leader info

Role Description

The Action Team Leader provides leadership and coordination to one of the Center for Student Action’s (CSA) Action Teams.  Primary attention is given to the recruitment of team members, the facilitation of team development and training, and implementation of trip logistics while on-field.  The Action Team Leader will also work alongside the Action Team Staff to facilitate an experience that encourages the faith development and personal development of individual team members that leads to a greater understanding of God, self and others.  Additionally, it is imperative that team leaders recognize that the context for ministry is two-fold: 1) the distinct community of each team and 2) the specific community with whom they minister within the global community.  An Action Team Leader’s primary responsibilities include:

  1. Act as a representative of Christ, Azusa Pacific University, and the Center for Student Action at all times

    1. Hold members accountable to the student code of conduct

    2. Demonstrate maturity and honorably represent APU and the community of Christ while traveling to and from your site, as well as while on-field

    3. Uphold financial stewardship with all money entrusted to you in accordance with University guidelines

  2. Mobilize undergraduate students towards participation on an Action Team

    1. Recruit on average 8-10 team members for their team as determined by the host

  3. Actively participate in Action Team Leader Training times

    1. Attend a bi-weekly leader group training meeting with the Action Team Staff

    2. For Fall Teams, attend a weekend leader training retreat in October 2019

    3. For Spring Teams, attend a weekend leader training retreat in January 2020

    4. For Summer Teams, attend a weekend leader training retreat in January 2020 and a weekend all team retreat in February 2020

  4. Facilitate team development and team bonding

    1. Coordinate bi-weekly team meetings for the purposes of training, education, team bonding, and faith development

    2. Work in collaboration with the Action Team staff to research and prepare culture-specific information for the team

    3. Facilitate consistent on-field debrief meetings with the team for the purpose of helping them process their experiences as they go

  5. Work in collaboration with the CSA Operations & Finance team to facilitate the logistics of an Action Team

    1. Consistently communicate financial obligations of each team member as well as financial feedback to the CSA Finance Coordinator when needed

    2. Hold team members accountable to turning in the proper registration paperwork in a timely fashion

    3. Act as a liaison between the CSA staff and Action Team on-field host both pre-trip and during the trip

    4. Implement the training received to respond to any on-field emergencies in accordance with the APU Emergency Action Plan, alongside the on-field host, and in communication with the Center for Student Action

  6. Collaborate with the Action Team Staff to coordinate fundraising opportunities for the team

    1. Take responsibility for the fundraising efforts of your team

    2. Advocate for their best interest in the fundraising process


All leaders will receive intensive training and leadership development, which includes an all-expenses paid leaders retreat and a 25% discount on the overall cost of their trip. Alumni Action Team members and leaders from 2016-19 are also eligible for a $200 scholarship toward the cost of their trip.

Key Dates

fall 2019


  • Leader interviews: September 9 - October 4, 2019

  • Leaders retreat: October 18-19, 2019

  • All Team Training Day: November 2, 2019

  • Weekly leader training meetings: October 28 - November 22, 2019

  • Weekly individual team meetings: October 28 - November 22, 2019

  • $90 (non-refundable) deposit due & legal forms due: November 8, 2019

  • 100% of trip cost due: *1 business day before departure

 SPRING 2020


  • Leader interviews: November 4 - January 10, 2020

  • Leaders retreat: January 17-18, 2020

  • All Team Training Day: February 1, 2020

  • Weekly leader training meetings: start February 3 - February 28, 2020

  • Weekly individual team meetings: start February 3 - February 28, 2020

  • $90 (non-refundable) deposit due & legal forms due: February 7, 2020

  • 100% of trip cost due: *1 business day before departure



  • Leader interviews:

  • $250 deposit due:

  • Member interviews:

  • All team meeting:

  • Leaders retreat:

  • Bi-weekly leader group training meetings:

  • Bi-weekly individual team meetings:

  • Airfare deposit ($400) & Passports due:

  • All team retreat:

  • 100% of trip cost due:

  • Leader Finance & Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Training:

  • Action Team Commissioning Service:

  • Pre-departure Meeting with Action Team staff (1hr - 24hrs before departure)

Application Process

Interested in applying to be a Team Leader? 

  1. Complete and submit the online LEADER application: Deadline for, Fall Teams (September 9th), Spring Teams (December 6), Summer Teams (September 9th). You will have the opportunity to tell us which teams you are most interested in leading within the application. We will also talk more about it in your interview.

  2. Share the link for the online Leader reference form with someone who has mentored, pastored, taught or lead you recently. This form cannot be completed by a peer, significant other or relative: We believe they should be biased toward you. Click this LINK for reference form.

  3. Come into the Center for Student Action office to sign-up for an interview which will take place: Fall Teams ( September 9 - October 4, 2019), Spring Teams (TBD), Summer Teams (September 9 - October 4, 2019). We are located on East Campus near the Rose Garden in the building with all of the international flags hanging on the roof.

On October 4, 2019 we will begin the placement process and shortly after each applicant will receive a phone call. If there are any trips that still need a leader after this process, we will conduct interviews and placement on a rolling basis until each team is filled or October 25th. Contact Julie Ploehn at jploehn@apu.edu if you are interested. 

A note about our placement process:

Our goal as the Action Team staff is to place team leaders on trips that will benefit most from what they uniquely bring in terms of experience, passion, knowledge and skill.  In order to do this, we take several things into consideration during our placement process: 

  1. Where you want to go: You have the opportunity in the application to tell us three trips you are most interested in leading. If you don’t have a preference in location but simply want to lead, let us know that, too by selecting “any team.”

  2. Insight from your reference: Those who have invested in you personally have perspective on what you bring to a leadership position and team environment and that is why we ask for their input. Each trip has different needs based on the location, type of ministry and the nature of our relationship with the local host. The more we know about you the better we place you on a team that needs what you bring.

  3. Your story and experience: We want to hear about your experiences and desire to facilitate an experience for others so we will ask about those things in an interview. We believe God has placed people, locations and ministries on your heart so we will talk about that.

  4. The needs of our hosts: We partner with a variety of sending organizations who have expertise in the cultures where they work and the types of ministry they do. Each host relationship looks a little different in terms of the host’s level of involvement and our team leader’s responsibility. It is important for the leader and the host that we do our best to place leaders well

  5. Prayer: Most important of all, the Action Team staff is praying for God’s wisdom, discernment and insight as we place team leaders. We can’t know everything so we rely heavily on God to lead us.