Should I go on a trip with my church or with a mission agency?
If your local church already has links with a particular mission project, then the church will undoubtedly benefit from strengthening those links through the visit of a team. This could also become a reciprocal thing, where church exchanges take place. So, if your church is running a team visit, do consider joining that team (and pointing your church to the Code of Best Practice in Short-term Mission if they haven’t already seen it.) Having said this, mission agencies have expertise that is often not readily accessible in a local church situation. Those who have earned a reputation for running short term programmes successfully will inevitably give you an added sense of security in choosing to serve with them. There are a number of agencies who are willing to take a group from one church to a particular situation, so it may be worth seeking a partnership - this may enable your church to fulfil its own aims whilst having access to good advice and expertise. Whatever you do, make sure that your church leadership is fully involved in your own decision making process.