Organizing a GO Team
Are you a team leader or mission pastor that is interested in starting a Horizon GO Team?
There are three very important phases involved in the mobilization of a GO Team -- Planning, Promotion, and Preparation. The following timeline is given as a suggested guide to assist in achieving optimal results in all of these phases.
The Planning phase lays out the details of your trip. This phase should begin at least 6-8 months before the desired departure date of the Team. Depending on the culture of your organization, it may be beneficial to begin planning even further in advance than that.
Vision Team or are you ready to mobilize a GO Team? Work with Horizon leaders and the leadership of your church or organization to determine what type of ministry activity you would like to accomplish. Sometimes, this can be determined after the team is formed and the strengths, gifts, talents, and passions of team members are assessed.
- Adventure Teams
- Construction Teams
- Conference Teams
- Professional Teams
The second phase in the process of mobilizing a Vision or GO Team is Promotion. This phase should be scheduled so that people have time to digest the information about the trip/team and make a decision at least three to four months before departure of the team. Many people will need more time to process the decision, raise support, get passports, make arrangements at work, and so forth. Horizon staff can help you with some of these decisions. Horizon also has promotional materials available.
The last phase of mobilizing a team is Preparation. Once the Planning and Promotion phases have launched, a deadline for registration will need to be established. There are several ways we help team members to prepare for their trip.
Team Building begins, depending on your situation, about two-to-four months prior to the team departure. The three Team building sessions will address the three most critical areas of GO Teams:
- Team Culture -- It is important for each team member to understand the dynamics of the team before they begin their cross-cultural experience.
- Foreign Culture — It is important for team members to understand the dramatic cultural differences into which they will be immersed.
- Team Purpose -- A sufficient amount of time is needed to plan and prepare for the coordination of the activities and work that will be carried out by the team.
Pre-Team Building Packet: For teams who have a weekend team building information will need to be read and completed before arrival for the sessions. That information can be found below.