Team Member Checklist

I like to provide each team member with a time-line/checklist of things to do in order to be ready for the trip.  I have three reasons for this:

  1. Some people’s personalities find such a document comforting.  The more details involved the better they like it.
  2. I expect a lot from team members as far as personal preparation.  I want them to see the expectations and realize that I am not going to do everything for them.
  3. There are four reasons* why people don’t do things they are supposed to do.  This is true whether it is a four-year-old child, a college student, a middle-aged employee, or an elderly parent.  As a mission trip leader, one of them is completely out of my control.  The other three could be blamed on me, and I want to remove that option of blame if at all possible.  This time-line/checklist helps immensely.

I have an example of a time-line for a trip to Ghana in November of 2009.  Download this entire MS Word file from the blue “FILE box” in the left margin.

*the four reasons people don’t do what they are supposed to do:

  1. they don’t know that they should
  2. they aren’t allowed to do what they should
  3. they aren’t able to do what they should
  4. they choose not to do what they should
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