Lay Volunteer Opportunities
This month's "Seeds" focuses on voluntary service programs. Each one here is open to all Christians regardless of denominational affiliation. Educational and age requirements for these programs vary. The programs cover living expenses and pay a small stipend (with the exception of the Discipleship Year and some of Eastern Mennonite Missions' programs, which may require some personal fund raising).
These programs offer volunteer positions including advocacy, teaching, community organizing and development, and work with the homeless, mentally ill, elderly, children, refugees, prisoners, and persons with AIDS.
The Discipleship Year
The Discipleship Year invites women and men to participate in a yearlong residential program of theological education and service steeped in the collective resources and experiences available through various Church of the Saviour ministries.
For 30 years the ecumenical Church of the Saviour has worked in inner-city Washington, D.C., creating a variety of active community ministries. The Discipleship Year represents a creative partnership between the church's Servant Leadership School and Jubilee Ministries, where each disciple will serve in one of eight distinct non-profit agencies that address the needs of the inner-city poor.
The Discipleship Year begins in early September and extends through mid-August. For more information contact The Servant Leadership School, 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-7312.
Urban Servant Corps