Shaping Servant Leaders

Each year, Summer Mission Interns are called to serve in leadership at a variety of mission destinations. Applications are being accepted – apply today!

Long-term Volunteers are needed to support a variety of missions and service ministries. Training for on-site leaders will take place in April 2018. Contact Josh Baird for more information.

Sending Teams in Mission

Disaster Recovery – Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico

Disciples Volunteering is supporting response efforts in Texas across the Harvey-impact area and planning for the long term. It is difficult to overstate the size and scope of this disaster. For more information about the unfolding response to Hurricane Harvey, visit this Texas Recovery page. In partnership with Week of Compassion and the disaster ministries of Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ, Disciples Volunteering is serving with the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the latest on mission needs, visit this USVI Recovery page. Many general ministries and local congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) continue to support out brothers and sisters in the Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) in Puerto Rico. Plans are proceeding to enable mission groups to travel as ambassadors to Puerto Rico, serving on home repairs and learning from the people of Puerto Rico about life in this U.S. Territory. As soon as details are finalized for receiving and hosting mission groups, the information will be posted here.

A number of other communities also stand ready to receive your mission team and put them to work. Over the past two years, a significant number of disasters did not make lasting headlines; alongside the needs in Texas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, please consider sending a team to one of the following communities.

Van Buren, Missouri

Thirty-three counties across southern Missouri received a federal disaster declaration following flooding in the spring of 2017. This was a major flood event that was quickly forgotten by national media. Catholic Charities in Missouri is coordinating logistics for mission teams who can come and help. Work is currently available in Van Buren, MO; as the recovery advances, teams will be sent into other parts of the state. Catholic Charities is flexible on their age limits – if you have younger youth, please check with Jill before making definitive plans.

Southern Missouri – contact Jill Bryant, jbryant@ccsomo.org or 417-720-4213

Clay County, West Virginia

West Virginia experienced catastrophic flooding in 2016. Initial recovery efforts were strong in many parts of the state; however, the remote nature of some flooded communities and the logistical challenges for housing mission teams meant that the initial recovery efforts stalled in some places. West Virginia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has worked to ensure no community is left behind. Clay County is ready to put your mission team to work. The team leader from an Indiana congregation that recently served in Clay County reported, “Out of the many places we have been over the years, I believe this location has the biggest amount of needs.” West Virginia VOAD is flexible on their age limits – if you have younger youth, please check with Frank before making definitive plans.

West Virginia – contact Frank Cayton, frankcayton@wvvoad.org or 304-928-1564

Daytona, Florida

Florida was in the news last fall thanks to Hurricane Irma. Unfortunately, it was quickly overshadowed by Hurricane Maria. The Atlantic coast was also strafed in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. First Christian Church, Daytona, has been involved in disaster recovery work, with a few breaks here and there, since 2001. After Hurricane Matthew, they again became active with a county-wide long-term recovery group which needs mission teams now to perform repairs following Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Because this recovery group was up and running, they have been among the first to begin repairs on homes damaged by Irma. You can help the hundreds of home-owners who need assistance to complete their recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

Daytona, FL – contact David Heald, opsmgr@floridavind.org or 386-255-5510

Mission Partners

Other Mission Opportunities exist through these partners. Click on each link to learn more.

Disciples Mission Centers – a network of community-serving mission destinations across the country

Mission Inns – a growing network of Disciples congregations which provide the housing and connections for your Mission Trip

Urban Mission Inn Union Avenue Christian Church, St. Louis MO
Blue Theology The Christian Church of Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove, CA
Connect Fort Worth  Ridglea Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX
Hiram Farm Hiram, OH
North Street Mission – Trinity UCC Wooster, OH
Wilkinsburg Christian Church Wilkinsburg, PA
Christian Temple Baltimore, MD
First Christian Church Slidell, LA
South Joplin Christian Church Joplin, MO (hospitality station)

Society of St. Andrew – leading others into lives of Christian community and service, primarily around issues of food security (year round)

Reach Beyond Mission – providing challenging and meaningful short-term mission experiences, moving youth toward making a long-term difference (spring break and summer)

Disciples Summer Mission – for youth groups looking to dive into mission via a large group experience (summer)