Debriefing Questions

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Questions that can help you think through your cross-cultural ministry experience and evaluate next steps. 

1. What part did you like best about your trip?

2. What did you learn about the country? The people? The culture? What do you miss about them?

3. What were you glad to leave behind?

4. What do you remember most about the people you served there? What would you rather forget?

5. Tell me about a special story, event, or person you met.

6. Tell me about something that surprised you or you didn’t expect.

7. Tell me about one thing for which you were most thankful to God.

8. What was the hardest part for you? The most disappointing?

9. What did you see God do in the people you met?

10. What did God do through you during the outreach?

11. Tell me the most important thing you learned about God and His character.

12. What did God show you about yourself? (i.e. physical limitations, spiritual gifts, basic values, etc.)

13. Tell me about what you learned about missionary life.

14. What did you learn about the world and missions (globally)?

15. What were your expectations before going? How were they met or not met?

16. Was there anything you would have done differently to prepare?

17. What things will be different for you now that you’re home? Difficult for you?

18. How do you feel about being home? Can you condense it into one word?

More about debriefing
  • Short-term debrief and hand-off: Reintegration includes making sure short-term ministry participants are fully functional in life and ministry, applying all the positive changes that the Spirit has brought into their lives as a result of their experience.