Mission Inns are an exciting new movement of predominantly congregation-based mission destinations emerging across the country. All Mission Inns focus on hospitality, providing a great location for overnight mission groups. Some Mission Inns coordinate the work that your Mission Team will perform. Others make referrals to local service agencies within their community. The service of mission teams with these inns is typically part labor, part educational, and part relationship building. It is all led by a faithful response to God’s call to serve.
Are you seeking a hands-on mission opportunity for your youth, young adult, college or inter-generational group but not sure where to start or how to plan such a big project? Union Avenue Christian Church hosts its own year-round Urban Mission Inn – dedicated space within our inner-city St. Louis church, designed to house 20+ people who have come to the inner city for mission work (or those groups who are passing through St. Louis on their way to do hands-on volunteer mission elsewhere and need a “port in the storm”).
Thanks to a unique collaboration between The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, service camps help to restore hope and stability to the community by rehabbing the homes of senior citizens, as well as equipping the church building for its ministry. Some service camps make a huge difference by providing a Vacation Bible School for the low-income children who never have enough to do during the long summer break.
Hiram Farm: Offers groups access to housing on Hiram College’s campus and coordination of volunteer service at Hiram Farm and with area non-profits.
Project/Focus: Volunteers will be scheduled work primarily at Hiram Farm (organic farm serving adults w– autism), but may also volunteer with one of our other community non-profit partner agencies: Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary (serving abused and neglected farm animals); Hiram College’s 500 acre field station (land conservation); the Little Village Early Learning Center; or the Cleveland Christian Home (serves youth struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect).
Ridglea Christian Church offers structured mission weeks around several themes. These are great serving & learning opportunities as mission groups serve, engage, and reflect on issues related to their theme for the week.
Christian Temple in Baltimore is open for mission teams and connected with various community ministries to engage mission teams of all ages.
The newest expansion of mission in the Michigan Region, Frankfort is now open to host mission teams in partnership with local service organizations. Potential partners include Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Grow Benzie, and Benzie Senior Resources. Lodging is at the Crystal Conference Center on Crystal Lake, when available, or in area churches.
Gospel in Action Detroit began as a conversation between two Disciples pastors, one serving in the city of Detroit and the other serving in the suburbs. There has long been a disconnect between the city and the suburbs, but these two pastors had a dream that their congregations could find ways of partnering so that bridges might be built and ministry could be done in the Detroit area. The work projects range from picking up trash to weatherization projects to painting porches. We’re praying that this ministry will continue to expand so that lives might be transformed one house at a time!
Long-time ecumenical partner Epworth Project (formerly Northshore Disaster Recovery) continues to help people in southeast Louisiana affected by disaster. This ministry began as a response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In August 2012, Slidell and a number of other communities in southeast Louisiana were hit hard by the wind and resulting floods of Hurricane Isaac. Epworth quickly sprang into action. Despite leaving tens of thousands of people homeless, Hurricane Isaac was quickly forgotten by the media. Mission Teams are needed now more than ever to travel to Slidell and partner in the recovery effort.
In partnership with Epworth Project, First Christian Church, Slidell provides housing for Disciples mission teams. This Mission Station can house up to 20 people age 14 and older each week. People will need to bring their own air mattresses and bedding. Meals are on your own; kitchen space and showers are on site. To schedule a mission trip with housing at First Christian Church, please contact Epworth Project to register your team. Then, you will be contacted by the Epworth Project Volunteer Coordinator to confirm your team’s registration. The Volunteer Coordinator will also provide contact information for First Christian Church, Slidell, so that you can arrange your group’s housing.
Registration and other helpful information is available at Epworth Project’s web-site.