teams have always been a vital part of our ministry strategy. We are well known in our ministry sites. Our partnerships with other ministries and community organizations are active and well-established.
The way we use interns is different. Our interns are not airdropped into an unfamiliar community with limited access to our staff. We don't send our interns to another state to serve. We bring interns here to work alongside us. We invest in and disciple our interns. They are not glorified tour guides. They are learning how to do what we do and do it with excellence.
We offer a fully facilitated program. A full-time staff pastor with a passion and vision for specifically for this program oversees and plans your trip. We can scale back our facilitation if you want to "run the show" but find that many trip leaders would rather take the opportunity to invest in their group than worrying about the details. Having dedicated program and volunteer staff allows us to take you places and do things that wouldn't be otherwise safe for your group.
We collaborate. You aren't here to serve us, nor or we just here to serve you. Together WE serve this community. As a church, New Vision is a model of community collaboration. We work with public schools, local businesses, regional churches, and various community groups. We see your trip and working with your group as just another form of collaboration.
We are truly year-round. We operate on the ebb and flow of the entire year, not just the school year and traditional breaks. There are very few times during the year when we wouldn't host a group... even the holidays are fair game. This is because mission teams are an integral part of our ministry strategy and some of our biggest outreaches are around the holidays. We can also accomodate everything from a partial day to a week (or more). We can offer weekend trips in any month. Groups from as far away as Vegas and the Bay Area can make it here for a long weekend. The busy seasons are still Spring and Summer, but in San Diego... the weather is usually great most of the year which makes for easy travel.
We tailor-fit the trip planning to the specific group of people you are bringing. We take the time to build rapport with your group, accomodate your group dynamics, and adjust to stay within your risk-threshold. You are coming alongside a congregation with more than 30 active ministries, most of which have an outreach component. Well-networked in our community, we can match your group's talents and experience to the greatest needs.
We understand the "safety" thing. If you are bringing young people here, we get that it is a sacred trust to have other people's kids in your care. You put a lot of credibility on the line to take them anywhere, let alone a major city. We know our community and have the experience to offer a safe, memorable experience for your team. Safety is a huge priority for both the adults and the students who participate in our trips.
Our program offers a better value. We are not the cheapest trip out there. Our approach will raise the bar on your expectations for what your participants can bring home after investing the resources you worked so hard to raise into a trip with New Vision.
We can come up with a way to work with almost every group. Because we can offer trips year-round, we can offer you options and alternatives for a trip that can fit your budget. If you can't afford to come for an entire week, even a day or a weekend will have an impact on your group and will make a difference in our ministry here.
Finally... we love what we do. Our staff is asking constantly... "When is the next team.? Is that team that came last year coming back again? Is there a mission team this week?" ur congregation is delighted to acknowledge the teams that serve with New Vision.
Don't just take our word for it... look at who else is partnering with us. See and hear how they actively continue to work with New Vision.
CAL BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
The Office of Spiritual Life at Cal Baptist has been a long-time partner with New Vision and has sent two trips every year since the church was planted seven years ago.
Ten years ago, Hume Lake Christian Camp expanded their gold-standard Christian camping program in the Humboldt National Forest to San Diego with "Hume: SD." Urban ministry electives through New Vision Urban Missions are a high-demand activity and a major draw for youth pastors looking to transition students to a missional mindset or expose their group to missions.
BIG BEAR YOUTH
FBC Big Bear serves with and supports the ministries of New Vision Christian Fellowship and New Vision Urban Missions throughout the entire year. Besides participating in the HUME SD urban ministry elective, adults and students from Big Bear Youth took three urban mission trips to San Diego in 2014, participated for their second year in a row at our largest community outreach festival, supply a steady flow of socks that we use for street outreach, and provide monthly missionary support for the Haskins family.
Santa Fe Christian Schools
One of the finest private schools in Southern California, Santa Fe sends us their athletes and international mission teams for bonding and team building through service and ministry. They also send their middle school students for an annual weekend trip. The school has raised seed money toward a commercial quality playground.
Church @ Rancho Bernardo
This is an exciting new partnership with a North County congregation who has pledged their commitment to help us revitalize our facilities. They will be investing significant resources and manpower into New Vision over the next 12 months and beyond. Overnight trips from the their youth ministry are also beginning in 2015.
When it comes to partnering with other organizations that broker trips, we are picky about who we work with. City Connexx, one of the largest purveyors of domestic mission trips in the US, partners with us to facilitate their urban mission trips to San Diego. We work with Connexx because they understand that mission teams bring both resource and effort into our community.
This important collaboration of churches, ministries, and faith-based non-profits has become a source of influence and advocacy for how San Diego deals with the issue of homelessness in our community.
San Diego RESCUE MISSION "SLEEPLESS IN SAN DIEGO"
Another partner we have worked with for decades. We even have staff pastors who also work at the mission. We embed their annual Sleepless in San Diego event into a weekend packed with service, simulation activities, and street outreach. We also work with SDRM on other events including a foot washing and shoe distribution activity and service in their local thrift stores.