Our mission is to craft a week of mission work, great worship, and an memorable trip for churches eager to serve God with people from all over the nation.
Disciple Summer Mission is composed of a teams of several leaders that plan, pray, and work hard to organize each week for your churches youth group to attend. Since 2011, the dynamic of Disciple Summer Mission has changed from a couple of churches gathering, to about 550 participants, from 13 different states, in two different locations, and crossing into 7 different states. All groups, 6th through the 12th grade and their accompanying adults, are welcomed to join us for a week of mission.
Disciple Summer Mission focuses on 5 pillars when we plan our trips. When we choose a location, we contact local churches and organizations to see the best way that we can help them. Once we have found work we can find housing! We know working all day can be exhausting, so we value the places we stay. Once we are set with worksites, we can then look for places to worship whether that would be a local church or the auditorium at the university. We plan worships that will reach all people where they are. Food is a very important to our stamina! We provide nutritious meals to keep us going all week long! Last but not least, we work hard and we play hard! DSM knows that rest and unwinding is important. On Tuesday and Thursday night, DSM finds an evening activity for all participating. Sometimes that is renting a movie theatre, renting out a zoo, learning at local museums, or enjoying a local sports game. All members of our planning teams have been on the trip as a leader, and we know that being present with your students is important! We set aside Wednesday night as a free night for the churches to spend time together, go out for a nice dinner, do something local, or have a nice relaxing night in!
Rev. Fester Coffee-Prose
Fester is one of the founders of DSM which started in 2011. Fester manages our registration, communication between planning team and churches, and planning worship. Fester is currently serving as the Senior Minister at Crossroads Christian Church, Carrollton Texas. Fester has done all of his schooling at Texas Christian University. Fester grew up in Lubbock, TX, but has served churches in Fort Worth, TX, Greeley, CO, and Tyler, TX. Fester loves playing Disc Golf, talking loud, and tinkers on the guitar from time to time.
Rev. Alexandria Smith
Alex has been a member of DSM family since 2015. Alex handles DSM's Housing and Public Relations. Alex currently serves as the Minister of Information and Technology at First Christian Church of Granbury, TX and works in accounting for a local business. Alex received her Bachelors of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry from Lubbock Christian University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School. Alex was born and raised in Austin, TX and has a passion for traveling. Alex has a deep love for elephants, Harry Potter, and Dr. Pepper.
Rev. Justin Dickey
Justin lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife Erin, their 3 puppies, and Bob the turtle. He began serving with DSM in 2014 when he was Director of Children & Youth Ministries at First Christian Church in Wichita Falls, TX. Justin currently works as a registered behavioral therapist serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder(s) and other neurological & learning disabilities. Justin serves in a number of capacities at his wife's church, Riverside Avenue Christian church, including Christian Education Chair, Chair-Elect of the Children's Art Center Board that is part of the churches ministry, and leads the Praise Team on Sunday mornings and during special events. He loves serving others in any capacity and wants to make sure that all are truly welcome at the Table.
Shawn has been a member of the DSM family since 2016 and handles our work sites. Shawn is currently working with youth and college students at First Christian Church of San Marcos, Texas. Shawn is bivocational, working at Thermon as a scheduler/expediter and has served in that role for 12 years. Shawn is crazy about serving others, floating the river, and New Orleans!!
Rev. David Lee
David has been a member of the DSM family since 2017 working with our finances. David is currently serving at First Christian Church of Rowlett, TX. David graduated from Lubbock Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry and currently attending Brite Divinity at Texas Christian University working towards his Masters of Divinity. David has worked with children and youth in church settings and has a passion for serving people- meeting them where they are.
> Where and when do the events begin and end?
- DSM: Youth will officially begin at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 24 and ends on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 am.
> What are the sleeping arrangements?
Historically, we have stayed in college dormitories. You should bring twin sheets, sleeping bag/blanket, and pillow.
> What is included in the $300 cost for DSM YOUTH?
- All Meals (except Wednesday evening dinner) while you are with us
- Evening activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
- Construction materials and project supplies that are specific to your project
- Worship every evening
> What is the deposit/payment schedule for DSM YOUTH?
March 31, $100 deposit for each person attending the trip
May 31st the balance is due for total number attending. Fees are transferable among participants.
> How do we arrange payment for DSM YOUTH?
Payments should be made through the group/church that is attending. During group registration, the group/church leader will fill out the online form and mail a check to the appropriate location for the trip that was chosen. After that the parent/guardian will fill out the individual registration form and the group/church will then mail the remaining balance that is left.
> What is the cancellation/refund policy?
- The $100 per person deposit due on March 31 is non refundable but can be transferred among participants. (Example: May be used for someone else other than the one that was listed, if the student was listed by name.)
- May 31 the balance is due for total number attending. Fees are transferable among participants.
- Refund of 50% less deposit and fees already paid for cancellations received in writing by June 1.
- 100% less $100 for medical emergency or family death up to June 1
- No refunds for non emergency cancellations after June 1.
- No refunds if the trip is cut short for any reason.
NOTE: This policy has been established because DSM incurs costs in planning for any child or adult to be present at the event. Food and t-shirts are purchased ahead of time as well as supplies for mission and evening activities. The fees that are not refunded will go toward mission in the area of service.
> What does the schdule look like?
The schedule is designed to help our participants work during the day and have fun at night. After eating breakfast, the work begins and ends in time for worship and the evening activity. For a more detailed schedule, check the trips page.
> What will the work projects be like? Do we need to bring working supplies?
We will be doing a variety of manual larbor projects and relational ministry projects on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All construction and project supplies will be provided for the groups and a representative from DSM will make sure that each work site has all that it needs in regards to the constructional and project supplies. An example would be: if you are replacing a piece of drywall, we will provide the drywall and nails, and you will be required to provide the hammer to put it up.
> Who can come on the trip for DSM YOUTH?
Groups can bring youth who have completed grades 6-12. Younger family members may attend with special permission from the DSM planning teams. Please contact us to make those arrangements.