Teen Missions is a pioneer of the concept of providing short-term missions experience for teens with confidence that as young people saw the mission field first-hand, they would see the pressing needs of the world. The first team went out in 1971 and since that time over 42,000 North American youth have assisted with a variety of evangelistic and building projects with over 200 established missions in over 110 countries. We exist to launch youth into lifetime missions involvement by training, discipling and mobilizing them to impact eternity around the world NOW. A large number of our alumni are in full-time Christian ministry serving the Lord worldwide as pastors, teachers, Christian authors, and missionaries.
Teen Missions has grown from one base in Merritt Island, Florida to a worldwide ministry with bases in over 25 countries. Each base runs at least one annual short-term mission program similar to the one in the United States, enabling national youth to be able to serve in their own countries.
Teen Missions is an interdenominational evangelical mission organization and is not associated with any particular church or denomination. The Teen Missions staff, leaders, and team members come from a wide range of evangelical denominations. Teen Missions is one of the few organizations that is truly interdenominational, having worked with hundreds of church denominations and mission boards.
Teen Missions is partially supported through general contributions, volunteer assistance, donated supplies and a portion of the Project Assignment Expense for each team. Staff members give 12.5% of their support to Teen Missions to help cover some of the operating costs of the ministry. Teen Missions is audited annually by independent certified public accountants. The audit is submitted to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Revenue Canada. Staff working with Teen Missions are faith supported. They are required to raise financial and prayer support through friends, family, and churches.
Major decisions regarding Teen Missions are decided by the Governing Board. The Governing Board is composed of professional and lay people, as well as some members of Teen Missions staff, with a heart for God and a love for youth. Pictured: (Back Row) Jim Grossman, Anthony Myers, Tom Palmer, Joe Vile, Richard Barber (President), Curt Bitterman, Paul Kostner, Thomas Maher, Brian Biedabach (Front Row) Nathan Strite, Marva Peck (treasurer), Gay Petersen (secretary) and Jennifer Wadman (not pictured: Doug Petersen)
Teen Missions welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, gender, age, physical limitation and national or ethnic origin.