TransforMission 2015

TransforMission 2015

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through acts of love and service in Indianapolis.

July 19-25
Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

On-Line Registration Deadline 6/22/15

TransforMission is a week-long mission camp specially designed to help High School and Middle School youth connect with God and each other while serving alongside some of the best mission agencies in the City.  This life-changing mission experience will include:

Meaningful Mission Opportunities – We connect participants to service opportunities that allow them to use their gifts and interests in meaningful ways. Projects will include: Home Repair, Wheel Chair Ramp Building/Installation, Community Outreach Block Parties, Vacation Bible School, Parks Beautification, Urban Gardening, and Serving Children & Elderly at Hospitals, Day Camps and Nursing Homes.

Powerful Worship - Worship band, Sixteen Cities, and Pastor Alex Hershey will lead powerful worship sessions that help participants connect to God and apply teachings to their lives.

Engaging Small Group Discussions – Participants will dig into scripture each morning in small groups to read, think, discuss and apply biblical truths to their lives.

Action Plan Session – We will help groups create a plan to reach people with God’s love when they return to their hometowns and cities.

Fun Group Outings And Activities – We’ve carved out time in the schedule just for your group to tour the City of Indianapolis, play some games, get to know other groups, or maybe even take a nap!

Butler University

$290 per person. Includes programming, food, lodging & supplies. (Your group outings and activities are not included in this cost.) A non-refundable deposit of $50 per person is required at time of registration.

Adult/Student Ratio : 1 adult for every 5 students.

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Worship Band: Sixteen Cities

We are excited to welcome back Sixteen Cities ! T heir story and band philosophy fit so well with the heart of our trip! Without any intention of being a Christian rock band, they started meeting at their high school each week, in an attempt to reach their friends for Christ.  They reached hundreds of students on their campus and saw radical transformation at their school as a result of reaching out. It wasn’t long before the band knew they were called to use music as a way to reach their generation. “It is our desire to be a band of servants, humbly offering our gifts and talents to reach this world for Christ. We know we’re just a bunch of normal guys, living each day in the grip of God’s grace,” says front man Josiah Warneking.  Hear their or watch their to get to know them better.

Speaker: Alex Hershey, The Branches UMC. Alex leads a brand new church called The Branches, in Plainfield, Indiana, which has only just launched in December 2013. He has been a student pastor in the hills of Kentucky, an associate and youth pastor in Monticello, IN, and a head pastor in Union City, IN. He has a heart for camping ministry and missions. Alex Hershey is a husband, father of Elliott & Audrey, lover of music and sports and all things Cardinals baseball. Most of all, he is a follower of Jesus Christ and has a deep desire that all people come to know the awesome love of God.


4:30-6:00 PM Groups Arrive (Meals on your own)
7:00 PM Leader’s Meeting/ Youth Orientation Meeting
8:30-9:30 PM Worship & Communion
9:30-10:30 PM Time With Your Group
11:30 PM Lights Out

Monday through Friday

7:00 AM Wake Up
7:15-745 AM Breakfast In Dining Hall With Your Group
8:15-8:40 AM Morning Devotions With Your Group IMG_9097 8:45 AM Prayer
9:00 AM Depart for Worksites
12:00 PM Lunch at Site

1:00 PM Worksites
4:00 PM Head To Dorms/Church Sites
4:05-5:30 PM Scheduled Activities
5:00-5:30 PM Team Leader Meeting
*5:30-6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Worship
8:45-10:00 PM Group Time
10:00-11:00 PM Everyone In Rooms
11:15 PM Lights Out

*Wednesday night = Dinner with your group/fun activity.

7:30-10:30 AM Cleanup/ Packing/Head Home!


Devo for Trip Leaders

Fundraising E-book (Thanks Group Publishing!)

Pre-trip Study: Critical_Others-Facilitator_Guide

Adult Leader Background Check Verification

Photo Release


  1. Cindy Garver

    Question…. Do the worship times, devos, and small groups incorporate at one or several points an invitation to give one’s life to Jesus? My youth team needs to know more before we commit. I would be grateful for a phone call. Not sure my phone number should be in a comment?

  2. Christin Nevins

    I have a very interested group of middle schoolers who are not affiliated with a UM youth group. How can we sign up and participate? Thanks!

  3. An adult from our church or parent needs to be with our kids we send, correct? I wasn’t clear if the adult mentioned in the “adult/child ratio” was an adult provided by you or if this was a trip was one where adults can attend as well. Thanks for any clarification!

    • inumcconnect

      Hi Dana,
      Yes! An adult from your church must attend with youth from your congregation. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help your group in any way. Thanks! -Helene ([email protected])

  4. Larry Schmoekel

    Just curious, how many youth are usually involved in this project? It sounds like from the information that each group needs to provide an adult for every 5 students? What if a group is mixed, would one male and one femaled adult be reuired?

    • inumcconnect

      Hi Larry! Yes, 1 adult per 5 students. If your group is mixed, one male and one female leader must attend. So, if you have a mixed group of 5 students, 1 adult male and 1 adult female must attend. Last year, churches with smaller groups partnered with churches in their area to help make this possible. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help your group in any way! Thanks! -Helene ([email protected])

  5. Linda Beall

    Is there a check in time on Sunday, July 19th?

    Also, would you be able to send a packing list so we can get it to our youth?

    Thanks for everything, Helene!

    • inumcconnect

      Hi Linda!
      The packing list link is now fixed. Sorry about that!
      Check in time is between 4-6 on Sunday at Schwitzer Hall.
      See you soon!

  6. Christine Kindlesparger

    I can’t seem to pull up the packing list or print it.

  7. Christine Kindlesparger

    Will we get any devo materials while there or should we bring our own?

    • inumcconnect

      We will provide devo materials. Morning devotions are with the whole group.

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