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 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.
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.
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 has been beset by disasters; major hurricanes have impacted the state in 2016 (Matthew), 2017 (Irma and Maria), and 2018 (Michael). 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.
Daytona, FL – contact David Heald, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
This is a growing network of Disciples congregations which provide housing, sometimes meals, 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|
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)