Summer 2021 Registration is now open!
We are planning a return to "normal" operations in 2021. Teams can expect some minor operational changes, schedule adjustments, reduced capacities and other changes to enhance participant safety. Bear with us!
We will update our teams as new information is available.
Covid19 Guarantee: Should any of your participants be unable to attend due to travel restrictions or quarantine requirements, we will refund deposits and final payments. (This is not yet listed in the current 2021 planning guide)
Covid 19 Precautions: We are continuing to watch and modify procedures as we learn more about Covid19. At this point (January, 2021), our groups may expect some, if not all of the following possible covid19 precautions at our facility:
Facility precautions: reduced capacities, increased ventilation, sanitizing/fogging, scheduled shower times
Person to person: reduced or "distanced" community interactions, mask wearing, sanitizers
Partner with us as we share the hope of Jesus in Southeast Kentucky
Our missions trips are affordable, personal, and Christ-centered
Who we are:
Big Creek Missions is a Christ focused mission in Southeast Kentucky. Our two mission centers are permanently based in two struggling counties in Eastern Kentucky. We share and show the Gospel by meeting spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.
What We do:
*Our mission centers are based in the communities we serve. We don't just pick a place and serve there for a week.
*We are committed to our communities throughout the entire year, not just the summer
*We develop connections, meet the families, research and plan meaningful service opportunities for your team.
*For our residents, we offer home repairs, community programs, and children's enrichment programs.
*For your team, we offer a life-changing mission experience focused on serving Jesus and serving others.
$229 per person for a full week mission trip!
What your gift of $229 covers:
Your gift helps us create local jobs and provide numerous ministries to our residents, including construction, food ministries, and even operating our local pool and summer camps. It also covers your team's:
*Lodging (gender based bunk rooms / mattresses / indoor hot showers)
*2 hot meals and 1 sack lunch daily
*Construction and ministry supplies
*Ministry staffing, worship team (BC campus), worship leader (Wheelwright Campus) pre-project planning, and more!
*BONUS: $10 gift card for each participant If all team members are registered online, and all group payments made 30 days prior to trip: $10 gift card to our mission store for each participant (must meet 3 qualifications)
**1) if all team members register online 30 days prior to the trip
2) if all group payments are on time (30 days prior to trip)
3) group pays full amount for spaces reserved / no cancellations
What 's in it for your team?
*Your team members will be able to put their faith into action - bringing unity and focus to your team
*Your team members will be challenged to talk, act, serve, and love like Jesus.
*Your team members will be challenged to look towards the needs of others, not their own.
*Your team members will be challenged to observe the similarities between our region and your hometown.
*Your team members will be challenged to look beyond the walls of your church building and view people differently.
If your team members arrive at Big Creek ready to learn, serve, and give - we promise they're going to grow!
What does a typical day look like for my team?
(This is the general schedule for both campus locations - actual schedule may vary slightly)
7:00 am - Breakfast! We offer a full cafeteria style hot breakfast.
7:00 am - Lunch packing time! Team members build their own lunch at our lunch stations and pack it in their team cooler
8:00 am - Morning Worship & Sendoff. We'll worship and dig into God's word to help focus for the day!
8:20 am - Adult meeting / Student team meetings. The directors meet with adults daily to go over the day's plans
9:00 am - Go serve! Your drivers and their teams will load your vehicles and head out to the work site for the day!
(lunch is eaten at the work site - lunchtime is different for each team)
4:30 pm (ish) - Return to Big Creek ... shower, nap, relax, go outside and play, whatever! (flex free time lasts till 7:30)
5:30 pm - Dinner! We offer a full cafeteria style dinner and salad bar every evening, except Wednesday (night out)
7:30 pm - Worship! We'll gather again for worship in the evening to end our day right!
8:30 pm - Church Group meeting times! This is where you and your team can gather and share about your day.
10:45 pm - SLEEP!
Your participants can choose 1 of 4 ministries
Your entire team doesn't have to serve together! Each participant chooses their ministry for the week, and your group can sub-divide into the four ministry areas. Students are placed with an adult from your group, and your group is often mixed with other groups. The group leader has the final say in group divisions.
Why do we need mission teams in Southeast Kentucky?
Located in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky - an area with rich heritage, friendly people, and amazing scenery, Big Creek Missions has established itself as a bright light in a community filled with darkness. Drug use, poverty, hunger, hopelessness, and loneliness are running rampant in our area. In fact, this area has been declared among the hardest places to live in the United States.
Our area also fights many of the stereotypes that plague small Appalachian towns. Outsiders may think of eastern Kentucky as toothless hillbillies, shoeless kids, and uneducated folks. That's simply not reality. Yes, we have problems, but we also have many bright, energetic residents, churches and community leaders trying to make a difference. Your group can a part of this effort to serve our people. You can build relationships with locals, serve families, evangelize the lost, and disciple young Christians. Your team will help nurture relationships our mission has built over the past 18 years!
Will anyone follow up after we leave?
Yes! We're a year round ministry. You can be confident we will continue to nurture the relationships that are built during your week of service. We know our people - and our people know us! We will strive to connect any new believers with a Gospel-centered church and meet needs through the year.
What are the two location choices?
Big Creek Mission Center
Location: 90 bullskin Road, Bear Branch KY
Capacity: 175 volunteers (reduced due to Covid 19)
Setting: More rural setting - travelling to adjacent towns
Worship: Typically a full band & staff speakers
Ministry Choices: Construction, Community, Children's
Ministry differences: Here, you'll still interact with your team - but also have many interactions with other groups. This setting is more structured and less "customized"
Accessibility: This facility is fully accessible with private wheelchair friendly bathroom, and is all one level
Wheelwright Mission Center
Location: 1369 KY-306, Wheelwright, KY 41669
Capacity: 65 volunteers (reduced due to covid 19)
Setting: More "in town" type setting, located in small town
Worship: worship leader+speaker
Ministry Choices: Construction, Community, Children's
Ministry differences: Your team will have a much more "personalized" experience here in Wheelwright. Group sizes are smaller and local interaction is more personal
Accessibility: Contact us regarding accessibility. We will work with you to accommodate those with special needs
A message from the Founder & Director
Thank you for your interest in Big Creek Missions! After 18 years of service, we are still amazed at how the Lord continues to work through His church to meet needs in our area. Our website is very thorough and will answer almost all your questions. Our printable group planning guides are extremely thorough, as well! Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions!
- Kevin Rogers, Director
Summer 2021 Weeks of Service
Arrive Sunday 3-4 pm EST
Depart Saturday by 9 am, EST
May 30-June 5
June 27-July 3
*July 5th week: Cost: $209. Arrive Monday 3-4 pm EST, depart Saturday by 9 am EST
To reserve spaces, click the button below:
$50 pp online deposits are requested to reserve your spaces for the summer
*Covid19 Guarantee: Should any of your participants be unable to attend due to travel restrictions or quarantine requirements, we will refund deposits and final payments.
(This is not yet listed in the current 2021 planning guide)
Need to shorten your week or leave early? Please contact us for details
Frequently asked questions
What type groups and ages are welcome at Big Creek?
We welcome ALL age groups and group types!
Families are welcome! You would simply register as a "group" - even though you're family.
Why is this trip more affordable than other mission trips?
We understand a lot of mission organizations would charge twice what we do. Having grown up in a very small church with a very small budget, our founder and director is passionate about keeping this mission affordable for those churches that - without our lower costs - would never be able to serve on mission.
We don't spend a lot of money on advertising and fluffy fancy stuff.
We look for creative ways to cut expenses without cutting quality.
We aren't top-heavy with administrative staff. We all serve together! You'll see our director and staff working along side your team and cleaning, washing dishes, and cooking.
What is the typical daily schedule while at Big Creek?
When you arrive Sunday between 3-4 pm EST, you'll be greeted by an eager and enthusiastic staff. They will lead you through a brief tour of the campus and and prepare you for the events of the week. Don't be late - you want to start your week prepared! (We are on Eastern time!)
6:45 am: Wakeup Call
8:00 am: Morning Worship
9am-4pm: Serving in the community!
5:45 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Worship
10:45 pm: Lights Out!
This basic schedule summarizes the day. Check out our Group Planning Guide for a detailed version of our schedule.
What are the accomodations like?
We have two campuses that are very different!
Bunkrooms 6-9: Girls (sleep 18 each)
Bunkroom 10: Girls (sleeps 36)
-3 level Bunkbeds
-Ample carpeted floor space for meetings in each room
Our new shower rooms were opened in June, 2017 and have:
- 20 showers, 10 toilets, and 16 sinks
- Lockable doors to all showers and toilets
- plenty of sinks
Can my participants change ministry choices midweek?
We prefer individuals stick with their ministry choice for the entire week so you are able to build relationships with the people you serve.
What type ministries are available for my group?
Your participants will choose one of four ministries for the week. Each individual chooses their own ministry. As group leader, you'll be able to monitor their choices and "assign" them to work together.
Example: if you bring 20 participants, 5 choose construction, 5 choose community, and 10 choose children's ministry: It's likely that the 5 construction will serve together, 5 community will serve together, an 10 children's will serve together. We strive to always have an adult representative from your church on each of your teams.
Will my group all serve together? Will they be split up?
As the group leader, you will have a lot of control over your group's assignments.
We do encourage you to work with others, partner with other churches, and get to know others. Sometimes, keeping your entire group together can cause you to lose positive interactions which can help grow your team!
**Even though it may seem that your group is “divided” through the week, they will have ample time throughout the week (both during the day AND during the evening church group share time) to share their unique experiences from varying viewpoints and build unity within the group.
**If your group is together, they all see one thing. If your group is divided, you’ll hear stories about up to 16 different ministries going on in our community!
**Allowing students to pick their own ministry gives students an opportunity to LEAD in a different group, where they may never be given that opportunity within their own group because of past mistakes or social standing.
**Splitting your group them to shed the social cliques and stereotypes that may exist within their own church group. We’ve seen VERY positive results from this model!
What do we need to plan in advance of our trip?
Wwe hope you'll come armed with some creative ideas for ministry! Even though we're planning the basic details, we need your team to do some work before arriving!
If they can't (or won't) work, or if they won't pay attention to your instructions, maybe they should consider attending NEXT year!
How many chaperones do I need to bring?
How many chaperones are required?
If you bring a middle school group, we recommend a 1:3 (adult/student)ratio
If you bring a pre-teen group, we recommend a 1:2 (adult/student) ratio
Many churches open up this trip to just one age group. We hope you'll consider opening this trip up to anyone in your church with a passion to serve! Please strive to locate talented and passionate adults who can help us lead construction and children's ministries! This is YOUR mission trip - and the quality of leaders that you bring will only enhance the experience. This is not just a student mission trip. All age groups are welcome to join us. Bring everyone!
What are the worship services and devotions like?
Our worship services (both morning and evening) are well-planned, Christ-Centered, and Biblically based.
Do the participants I bring need to be Christians?
We certainly hope that most of your team members have professed faith in Jesus.
Can we bring extra donations? What kind?
YES! Please bring those donations, as we’ll distribute them to people as needed. You can read about our “wishlist” in your summer group preparation guide or at:
What kind of vehicles are best for this mission trip?
*Cars are great.
15-25 passenger buses are almost always assigned to children's ministry, and sometimes community ministry.
How do we register and pay?
1. Check our availability and register at www.bigcreekmissions.com/register
I have questions! Who do I talk to?
We are available to answer your questions! the BEST way to contact us is by email OR the chat function on the webpage. Because of limited cell service and sketchy phones, we recommend emails for fastest response!
What happens if i register too many people?
Because of our low prices, cancellations hurt us a lot. This is our only funding for the year! We ask our team leaders to only register those people who have provided you a deposit payment! Please don't over-estimate. Maintain a waiting list so that if someone cancels, you can simply fill their spot with a backup. IF someone cancels last minute, we ask you to consider their full trip payment a donation to the mission. This helps us keep our costs as low as possible to our teams, and allows us to pay our summer staff, purchase supplies, and follow through with commitments made to our community!
2) REGISTER LOW! Sometimes, we overestimate who may come on a trip, so be careful not to overestimate!! We almost ALWAYS have a few spaces available as we get closer to each week. If you need to add 1-2 spaces, you can do that!
3) IF PARTICIPANTS BACK OUT, please decrease your group numbers as soon as possible. IF we are able to fill those spots, we may be able to refund the overpayments. If we are not able to fill those spots, we cannot refund overpayments.
Financial details, deadlines, & more money questions!
Your payment covers almost everything except transportation!
--*$10 gift card to our mission store for each participant (must meet 3 qualifications) **1) if all team members register online 30 days prior to the trip 2) if all group payments are on time (30 days prior to trip) 3) group pays full amount for spaces reserved / no cancellations
What are the two different campuses like?
Big Creek Campus:
Are your facilities accessible and wheelchair friendly?
Our Big Creek Facility is fully accessible and has NO steps. Our entire facility is one level.
Covid 19 Updates & Changes
Our mission was unable to host groups in Summer 2020 due to Covid 19. This caused us to update our cancellation and deposit policy, as well as operating procedures.
Printable planning guides and brochures
Well yes we do! We keep our costs down by letting you print these as needed.
View past news stories & testimonials!
1) Collect deposits from your team members. This will determine your group size!
2) Click the box below: You'll register & pay $50 deposits online via debit/credit card.
3) Estimate your numbers conservatively so we're not faced with cancellations from overestimated numbers!
4) You can always add more participants as long as spaces are available!
Before registering, we encourage you to read our planning guides:
Payments: Initial $50 per person deposit is paid online. Please mail all other payments to:
Big Creek Missions - PO BOX 211 - Bear Branch KY - 41714