Essentially the DOOR- Dwell component is a way in which young adults can live and serve in an intentional Christian community. In every city our Dwell teams are Intentional Christian Communities. In some cities those units may be slightly older on average like in Atlanta's Grant Park. In some cities those units may have something of a theme, like in Chicago- Systematic Change or in Miami- Migrant Farmworking Care. But most units will include people that are from the city and are not from the city. All units will include service, prayer, study, common living, sharing expenses, reflection.
Many people are talking about "Intentional Communities." Some know about this movement because of author Shane Claiborne and the community he is a part of, the Simple Way in Philadelphia. Others know of New Monastiscism as it is discussed in several books and online blogs and sites. Others think of the 'hippy' communes of the late 60s and 70s. Still others may have experienced a college 'dorm' or living situation in which an intentional community was formed by a campus ministry function or even an academic house.
DOOR's Dwell in every city is an opportunity to live together with other Christian young adults to serve, reflect, learn and worship. Some come to these units from outside the city. They desire to move to the city, seek to be placed in a ministry or agency in need of the volunteer's skills. Others are from the city itself but desire to live and serve together in the city. "Locals" may already have jobs or school responsibilities but desire to live those out in the context of a praying, serving and worshipping community.
Dwell provides a covering and structure. Many intentional communities started by a small group of people lack structure other than the leadership of a single attractive personality. Often such units disintegrate when that one personality is no longer involved. In other communities the length of commitment can be problematic and replacing community members is often a struggle. Dwell provides a loose enough structure so that participants can form their desires together, shape the ministries each team wants to engage in and set the covenant by which the community with adhere. Yet DOOR Dwell provides a solid covering to obtain leases, utilities and manage the finances but also help to coordinate participation, partner agencies and the furniture and tools used by the house.
All members are asked to make a commitment of one year at a time. The community starts a fresh each Sept 1. All community members contribute financially, as well as with their own gifts and skills- Essentially time, talent and treasure.
If you are interested in living together, serving with other young adults, growing your faith in the garden of the city, apply for Dwell now. Applications are being accepted now.
**If you already live in the city of choice- Local Application
**If you wish to move to the city of choice- Traditional Ap
Locals should apply as soon as possible but should have started their conversation with the City Director by May 1.
For participants wishing to move to the city:
To have the greatest consideration for the city of your preference, you should apply by April 1. Applying by May 15 you will be considered for all city's available and will be placed according to best match of your skills and interests to the positions and needs of the city's. If you apply by July 1 you will be considered for remaining positions only.