|DOOR believes that service is a lifestyle and not just a short term experience. For couples wishing to serve together, we have Married Dwell. The Married Dwell program engages married couples in service as they live with one to two other married couples. Couples will participate in household Bible/book studies and interact with other Dwell participants. Should you be interested in a particular city, please inquire with the Director of Volunteers, Heidi Aspinwall, Heidi@DOORnetwork.org|
Specifics of our program tuned for married couples
- You can serve in any of the DOOR cities as a married couple. In interviews you'll have ample space to decide if housing is suitable and if placements are well matched for both of your gifts and skills.
- Married couples wishing to be a part of the Dwell program must both complete an application and submit the needed references.
- Interviews are conducted individually and as a couple.
- We do not place couples together to work at the same local placement (work site.)
- Married couples will live together with other married participants. Each couple will have their own room and most often their own bathroom. Couples will share common living space (living room, kitchen, etc.)
- Couples are expected to take time to spend with their spouses apart from the other couples living in the house as well as engage with other members in the community.
- Couples will be mentored by a local married couple.
- We believe that sex is an integral part of how God designed marriage. We ask that each couple use a reliable method of birth control while in the Dwell program. While DOOR is family friendly, the health insurance provided has little benefits for prenatal care. We ask that couples wait to have children until after the year is complete.
- Both spouses are part of the Dwell program as such both are expected to raise the required funds.
Other program highlights you will find in the city program description. Both members of the couple will apply. Couples must already be married and had a period of life together before serving in our program. Couples should also note that this program is not a marriage counseling program. Couples should enter into mission service in a strong relationship. Just as mission service in any time of life will stretch an individual to the breaking and molding point, also it will stretch a couple’s relationship. Both members of the family must be ready and completely engaged to work through these times seeking God’s calling and grace as the growth is experienced.
BENEFITS – As with the singles program, DWELL will provide housing, utilities, groceries, public transportation pass, four retreats throughout the year, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. Volunteers will each be expected to raise support of about $6000 each and to report their experience to their home networks of support. (Actually the amount varies from city to city and varies whether or not you are working at a professional, personally obtained position or placed into a local agency/ ministry by our program.)
PERIOD OF SERVICE - One year (beginning of September through middle of August)
If you are interested or if you have questions, contact Heidi Aspinwall: 786-261-3667 or Heidi@DOORnetwork.org
DWELL provides a curriculum that brings together a diverse collection of books, articles, and movies that participants read and discuss on a weekly basis throughout the year. The goal of our curriculum is to expose participants to a variety of perspectives on a variety of subjects, ranging from interpersonal relationships to social justice to spiritual growth. Selections for the married participants may include: Celebration of the Disciplined Life, Power Sex and Money by Richard Foster, Safe Haven Marriage by Thurman, Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoefer, and Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen.