P-6-Study Topics

Study & Discussion Topics

Every Purpose Bound experience is carefully planned with a balance of elements designed to help you grow as a Christian. An important element is our Bible-based study time, lessons and group discussions. We utilize time-tested study materials and concepts delivered by experienced trip leaders who support each lesson by facilitating meaningful discussion among participants. Depending on the length and focus of your particular Purpose Bound experience, the following is a sampling of the types of topics we cover.

Realizing Your Life Purpose
& Discovering Your S.H.A.P.E. For Serving

On every Purpose Bound trip, we spend daily time helping you discover your life purposes--why God created you and what He wants you to be doing with your time while on this earth. We'll explore your five life purposes - Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism - and help you apply them in your day-to-day life. You will also find that God has gifted you with a unique "S.H.A.P.E." for serving in a particular way. Through self-assessment testing and group study, you will gain an understanding of your Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences. This in turn will help you determine exactly where you can best serve within the body of Christ. For this particular study area, we utilize "Purpose Driven Life" materials written by Pastor Rick Warren, one of America's most influential Christian leaders, as well as related materials from his Southern California Saddleback Church.

Mission Trip Theory & Practice

Every Purpose Bound experience includes an element of missions or service work, so we make sure that participants have a background in mission trip theory and practice by covering topics like these:

  • Missions 101: An Overview of Mission Trip Theory & Practice
  • Why Should I Go: The Great Commission and Other Biblical Mandates for Missions
  • Missions: Where Should I Go and What Should I Do?
  • Understanding the Basics of World Religions
  • The Secular Context of Missions
  • The Crises: Orphans - HIV/Aids - Clean Water - Illiteracy - Hunger - Poverty
  • Cultural Awareness: Personal Safety and Security in Foreign Countries
  • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • Mission Trip Finances: Budgeting & Fundraising
  • Types of Trips: Service, Evangelical, or Combination?
  • The Basics of International Travel: Entering and Leaving Foreign Countries
  • International Travel Resources: Getting to Know the U.S. Dept. of State
  • Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally
  • Partnering with the Local Church: Sustainable Missions Models
  • Local Area Christianity: "We're All Christians, But They Practice It So Differently"
  • Short-Term Missions A to Z: Planning, Preparation and Execution
  • Exploring Roles and Impact of Mission Teams
  • Basic Life Skills (cooking, personal budget, car maintenance)
  • CPR & Basic First Aid


Miscellaneous Studies & Spotlight Sessions

Purpose Bound trips always include a mix of discussion-based mini-courses on various topics of interest to a growing Christian. Some of these will be DVD studies, so that you can become more familiar with various well-known Christian leaders who will model and teach the various topics and concepts.

  • Christian Love: It All Begins Here
  • "Lukewarm" Christianity
  • Establishing Life Guardrails
  • Developing Spiritual Disciplines
  • Worship: It's More Than Music
  • Introduction to Servant Leadership
  • True Discipleship
  • Evangelism Tips & Techniques
  • The "Mystery" of Prayer
  • Understanding You: Personality Tests and Assessments
  • Leading a Small Group Bible Study
  • Handling Personal Temptation
  • Physical Health Matters: The "Daniel Plan" Model
  • Financial & Vocational Health (Dave Ramsey)
  • Pleasure, Entertainment & Relaxation as a Christian
  • Spiritual Health Assessment 


Multi-Week Leadership Development and Other Focused Training Sessions

The goal of Purpose Bound advanced experiences is to transform participants into solid Christian leaders who return home from their trip fully equipped and inspired to help lead others to impact the world for Christ. Our unique and multi-faceted leadership development program is based on the following working definition of "leadership": a process of social influence in which one person enlists the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.

A portion of our leadership development program involves coursework with light reading followed by interactive training and discussion sessions. However, leadership development permeates every aspect of our advanced trips, and there are many opportunities for hands-on practice. You will spend significant time onshore, where you will work with local church leaders and take part in actual service projects. Experiential learning occurs as you explore the islands and participate in various team-building activities.

One of the most effective parts of our training is our servant leadership rotation concept. Here, your trip leader will support and guide you as you try your hand at shore excursion leader, prayer & worship leader, discussion leader/facilitator and various other servant leadership roles unique to your particular trip. By rotating various leadership roles, every participant has ample opportunity to practice their new skills in a variety of scenarios, thus gaining real life leadership experience.

Here is a sampling of the topics covered in our advanced leadership development program:

  • Leadership 101: What is a Leader?
  • Christian Leadership Styles and Traits
  • Casting and Catching Vision
  • Essential Leadership Tools and Techniques
  • Leading When Everyone Is Too Busy to Follow
  • Group Dynamics
  • Perception Is Reality
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Relationship Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Relational and Emotional Health
  • Influence of Culture and Others
  • Strength Finder Assesment and Application
  • Balancing Ministry and Personal Life
  • Managing Stress & Avoiding Burnout
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • World Missions: Leading Healthy Ministries
  • The Business of Ministry I: Entities, Accounting, & Taxes
  • The Business of Ministry II: Legal, Insurance, Employment Law, & Government Regulations
  • The Business of Ministry III: Marketing, Management & Fundraising