The LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program functions within the Office of Spiritual Development at Point Loma Nazarene University. The goal of LoveWorks is to walk alongside pastors, missionaries, and congregations who serve Christ in various domestic and international settings. Through LoveWorks, over 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni have traveled to almost 70 world areas to serve with our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Teams are typically 10-12 PLNU students with two faculty, staff, or alumni leaders. LoveWorks only goes where we are invited. We work with hosts that we know and trust. They have a long term presence that makes our short visits meaningful. Each team is unique; training and preparation are focused on the host’s needs. Our host may shift team focus as needs change and new opportunities arise. Flexibility and a servant’s heart are essential.
Pastors, congregations, and missionaries are aware of LoveWorks’ longstanding commitment to sending well trained, culturally sensitive, and flexible teams. As a result, our teams are often invited to serve in challenging and remote areas of the world and in cross-cultural, relational ministries. Please include any documented special needs or accommodations you require in the application so we can place you appropriately. LoveWorks will try to facilitate your needs. We will ask you to sacrifice most personal preferences.
From February to April LoveWorks meets Thursday nights 8 to 9:30 PM for training. There is also a weekend training retreat in March. Full participation in training is crucial to prepare you and your team.
We try to keep LoveWorks costs as low as possible. The cost includes all team transportation, accommodation, food & ministry. There is no overhead or administrative charge. Raising support for LoveWorks requires dedication, work, and faith. We will assist you as you raise support.
Generous scholarship funds are available for students in need who participate passionately, work hard raising support, and make personal sacrifice.
LoveWorks is committed to walking with you when you return home. In many ways, the end of the trip is just the beginning. A short time serving and learning with our sisters and brothers in the global church may inspire a lifetime of commitment and calling.
Check out the invitations we received: 2017 Trip Descriptions
Ready to Apply? Get started: Application Process
Find out how to support our LoveWorks Programs: Donor Information
Support specific summer missions here: Secure LoveWorks donation site
Volunteer Leader Application Information
Interested in co-leading a LoveWorks trip?
Find out how to get involved: Leader Process
Information for Parents & Families
A letter for LoveWorks parents and families from the Director of International Ministries: