Disciples Volunteering continues to Call, Connect, Equip, and Send Servants and the Church for Service with the Community. Disciples serving community move from volunteer to servant to neighbor to friend as we Get Dirty for Jesus together.
Each year, young adults are called to serve as Summer Mission Interns, providing leadership at a variety of mission destinations. What are you doing next summer?
Learn about other Young Adult Service Opportunities.
Long-term Volunteers are needed to support a variety of missions and service ministries. Contact Josh Baird for more information.
Disaster Recovery – Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
When Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding to the Texas coast (and beyond) in 2017, Disciples responded across the impact zone. It is difficult to overstate the size and scope of this disaster. The recovery will take years. For more information about the 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 (Discípulos de Cristo) in Puerto Rico. Through Programa Edifiquemos, they are ready to receive mission groups who travel as ambassadors to Puerto Rico to repair homes and learn from the people of Puerto Rico about life in this U.S. Territory. More information is at this Puerto Rico recovery page (or here en Español).
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, firstname.lastname@example.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. In 2017, parts of West Virginia were also flooded. West Virginia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has worked to ensure no community is left behind. 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 before making definitive plans.
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, email@example.com or 386-255-5510
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)