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. You build on foundations we’ve already established or help establish foundations that we will continue to build on. We can follow up on the ministry we do together. You amplify and expand our ability to do Kingdom work as 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 15 years... and several for as long as 30 years. Several of our staff pastors are skilled trip facilitators. 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 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.
10 Years with CAL BAPTIST UNIVERSITY - 900+ Participants
The California Baptist University has been a long-time partner with New Vision. Over the past 10 years, we have hosted more than 900 students from Urban Excursions/Immersion and Mobilization Cross-Cultural Training Weekends. CBU students have interned, worked as seasonal program staff with Urban Missions, and brought mission teams from their home churches to serve here.
10 Years with HUME:SD -
Just over 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 have been a high-demand activity and a major draw for youth pastors looking expose their group to needs that exist in our community and their own. We have provided 4-5 weeks of afternoon service projects and ministry opportunities. The exposure for our program at HUME SD results in dozens of churches who also work directly with New Vision for weekend and multi-day trips.
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.
6 Years with Santa Fe Christian Schools 500+ participants
Santa Fe Christian is a private Christian school in San Diego’s North County community of Solano Beach. SFC sends athletic teams, performance groups, and and students preparing for international mission teams. for team building through service and ministry. Six years ago we helped launch what is now a thriving middle school missions program and an annual weekend for 60+ 8th graders.
5 Years with CITY CONNEXX
When it comes to partnering with other organizations that broker urban mission trips, we are picky about who we work with. City Connexx partners with us to facilitate their urban mission trips to San Diego.
This 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.
30+ yEARS SEEKING THE SUCCESS OF SDRM - 15+ years of "SLEEPLESS IN SAN DIEGO"
The relationships of our pastors, staff, and congregants to SDRM run deep and long. If we take you to serve at the Thrift Store or tour the Rescue Mission, you will meet some of our closest friends and a lot of our church family. A number of our pastoral staff have worked directly for the mission at every level over the years. We lead a monthly chapel, send a bus to pick up mission clients for church services and events, We consult and assist SDRM with their “Sleepless in San Diego” event. Urban Missions hosts fall mission teams for a special weekend trip packed with service, simulation activities, and street outreach that culminates in the overnight “Sleepless” event held each year outside in Liberty Station. Other SDRM collaborations include an annual foot washing event, candle-light vigil for homeless who pass away on the streets of San Diego, food distribution, quarterly graduations, and more.