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Short Term Missions Team Application

Thank you for your interest in short-term missions with FBCSLO! The goal of every missions activity we undertake as a church is to equip you to shine God’s glory to the world. Our commitment to you is that, by going on this trip, you will be trained to recognize and seize opportunities to share the love of God through Jesus Christ. And we trust that when we go in His name, God is pleased to use us to bring many to Himself. In this application packet, you will find a number of important documents. Please read through them carefully and fill them out completely. The checklist below will help you be sure that you have read and completed all necessary forms: All Short Term applicants:  Short Term Team Member Application  Medical Information Form  Adult Release of Liability Form  Team Covenant  Pastor/Leader Reference Forms  Travel & Financial Policies College Students and Minors:  Parent Letter & Advice Form  Parental Consent and Release of Liability (only for those under 18) It is very important that you read each document thoroughly and provide your signature in the areas noted. Your application is not considered completed until all of the above documents have been completed and submitted to the Missions Director, along with the non-refundable $75.00 trip deposit (payable to FBCSLO) at: Missions Director First Baptist Church, SLO 2075 Johnson Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 If you have any questions about any of these documents or short term missions at FBCSLO, please contact Ben Barczi at 805.550.7260 or ben@fbcslo.org.

First Baptist Church, SLO

Short Term Missions Team Application
Vintage Community Church

805.543.0945

Please fill out the following legibly in ink. If you have any questions, contact Ben Barczi at 805.550.7260.
Date of Application Personal Information Name Street Address City Home Phone Email: Date of Birth Marital Status: Single Dating Place of Birth Engaged Married Widowed Separated Divorced ZIP Cell Phone Applying for which trip?

Citizenship & Passport Information Are you a US Citizen? Yes No If no, of what country are you a citizen? I do not have a passport I need to renew my passport

Passport Number/Issue Date Passport Expiration Date Relationship to FBCSLO & Vintage Community Check one and complete the requested information: Member since: Occasional attender

Regular attender and active in church since: Involved in another church (specify):

List FBCSLO/Vintage pastors, elders or leaders who know you best and could serve as references (list leaders from other churches as well, along with contact information):

List FBCSLO/Vintage ministries you have been involved with, both past and present (include length of involvement for each ministry, and ministry leader.)

Ministry Experience List the local, cross-cultural and short-term missions experience you have had (beginning with most recent and going back chronologically), indicating the length of each, the ministry name (ie, Campus Crusade, Wycliffe, etc.) and a team leader we can contact.

List any foreign languages you speak and how well (ie, little, conversational, fluent):

Personal Background Describe how you came to trust Christ as your Savior. You may use additional sheets of paper if needed.

Describe your current practice of discipleship (Bible study, prayer, disciplines, small groups, etc.) to continue your personal relationship with Christ and for personal growth and guidance.

What missions books or periodicals have you read recently?

If you have been on previous short-term trips, describe what you have done in missions since your last trip (ie, books read, conferences attended, ministries you are a part of, missionaries supported, etc.)

Your expectations greatly influence the success of a short term missions trip. Over the months ahead, the training you will receive will help refine your expectations and equip you to share your faith. We would like your initial thoughts (use additional sheets of paper if needed). Why are you applying for this team?

What impact are you anticipating that this trip will have on your relationship with God?

How do you think your involvement will strengthen the team?

Describe the type of relationships you hope to build with the people you will be ministering to:

What impact do you expect the team will have?

Describe how you would explain the gospel to a non-believer.

What part do you think you should play in evangelism on this trip? How prepared do you feel to accomplish this role?

Statement of Faith Below is the FBCSLO & Vintage Community statement of faith. Please read it and respond below. We believe that the sovereign, triune God created the world out of nothing. The heavens and all the earth are His handiwork. Man and woman were made in His image. God gave Adam and Eve important work to do in His world as His representatives on earth. Sin entered the world because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and tried to be like Him. By nature all people, therefore, are estranged from God and live in a world corrupted by sin. But, in Jesus Christ, God has provided redemption and forgiveness for those who repent and believe. Forgiveness comes through the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who was born in our flesh, who took our place in His death, who rose from the dead and now sits in glory at His Father’s right hand. There he intercedes and prays for His people. In the Spirit, He comes to us here and now, and gathers those whom He has redeemed into His church. Through His Spirit, Jesus is directing God’s great work of making all things new. With all believers, we long for that day when Jesus will return as triumphant King. Then, He will gather us to himself as one new family in Christ Jesus and throughout eternity fully enhance the lives of His children as citizens of His kingdom, sons and daughters in their Father’s house. We face that day without fear, for the Judge is our Savior and Lord! To Him be the glory! Do you agree with this statement of faith? If no, please explain: Yes No

Deposit Information Please include your non-refundable deposit in the amount of $75.00 with this application form. Make check payable to FBCSLO. Disclaimers (please read and initial): ___ I have read and agree to the attached payment schedule for the trip I am applying for. I understand that if I cancel my participation in the trip, I will remain responsible for any payments due up until that point. ___ The travel agency or FBCSLO’s Missions Department will not be responsible for any extra trip expense (ie, airline or hotel fare changes.) Should these occur, they will be passed along to the traveler. ___ I will agree to return home at my own expense if the team leadership determines that my behavior is/has been inappropriate. ___ If I decide to cancel my participation on a team after airline tickets have been purchased, I will be responsible for the cost of the ticket as well as any cancellation expenses.

In submitting this application... I am expressing my agreement with the attached Team Covenant. I will, Lord willing, attend all training sessions and complete all training requirements. I whole-heartedly submit to the team leadership and will follow their direction and instruction. I am willing to work under the direction of missionaries and national pastors to accept and to perform any and all assignments cheerfully. I will be flexible, adjusting my demeanor, posture and manner as needed. I am willing to conform to the standards of the national Christians, even if those standards are stricter than my own. I have read and agree to the above deposit, payment information, and the financial policies described in FBCSLO’s Short Term Team Travel & Financial policies document. I have read and agree to the above disclaimers. Signature: Date:

First Baptist Church, SLO

Short Term Missions Medical Information
Vintage Community Church

805.543.0945

Please fill out the following legibly in ink. If you have any questions, contact Ben Barczi at 805.550.7260.
Name Medical Insurance Insured Name Insurance Company Name In Case of Emergency, please notify... Name PRIMARY CONTACT YES Address City/State/ZIP Phone Relationship Name Address City/State/ZIP Phone Relationship SECONDARY CONTACT Membership Number Group # Company Phone

All team members going on a short term trip will be required to purchase travel insurance. This will be included in the cost of the trip. For more information on this, please see the Travel and Financial Policies. Medical Information (please use additional sheet of paper if needed for explanations) NO Are you currently ill or undergoing any medical treatment (including medications)? Explain: Do you have any allergies (foods, medications, hay fever)? Explain: Do you have any daily mandatory medical needs (including medications)? Explain: Are you in any way physically or mentally handicapped? Explain; Do you have back problems? If so, explain: Do you have any problems not already mentioned which might hinder you during this trip? Explain: Do you have any special dietary needs or requirements? Explain: What is your blood type? Is your tetanus shot current? Date of latest tetanus shot: Note: depending on health situation, some applicants may be asked to have a physical examination before going on a short term team.

FBCSLO & Vintage Community Adult Short Term Ministry Trip Release of Liability
I realize and acknowledge that my participation in a mission trip to a foreign country includes many risks and possible dangers. I am well aware that my travel to a foreign country exposes me to risks including, but not limited to accidents, disease, war, political unrest, and natural disasters. I expressly agree that all activities associated with the short term missions trip sponsored by First Baptist Church SLO and Vintage Community Church to __________________________ from ____________ to _____________ are undertaken by me at my sole risk, and that First Baptist Church SLO and Vintage Community, its servants, officers, employees, or agents, shall not be liable for any claims, demands, injuries, damages, or causes of action to me or my personal property arising out of the above-described activities associated with the above-described short term ministry trip and I hereby expressly forever release and discharge First Baptist Church SLO and Vintage Community, its servants, officers, employees, or agents from all such claims, demands, injuries, damages, or causes of action arising from acts of active or passive negligence on the part of First Baptist Church SLO and Vintage Community, its servants, officers, agents, or employees. Signed ____________________________________
(Team Member’s Signature)

Dated _____________________________________

Short Term Missions Team Covenant
We, the members of a First Baptist Church Short Term Missions Team, believing that God has called us together to serve, agree together concerning the following: I. Our Vision We desire to be a team of people characterized by Christ like behavior exhibited through unconditional love; unselfish, joyful service, and unified teamwork. Our ultimate purpose as a team is to be used by God to bring others to a saving relationship with Christ, so they may grow in love for Him, love for His church and love for His world. II. Our Team Objectives We believe that we can fulfill this vision through the following commitments: A. Glorifying God: We join God the Father in magnifying the supremacy of His glory through our Lord Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit by treasuring all that God is, loving all whom He loves, praying for all His purposes, meditating on all His Word, sustained by all His grace (Psalm 115:1-3; John 17:3, 17, 23). B. Our Teamwork: We commit ourselves to being a group of individuals who unite as one in purpose, striving to accomplish the same goal: to glorify Christ and increase His Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). C. Communication: We commit ourselves to resolve all inter-team conflicts according to biblical principles. This involves prayer as the first step, personal confrontation as the follow-up step, and the counsel of a third party (namely, a leader) as a third and final resort (Matthew 18:15-20). In all issues of conflict, we commit ourselves to maintain a humble spirit of confidentiality, while seeking to affirm one another in love (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6). D. Forgiveness: We commit ourselves to the recognition of sin as our common enemy so that we each may be sensitive to our human failings and forgive each other (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 3:12-13). We recognize that forgiveness is manifested through an understanding, forgetful attitude and the continuation of demonstrated love. In accordance with Hebrews 12:15, we commit ourselves to resolving any bitterness, because we realize that bitterness will drag the whole team down (Matthew 18:21-35). E. Spiritual Growth: We commit ourselves to personal worship and fellowship with God through obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and an openness to learn from God’s Spirit in all situations. We agree to have the same attitude of the Apostle Paul with respect to failure (Philippians 3:12-14), and with respect to perseverance (1 Corinthians 9:24-27); we will strive to put off the old self (Ephesians 4:17-22) and put on the new self (Ephesians 4:23-32). III. Our Team Structure We believe that the following structure elements will enable us to carry out our team objectives: A. Team Meetings: Before, during, and after the trip, our team meetings will be crucial for fulfilling the commitments mentioned above. These team meetings shall include team devotions, team prayer, time for communication of details and plans, and time for individual relational development (Hebrews 10:24; Ephesians 5:19-20). B. Personal Quiet Times: We will attempt to be faithful in our daily times with God because we believe that growing individually is essential to growing as a team (Hebrew 10:22). C. Ministry Training: We will seek to be a witness of the love of Jesus to the people we encounter throughout our trip. To do this, we will participate fully in training before and during the trip so that we can be fully equipped for ministry opportunities. D. Work: We recognize that, if our objectives are to be completed, we must all commit ourselves to work to the best of our God-given ability every day of the project (1 Corinthians 10:31).

E. Prayer: We commit ourselves to daily prayer, every day up to and including our time on the field, for the individuals on our team, the missionaries we will serve with, and the national church. F. Leadership: In situations of team concerns, the team leader will be the team guide. We also recognize that working with the team is an opportunity for us all to develop God-given leadership ability, and we commit ourselves to that end through the pursuing of individual growth opportunities that may arise (Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:17). G. Lifestyle: We will strive (God helping us) to be imitators of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), to walk as He would walk (1 Peter 2:21), not causing our brother to stumble (1 Corinthians 8:9-13), acting in a manner appropriate to the host culture, doing all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10: 31). IV. Evaluation/Accountability We shall hold each other accountable to this Covenant, and we shall measure our success in keeping this covenant by the following: A. Correcting each other according to biblical and covenant principles (Colossians 1:28; Matthew 18:15-18; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 5). B. Responding without defensiveness when we are corrected, believing that other team members have our best interests and of the team in mind (Proverbs 27:5-6). C. Meeting as a team after our return home to “debrief” as a team.

I, ____________________________________, as a member of a FBC Short Term team, commit myself to abide by this covenant to the best of my God-given ability. Signed: _________________________________________ Date: _________________________________________

Please give form to two leaders and/or someone who knows you well. If under 18, one should be from a parent/legal guardian. Please return this form to: Missions Department – First Baptist Church, SLO, 2075 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

SHORT TERM MISSIONS TEAM REFERENCE FORM
Applicant ________________________________ Your relationship to the applicant _____________
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this form. It is important that you be as candid as possible in your responses. If you need more space, please use a separate piece of paper and write the applicant’s name at the top of that sheet. If you would like to discuss an issue that might relate to a particular question, please call the team leader or Ben Barczi (805.550.72560). We are not looking for perfect people for our mission trips, but we do want to identify negative traits that may be a detriment to our team in a successful ministry situation. Answering any question negatively will not necessarily disqualify the applicant from the trip. It will show us the areas that may need working on in preparation for the trip. Please do not answer questions simply “yes” or “no”, but give further explanation that you think might be helpful to us.

Do you believe the applicant is ready for this trip (spiritually, emotionally, socially)?

Does the applicant respond positively to authority figures?

Does the applicant display spiritual fruit at home, work and school? What fruit do you see?

How does the applicant respond when he/she doesn’t get his/her way?

Does the applicant display servant-like characteristics at home or in your relationship?

Does the applicant have personal devotions on a regular basis?

Your Name: __________________________________

Phone ___________________________

Signed: _______________________________________________ Date: _______________________

Please give form to two leaders and/or someone who knows you well. If under 18, one should be from a parent/legal guardian. Please return this form to: Missions Department – First Baptist Church, SLO, 2075 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

SHORT TERM MISSIONS TEAM REFERENCE FORM
Applicant ________________________________ Your relationship to the applicant _____________
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this form. It is important that you be as candid as possible in your responses. If you need more space, please use a separate piece of paper and write the applicant’s name at the top of that sheet. If you would like to discuss an issue that might relate to a particular question, please call the team leader or Ben Barczi (805.550.72560). We are not looking for perfect people for our mission trips, but we do want to identify negative traits that may be a detriment to our team in a successful ministry situation. Answering any question negatively will not necessarily disqualify the applicant from the trip. It will show us the areas that may need working on in preparation for the trip. Please do not answer questions simply “yes” or “no”, but give further explanation that you think might be helpful to us.

Do you believe the applicant is ready for this trip (spiritually, emotionally, socially)?

Does the applicant respond positively to authority figures?

Does the applicant display spiritual fruit at home, work and school? What fruit do you see?

How does the applicant respond when he/she doesn’t get his/her way?

Does the applicant display servant-like characteristics at home or in your relationship?

Does the applicant have personal devotions on a regular basis?

Your Name: __________________________________

Phone ___________________________

Signed: _______________________________________________ Date: _______________________

FBCSLO Short Term Missions Financial & Travel Policies
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How is the cost determined? Each team budget can contain 30 or more major expense categories. Some of these include: airfare; vehicle rental and gasoline; housing costs; food; faxes; shipping costs; visas and work permits; training materials and speakers; ministry materials for VBS, door to door evangelism, youth programs, sports evangelism, adult discipleship, construction materials; and much more. Every effort is made to minimize costs without jeopardizing the quality, effectiveness, or safety of the ministry. What is the team member’s expected contribution? Each short term team participant should contribute at least 10% out of his own personal finances toward the cost the trip. This will include the $75 deposit (submitted with the team application), but this 10% will not include any of the above-and-beyond personal costs incurred in preparation for the trip (passports, shots and meds, postage for support letters, etc. See letter D.). If a team member raises the full amount of the trip cost from contributions he should still contribute 10% toward the needs of others on their team who are lacking support. A check from the team member for the 10% should be made out to FBCSLO and mailed to the short term department at least one month before the team departs. If a team member feels unable to make this financial commitment, he should contact Ben Barczi immediately. What is NOT included in the cost? Below are some items that are not covered: Passports/passport photos Prayer support letters Medical exams, shots, and travel medications* Souvenirs Personal meals separate from the team Some tourist type events
*This could be well over $100.00, depending upon your individual medical insurance coverage.

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Will I need shots? Most of the places we go to do recommend immunizations. In some instances we may go to a country that “requires” immunization against a particular disease. If an immunization is required, you must have proof of that immunization to enter the country or to return to the United States. For the most up-to-date information on what is needed for the country you will visit contact Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) or a local travel clinic. What is a visa? A visa is an entry requirement required by a foreign government in addition to your passport. Not all foreign governments require a visa. You will need to check the Foreign Entry Requirements for the country you plan to visit. A visa may be stamped on your passport or a paper visa may be affixed to your passport. If a visa is required, we’ll provide the appropriate visa application forms for you to complete. Most visa applications require 2-3 passport-size photos as well. The visa fees for each team member are included in the team budget. Note: if you are not a U.S. citizen, please make sure that the team leader and the Missions Director know this information. It may mean a different visa process for you.

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If you do not have a passport, we recommend that you begin the process immediately. Complete passport information can be found on http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html. Most countries require that travelers’ passports not expire within six months of the end of travel. Please check your passport immediately. If it is set to expire within six months at the end of this trip, please begin the process to renew it now. F. What about travel insurance? Basic emergency medical evacuation/transportation; trip cancellation; lost baggage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage is included in the team budget. Anything outside of this list, you will need purchase your own overseas medical insurance or check your current insurance to find out if you are covered. There are several insurance companies that specialize in short-term missions travel coverage at very inexpensive rates, you can contact the Missions Department for a list of options. Is it acceptable to raise money through car washes, bake sales, rummage sales, etc.? The key question to ask is, “Would raising money in this way diminish the value of my short term ministry in the eyes of my family and friends?” In light of this possibility, we encourage people to raise funds primarily through their prayer letters. Also, raising funds through prayer letters adds to your experience in what it would be like if you were a long-term missionary having to raise funds. Lastly, we don’t want to enable people to think giving to missions is only worthy when receiving personal benefit. Is financial support available from the church? We have found 99% of the time, that if prayer letters are sent out on schedule and at least 50 copies are mailed, all the funds come in. At this time the Missions Department is not usually able to provide financial support for short term missions trips; however, an application is available from the Missions Director and each case will be considered prayerfully. In the event that the Missions Department does agree to cover some amount of the trip, the maximum support would be 10% of the total cost. How critical are the financial deadlines? The deadlines are vital. Usually the deadline is determined based on a major payment for airlines, visas, housing accommodations, or vehicle rental deposits. Therefore, every effort must be made to make payments on time. If, through unforeseen circumstances, this is not possible, let your team leader know as soon as possible. Is this trip tax deductible? Yes, for each person who gives financial support to you, as long as the check is made out to FBCSLO. The church will give receipts for donations at the end of the calendar year. Please make sure your financial supporters are aware of this. Your personal monies that you contribute are also deductible as a charitable donation (this includes your trip deposit). However, in order for a contribution to be deductible, it must also be non-refundable. If you change your mind about participating on a team or something arises that prevents you from going as planned, all monies given for you (both your personal monies and monies contributed by your family/friends), are not refundable AND nontransferable. Other personal trip-related expenses paid by participants may be deductible as a charitable contributions. Be sure to consult IRS Publication 526 and/or your tax preparer for more specific information.

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What is the proper way to explain to people how to give money to support me? The explanation should contain the following information:  It should be above and beyond normal tithes and offering commitments they have made.  The check must be made out to FBCSLO or First Baptist Church SLO.  Contributions must not be included in the FBCSLO church offering. They must be mailed into the office directly (2075 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401).  Funds that exceed your individual needs will go to assist others on your team. Excess funds will not carry over for your participation on another FBC sponsored short term team or a future short term or long term ministry with a mission agency.  Funds that exceed your team’s need will go to assist other FBC-sponsored short-term teams.  Contributions are non-refundable.  All funds must be in by the final deadline. If I decide to cancel my involvement in the trip or the trip itself is canceled, can I get my money back? According FBCSLO’s interpretation of the tax codes/laws, tax-deductible contributions are non-refundable. These funds will however, stay in the Short Term Missions Fund to assist other FBC-sponsored short term teams. If you cancel your involvement after travel documents are purchased (airfare, visas, etc.) you will be expected to cover all of the fees, penalties, and loses incurred at that point. If you have questions about this, feel free to contact Wayne Longcrier, FBC’s church treasurer at 805.543.0945. If the Missions Department cancels the trip, we will do our best to refund all your money. What if more money comes in for me than what I need? Throughout this ministry you will function as part of a team. Your effectiveness is determined not just from an individual standpoint, but also as a team. Also, each person’s ability to raise funds varies depending on who they know, how many people they know, their ability to communicate effectively, etc. Therefore, since the goal is to fund the entire team, any monies given beyond what you will need will go to support other team members who are struggling with their funds. What if less money comes in for me? Sometimes God uses a serious lack of support as an indicator that a person should not go on a particular project. Our guideline is for you to have at least 50% of your support one month before departure. If this does not occur, please discuss it with your team leader, and you will be given the option of paying the difference or postponing your involvement. As previously mentioned, any surplus funds raised by other team members will go to help support team members who are under-supported. Is it acceptable to pay your own way if you have sufficient funds? Every aspect of our short term mission assignments is designed to encourage team members in their relationship with God and to give them practical experience in what it is like to be a missionary. This includes even how the project is funded! Even if team member (s) can afford to pay for the entire trip themselves, they should cover no more than 50% of their own support need and should send out prayer letters to raise the remaining 50%. If the other 50% needed does not come in by one month prior to departure, participants are welcome to pay the outstanding balance out of their personal finances. However, we want to emphasis that one of the critical goals of these projects is to involve as many people as possible in world

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missions and to help you understand what it is like to be a missionary. If you pay your own way, it eliminates 20-40 people from being involved in missions, and you have not experienced the pleasure and pain of humbly trusting God to provide beyond your ability to provide for yourself. Other benefits of raising support are these:  Learning to trust God to provide for your needs through the Body of Christ, rather than your own means.  Having the Body of Christ endorse you in a tangible way.  Getting your family and friends interested in missions that might not do so otherwise.  Support other team members, instead of only your own needs. P. Is it possible for individuals to arrange separate itineraries to visit friends, participate in other ministries, sightsee before or after the project, or to use personal frequent flyer miles? We do not plan separate itineraries for people except when they need to do so to accomplish the goals of the team. We have found that our travel arrangements go much more smoothly if everyone is on the same itinerary. Having separate itineraries not only makes it more complicated for the travel agents, but also makes it very difficult to arrange for group discounts and to maintain quality travel and housing arrangements. Separate itineraries also tend to disrupt team bonding and unity. Is it possible to find out who has given, and how much they have given, toward my support? As a general rule, when people give money to a church for any purpose they expect that their donation be kept confidential. There are exceptions to this when it comes to missionary support, but we still try to maintain some level of confidentiality. In order to find a good balance, our policy has been to give you the names of all your donors along with the total monies in your account, but not to give you the exact amounts given by each donor.

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Dear Parent, Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ben Barczi, and I serve as the missions director for First Baptist Church of San Luis Obispo, and Vintage Community Church in Templeton. Together these two separate campuses function as one church body. Your child has expressed an interest in participating in one of our upcoming international short term missions trips. Working with college students in our congregation for the past six years, I have repeatedly seen the positive effect such international experiences have on students. I have also had opportunity to talk with many parents who have had a lot of questions, as I’m sure you do also. FBCSLO and Vintage Community are local church bodies committed to seeing our congregations grow in love with God, with His church and with His world. A major part of that purpose lies in helping equip our members shine God’s love and goodness into the world around them, locally and internationally. We want our members to grow in love for the world and concern for the well-being of the needy; we have discovered that short term missions are one of the most effective ways to accomplish this. Not only the team members themselves, but our church body at home who pray for and support them gain from this international experience. Moreover, short-term missions work proves deeply effective in changing the lives of people worldwide, particularly when we partner with local churches and agencies who carry on the work year-round. Your student will have the opportunity not only to help people in a foreign country, but to meet and support those who have dedicated their lives to loving others in God’s name. It’s our hope that our short term missions teams will grow in their desire to support long term missionaries and agencies. We desire that you be informed about our short term missions trips and what they involve. I particularly want you, as a parent, to feel supported and included as your child pursues this opportunity. Your comments will be an important factor in our consideration of your child’s participation. Please take a moment to complete the form on the back of this letter indicating that you have discussed this trip with your son or daughter. Should your child be accepted for a short term missions trip, know that every effort will be made to ensure that the trip is a safe and positive one. We will also include you on our email updates, both before, during and after the trip, so that you’ll know we’ve safely arrived and hear what we’re doing! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at 805.550.7260, or at the church office at 805.543.0945. I appreciate your willingness to consider your child’s desire to be a part of this mission trip. In Christ,

Ben Barczi Missions Director First Baptist Church, SLO

Short Term Missions Parent/Guardian Advice Form
First Baptist Church, SLO Vintage Community Church 805.543.0945 Please fill out the following legibly in ink. If you have any questions, contact Ben Barczi at 805.550.7260.
Student’s Name Parent Contact Information Parent/Guardian Name(s) Email Relationship to Child Home Phone Cell Phone

We have discussed our son/daughter’s plan to apply for a short term mission trip. We understand FBCSLO will seek to provide for his/her safety and welfare. In addition we have discussed with him/her the risks that are always involved in international travel. We realize our son/ daughter is responsible for making his/her own decisions and that FBCSLO is simply giving him/her the opportunity to participate as a volunteer. Yes No

Parent’s Advice We have encouraged our child to participate. We are not opposed to our child going, but we have the following reservations:

We have advised our child not to go for the following reasons:

We would like to be contacted by the team leader or missions director for more information. Parent/Guardian signature Date

Please return this form by mail to: Missions Director First Baptist Church, SLO 2075 Johnson Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

First Baptist Church SLO Short Term Mission Trip Release of Liability for Minors
In signing this form, I, ___________________________, the parent and/or legal guardian of _________________ (Team Member’s Name), agree not to hold First Baptist Church, its officers, employees, or other agents liable for injury, loss, damage, or accident arising out of the church’s negligence or that negligence of its officers, employees or other agents that I (and my minor children participating with me – listed below) might encounter while on one of its mission trips to ___________________________ (Location of Trip) from __________ (date) to ____________ (date). I realize and acknowledge that my (and my minor child’s/children’s) participation on a mission trip to a foreign country includes many risks and possible dangers. I am well aware that my travel to a foreign country exposes me to such risks as accidents, disease, war, political unrest, injury from construction projects, and other calamities. I hereby assume risks that might result from my travel to a foreign country, and I agree to hold First Baptist Church, its officers, employees, or other agents blameless for liability concerning my personal health and wellbeing arising out of First Baptist Church’s negligence, and liability for my personal property that might be lost, damaged, or stolen while on a mission trip arising out of First Baptist Church’s negligence. I also give permission for my child to travel with an assigned staff member from First Baptist Church outside the United States of America, and give that person permission to administer medical care in the case of an emergency. I understand that the leadership will make every reasonable attempt to contact me in such an emergency, but that communication may not be immediately possible. I have carefully read the foregoing and I understand that my signature herein holds First Baptist Church, its officers, employees, or other agents harmless for liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity in schedule arising out of the church’s negligence or the negligence of its officers, employees, or other agent. Parent or Guardian’s Signature ______________________________________ Date _______________________ Minor Child Participating (under 18 years of age): Name ______________________________________ Date of Birth ___________________________ Notarization In the State of California in the county of San Luis Obispo, this instrument was signed, attested, and acknowledged before me on _______________________ (Date) by ______________________________.

Notary Signature ________________________________ Date _____________________________