A LOCAL INTERNSHIP (THAT DOESN’T STAY LOCAL)
As part of a six-month Servant Team, you will experience in-depth training in missional theology and community development in connection with hands-on service in both the city of Portland and overseas.
You will grow as an urban missional leader through a combination of place-based theological processing, daily missional liturgy, urban ministry, organizational internship, and cross-cultural experiences. You will also benefit from a robust reading list and corresponding reflection papers as well as exposure to seasoned missional leaders and Christian community development practitioners.
Choose one of three tracks based on which organization and field service location you are interested in:
Second Stories – Equips local people, churches, and community groups to serve the poor by facilitating a process of discovering their own capacities and creating solutions together. 2015 field service location: Low-income apartments in Portland, OR.
Lahash International – Partners with African churches to holistically care for vulnerable children. 2015 field service location: Dodoma, Tanzania.
Word Made Flesh – Come alongside a community of people called and committed to serving Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. 2015 field service locations: Bangkok, Thailand or Chisinau, Moldova.
Along the way you will laugh, cry, sweat, learn, and grow into a more alive follower of Jesus. You will hear tragic stories and encounter difficult and complex questions. You will experience the beauty of different cultures and various expressions of Christian faith. You will be stretched beyond what you thought was possible. And through it all, you will see God working redemption and hope, even in the bleakest of situations.
3 Months of Training & Local Internship:
During this phase all three tracks will join together in Portland, Oregon to engage in both academic and experience-based training. Facilitated by a diverse group of experienced leaders, this in-depth learning process includes reading, reflection, and group discussion along with field trips and missional engagement with local ministries. In addition to your training, you will join into the activities of the organization that corresponds to the track you’ve chosen. In preparation for your field service, you will serve and learn from that organization as an intern.
3 Months of International Field Service:
During this phase you and your Servant Team are sent out around the world to engage in hands-on ministry among the poor. Based on your particular track, your team will join others already on the field in a local or international location where you will continue learning from and serving alongside the vulnerable.
The monthly cost is approximately $1,000 per month plus airfare. To make this experience available for people from under-resourced communities, the cost is under-written according to each applicant’s particular situation. Participants will also engage in a communal process of raising monthly donations from their combined connections of family, churches, and friends.