Webinar: Risk and Short-Term Missions

Join us for an insightful webinar delving into the nuanced dynamics of Risk and Short-Term Missions, informed by a comprehensive research study conducted by Missio Nexus and Brotherhood Mutual, engaging over 250 churches and 150 mission agencies. This groundbreaking study offers invaluable insights into the challenges, strategies, and best practices surrounding risk management in short-term missions. From assessing potential hazards to implementing effective safety protocols, this webinar provides a holistic perspective essential for mission leaders, volunteers, and stakeholders alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to glean actionable strategies and foster safer mission endeavors in an ever-evolving landscape of global outreach.

Our thanks to Brotherhood Mutual for their partnership in this initiative!

Michael VanHuis, Executive Director, Missio Nexus: Michael has been with Missio Nexus since September 2015 and serves in the role of Executive Director. Michael has served on the mission field in Ghana, West Africa, has helped lead the operations of two different mission agencies, served as missions pastor, and a manager of a private family foundation. Michael serves as an advisor to mission agencies and churches, oversees Missio Nexus research efforts, and the Missio Nexus Innovation Fund. Michael earned a Masters of Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife, Laura, have five children and currently reside in Aurora, Illinois.

Derek Gard, Sales Manager – Special Markets, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company: In 2003, on a last-minute request from his pastor, Derek visited the Dominican Republic for the first time on a short-term mission trip. During that trip, God infected Derek’s heart for cross-cultural ministry. A short while later, Derek and his family served with GO Ministries in the Dominican Republic for 5 years. Facilitating mission trips, fundraising coach, and hub director were just a few of the hats Derek wore while on the mission field. Currently, with Brotherhood Mutual, Derek assists Mission Sending Organization’s in building custom risk management programs.

Kyle Johnson, Associate Corporate Counsel, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company:  Kyle Johnson serves as Associate Corporate Counsel at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Kyle works within Brotherhood Mutual’s legal department and assists Christian ministries with legal risk management issues, focusing on child protection, worker screening, religious freedom, and insurance coverage. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, Kyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2012 and received his CPCU designation in 2018. Kyle attends Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN, serving in the first impressions and adoption/foster care ministries.

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Download the Risk and Short-Term Missions Reports here

Additional Resources:
Risk and Short Term Missions Study
2022 Report on Global Missions and Risk
Link to Brotherhood Mutual Legal Assist
Sample Short-Term Mission Trip Risk Acknowledgement and Release FormAdditional Resources
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