Guiding Criteria

Riverwood Church is looking forward to hosting a Vision Trip to Swaziland, Africa for Lead Pastors and spouses who are ready to lead their church in a strategic partnership with Children’s HopeChest Canada. This experience will be facilitated and financially covered by Riverwood as a way to contribute to the growth and expansion of an organization that has had a tremendous impact on us. As we plan towards this trip and gather potential pastors and churches, we have established the following “guiding criteria” to help us determine who would be eligible for this experience.

  • Criteria
  • Lead Pastor

    For a community-to-community sponsorship to be successful we have found that it is critical for the church to have the endorsement and engagement at the highest level of leadership. Therefore, this Vision Trip is specifically intended for Lead or Senior Pastors and their spouses in an effort to help them to engage personally with the project, people and organization. However, if there is a person other than the Lead Pastor’s spouse that would be a better fit for the trip, we would love to welcome them onboard!

  • Criteria

    We realize that the whole purpose of experiencing a Vision Trip is to assess the fit and compatibility of this venture with your church.  However, good stewardship of the resources we have available for this venture means that the participants and their church are seriously looking for a cross-cultural mission opportunity.

  • Church Size

    Carepoint sponsorship is a long-term community-to-community commitment that requires the successful sponsorship of between 50-120 children on a monthly basis (depending on the size of the carepoint). Churches looking to participate in this trip would need to be of a size that could manage this type of investment and have enough potential sponsors within their congregation. We would see the minimum size to be a church with an average weekend attendance of 120 or more. Note: A smaller church that feels passionate about this mission could potentially be partnered with another equally passionate church to sponsor and serve a single carepoint.