Welcome to The Missions Academy

What others are saying...

"Refreshed by their approach!"

Brad M. Griffin, Author & Senior Director of Content for Fuller Youth Institute

"If you've ever been frustrated by "mission" that is reduced to "trips," you'll be refreshed by Touch the World's approach. The Missions Academy will equip your students to live out God's mission—not just for one week a year, but in their everyday lives."

"Relevant to the questions [Gen Z] is asking..."

Dr. Jolene Erlacher, Next Gen Author and speaker, leadingtomorrow.org

I am excited to see the great content The Missions Academy has developed for young people who are pursuing missions. The content is relevant to the questions they are asking and the awareness they need. It is formatted to engage young participants in the ways they learn best, with short video content, personal applications, and space to reflect and process what they are learning. It also prepares them to participate more thoughtfully in discussions with team leaders and peers as they process their place in what God is doing globally.

"Filling a critical gap"

Mark Morgenstern, Senior Director of Grow2Serve

The Missions Academy is filling a critical gap – it’s the cross-cultural ministry gap between desire and ability. Through the high-quality courses they provide, Andrea and her team are changing the way those engaging in missions are growing in their knowledge, convictions and skills. Their online courses find a wonderful balance of providing the right amount of content while tying it to specific activity we love to see from cross-cultural servants once they are out there engaging with ministry. Invest in what The Missions Academy has to offer you. It’s time and resources well spent!

"Invaluable tool for discipleship..."

Trevor N., Pastor of Discipleship

Having participated in and led more than a dozen short term missions trips, I am more confident than ever that proper training is essential. And in my opinion, the Missions Academy offers an unprecedented caliber of training in a way that students can easily understand and process. The Missions Academy is way more than pre-trip training. It is an invaluable tool for discipleship that is effectively equipping students to engage with the Mission of God in their everyday lives long after the trip is over.

"As hosts, you made our job easy!"

-Missionary Host, undisclosed location

"We were truly blessed to have you come along side {our ministry}. It is awesome to see a team who has been well equipped and trained and with leaders (and quite frankly the whole team) who “get it”—That short term missions can be a great thing when done right and with proper motives and thinking. You can definitely tell, through this past team, Touch the World has a good and healthy understanding of missions. As hosts, you made our jobs easy, and I know our staff benefitted from your team tremendously! Thanks for being sensitive to the culture, our staff, our clients, etc. and thank you for asking questions and wanting to be learners.

"Unlike other organizations..."

by Emily O., a student

I absolutely love how God is using this organization to impact people. I’ve been on other missions trips before with different organizations, but none of them even compare to Touch the World. They train how to be relational in evangelizing instead of being business-like and impersonal like the other organizations I’ve been with. Touch the World truly believes that every person is on the same playing field and no one is better or higher than anyone else. Every person is just as in need of a Savior as the next.

"Greatest tools of my youth ministry career."

Nicole, a Team Leader

"Touch The World's training has been one of the greatest tools in my youth ministry career. To walk with my students through this training, go on a trip with them, and use that the rest of the school year for discipleship and beyond. If you’ve engaged fully in {The Missions Academy} training, and you’ve engaged in culture, poverty, evangelism, identity, God, then you can no longer just walk down the street and look at people the same. You may choose to, but you cannot un-know what you’ve learned.”

"A whole new dynamic way"

Reggie A., Youth Leader

I lead a young team of about 50 kids who have done missions both locally and globally and this training has helped us to grow and it has personally helped me to develop and prepare my team in a whole new dynamic way as it pertains to ministry and service to others both in our own neighborhoods and across the seas.

Jayna V., student and former intern

My experiences with Touch the World helped me to look deeper and to remind me that no matter what you do, you should use the gifts God gave you to live on mission for him. This helped me to think deeper about what I wanted to do with my life, and has led me to pursue a career in social work. Not only that, but these trainings have challenged me to go deeper in my relationships with others and to love and encourage all those that God has placed in my life, whether it is a one-time conversation with someone, or a lifelong relationship.

"Take that step and go for it!"

Alex T., Youth Pastor

"As a youth pastor who values intentionality and a clear purpose behind the ministry I’m doing, I have been incredibly blessed to find a partner that operates that way as well...every aspect was well thought out and helped our whole group understand what mission is really about... For every mission trip we do in the future, I will be utilizing the mission training they offer. If you’re on the fence about the value, I encourage you to take that step and go for it, as I trust that you’ll find it as valuable as I have.

Our courses explore identity, culture, and mission. Learn how Your Story is a part of the larger Story of God at work in the world. Explore how you can live within the story every day and everywhere.