This is an opportunity to use what you've learned in YAV, MVS, Mission Year, or other year long mission service programs to discern God's call on your life to urban ministry as your vocation and transition into a servant leader. It is also a time of transition from honoring your year previously and embracing what is next in your journey. DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) is a program designed to help inform, educate, challenge, and motivate individuals to respond to the issues and concerns facing urban America. DOOR exists to challenge individuals to consider ministry and service of a daily part of their life.
Are you ready to
- Take your knowledge to the next level?
- Moved to work with multi-cultural, multi-racial, urban people?
- Continue discerning God's call in your life to urban ministry?
- Intern in a position to test that call?
- Experience this time in your journey with other committed participants?
Preparation for a lifetime of sustainable urban ministryProgram Highlights
The Second Year program is for individuals who have completed a year with a partnered program. It has the same community components and expectations for work.
- Responsibilities include a higher level of leadership, at placement and potentially in the community house
- Assigned mentors will focus on refining the call to urban ministry/leadership
- Curriculum is geared towards an “independent study” model
Individuals will develop leadership skills while working in a community agency/church. All placements are positions of leadership, whether it is being an associate pastor, leading a youth group, directing an after-school program, or running the mail program at the homeless shelter. These are positions for candidates that are self starters with initiative. Leadership will mean, identifying the needs, planning the solution and implementing the plan.
DWELL will connect candidates to the social service network in the city, to serve the community, to assist the ministries of the local church and social service network, and in the process form communities of young adults across the city, who are dedicated to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Candidates will be interviewed and placed with agencies and ministries based on the need of the local ministry and the gifts and talents of the candidate. After arriving Sept. 1, the first two weeks are set aside for orientation, tours, reading, settling in. Interns will serve in their ministry placement an average of 32 hours a week. They will meet together as a team one day a week for directed study, prayer, training, or living issues. Twice a month they will meet together with the other teams for worship and fellowship. Four retreats are taken throughout the year. The program has four major components:
- SERVICE - To the ministry placement, to the other interns, to the neighbors.
- COMMUNITY - Interns will live in a common household with 3-5 other diverse young adults, work with households of other mission interns, worship with other local young adults, relate to the neighborhood and the surrounding areas.
- RELATIONAL IMPACT - Relationships will be developed with people from the community in which they live and experience the joys and difficulties of cross-cultural friendships and through which lives are transformed.
- SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES - Volunteers will experience regular group Bible study, worship, and guided reflection. Each volunteer with be matched to a local pastor as a personal mentor and friend. Volunteers will explore the discipline of simplicity.
DOOR will provide housing, utilities, groceries, public transportation pass, retreats throughout the year, a monthly stipend and health insurance. Upon completion of service volunteers are eligible for grants for partial payments of student loans and moving expenses. Volunteers will be expected to raise support of $4000 and to communicate their experience to their home church and supporting networks.Period of Service
One year (Sept. 1 through Mid- August)Application
Register now for your Second Year. You will fill out this application as well as submit a reference and your original application from your previous mission service program. If your original application cannot be submitted, DOOR partners with two denominations that provide the HR process to which you’ll apply.
If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk to someone, contact Heidi Aspinwall at:786-261-3667 or Heidi@DOORnetwork.org