Trips FAQ

How do I choose a trip?

There are a few ways to choose the right trip for you. We think people have the best outcomes serving overseas when they are able to incorporate their talents, skills, and previous experiences. You may consider choosing a trip based on the best time of year for you or an area of the world where you feel connected. For example, is there a place you love to read about or study? Are you interested when a certain region is mentioned in the news? Ultimately, the best course of action is to pray and ask God for direction and confirmation as you consider this opportunity.


What is the age requirement to participate on a short-term trip?

We allow children ages 10 and up to go on trips. All minors must fill out an application to be considered for a trip.


How will I know you received my application?

You should receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. This confirms that global(×) has received your application. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at globalxinfo@northpoint.org.


Who is selected for trips?

Each trip requires a different set of criteria for applicants. It is important that we place people on trips according to how they best fit the trip needs. This could include looking for people with specific skill sets or experiences. Please keep in mind that we receive more applications than we have availability. Sometimes we simply don’t have enough room to take all applicants. In addition, you must be a regular attendee at one of our six Atlanta-area churches to go on a trip.


By applying, am I committing to the trip? When am I officially committed?

No, you are not committing by submitting your application. After the teams are selected, a team leader will contact you and confirm your commitment. Once committed, you are responsible to pay for your plane ticket if for any reason you are unable to go on the trip.


Where do I get the money to go on a trip?

You and the rest of your team will fundraise for support from others. We have found that many people don’t have the time or ability to go on a short-term mission trip but have the desire to be involved in some way. We ask, therefore, that every person going on a trip raise his/her funds by writing letters to friends and family sharing the goal of the trip and the financial requirements to make the trip happen. Each year, hundreds of trip-goers raise thousands of dollars as their supporters generously join in the adventure of short-term mission trips.


How do I donate to someone’s trip?

  1. Click “Give” in the navigation bar.  
  2. Type the name of the individual you are supporting.
  3. Click Donate.
  4. Complete the billing information and finalize your transaction.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you and will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

What if I don’t have a passport?

Apply now for a passport if you don’t have one! 

After you receive your new passport number, update your application with that information. You will also need to make a copy of your passport application and/or passport and give it to your team leader at the first team meeting. As per new rules for international airline travel, we are required to obtain and send the expiration date of your passport for booking travel, so we will need that information as soon as possible. If your passport expires less than six months after your departure date, you will need to renew your passport as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have a non-U.S. passport, you are responsible for finding out if a visa is required for you to travel to a specific country.


Do I have to be a part of North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Church, Decatur City Church, Gwinnett Church, Woodstock City Church, or Buckhead Church?

You do need to be actively engaged at one of one of our six churches in order to go on a trip. Trip participants meet regularly, so we ask that they attend one of our churches in the Atlanta area so they can be active participants throughout the entire process.


What happens to my application if I’m not chosen?

If you are not chosen, your application goes into a waiting list. If a leader of another trip is still looking for people for his or her team, then he or she may contact you to see if you are interested.


Can I travel to another destination or stay longer at my destination?

No. It is imperative for team unity and liability reasons that all trip participants travel together.