Mission Year

Religious Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Address

1827 S. Hamlin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623

Phone

(888) 340-YEAR

Overview

Mission Year is a year long program where Christian young people live in an urban neighborhood volunteering, worshiping, and loving their neighbors. It’s an opportunity for anyone 18-29, single or married, to spend a year following Jesus’ command to “Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.” By partnering with a local church, volunteering at a service site, and spending time with neighbors, Mission Year Team Members effectively impact their communities while catching a deeper vision for what the Kingdom of God is like.

As a Mission Year team member, you will spend four days a week volunteering with a local community organization. Friday is set aside as a “Sabbath” day to rest, explore the city, and do what brings you life. Saturdays are neighborhood outreach days to connect with neighbors organically and invite people to the house for hospitality dinners.

Mission Year’s 8 core values are: personal discipleship, intentional community, community service, church partnership, neighborhood engagement, simplicity, diversity, and justice.

Mission Year is very neighborhood focused.  You live, work, go to church, and serve in the same urban neighborhood.  Your goal for the year is to become part of the life of the neighborhood and invest yourself fully in its restoration by building authentic relationships, using your gifts and skills to meet holistic needs, and becoming advocates for justice and long-term change.

Application Deadline

Rolling. November 15 – Early, Early Bird Deadline; March 15 – Early Bird Deadline; July 1 – Final Deadline

Program Term

September-July

Locations

Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia

Funding and Benefits

Stipend

Men are allotted a $60 per month and women $70 per month for personal spending.

Fundraising

All of our Team Members raise support to help cover their expenses for the year.

AmeriCorps Education Awards

No.

Loan Forbearance

Yes.

Other financial benefits

Team Members do not have additional financial responsibilities during the year.

Housing

Provided.

Intentional living community

Yes.

Board

Provided

Travel and Transportation

Yes, transportation costs within the city are covered, but transportation to and from the city site is not covered.

Health Insurance

Provided.

Other benefits

Also, a partnership with Eastern University allows students to get undergraduate and graduate level credit by completing our program. There is also a 30% discount on graduate classes after completing the program.  Graduate programs include MA in International Development, MBA in Economic Development, MA in Urban Studies with concentration in Community Development, Community Arts or Youth Development, and MTS in Public Policy.

Mission and Distinctives

Values

  • Relationships: Building deep relationships based on trust and respect with your neighbors, seeking practical ways to show Christian love.
  • Diversity: Fighting homogeneity, resisting segregation and building bridges between dividing lines of race and class.
  • Community Living: Sharing life in community with a supportive team of other Christians in an urban neighborhood.
  • Community Service: Volunteering 25-30 hours a week at a social service agency that’s providing vital resources to the poor.
  • Discipleship: Drawing close to God by spending time deepening your own walk with Christ and developing spiritual disciplines.
  • Church Partnership: Supporting God’s work in the city by partnering with a dynamic local church that’s engaging the community.
  • Social Justice: Seeking justice by learning to identify disparities in power and working creatively to bring resolution.
  • Simplicity: Living life without excess to better care for your neighbors and the environment around you.

Philosophy of Ministry

  • We are Jesus-centered in our theology and practice. (John 12:32)
  • We believe in an incarnational & relational approach to ministry. (John 1; Phil. 2:5-7)
  • We value the ethnic and cultural differences of the body of Christ. (Col. 3-11; Rev. 7:9)
  • We believe that the neighborhood comes first. Therefore, we will seek the interests of our neighbors before our own. (Matt. 6:33; Phil. 2:3-4)
  • We respect and partner with indigenous people, churches, organizations and neighborhoods. (Gen. 1:26-27)
  • We seek to do justice and love mercy because Jesus’ special concern for the poor and oppressed. (Micah 6:8; Deut. 10:17-19; Deut. 15; Isaiah 58; Luke 4:14-21; James 1:27)

Mission Statement

As followers of Jesus, Mission Year Team Members work to advance the Kingdom of God by loving their neighbors.

Mission Question

In this moment, how can I best love both God and people?

Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences

Vision

Imagine the city the way God wants it to be. No more poverty. No more injustice. Every person matters. Now imagine a handful of young people moving into a house in the city, working to make this a reality.

People who seek out their neighbors, learn from them, listen to their needs, and pray with them over and over. People who work hard to love others the way Jesus loves. People who stay long enough to become true friends.

Imagine those young people living simply, setting aside material comforts for the sake of spiritual growth and loving relationships.

Imagine that house becoming a safe place in the neighborhood where people see the gospel lived out, alive and available to all.

Imagine them discussing good books (they have no television), integrating faith with real life, learning how to get along, and embracing the values of the Kingdom of God. For a whole year.

Imagine each individual devoting each day to God, then going out to do what God says. Partnering with social service agencies and local churches who are working towards the same goal. Offering compassion and working for justice.

Can you see what happens? That household makes a difference in the neighborhood, and the neighborhood makes a difference in return. The living gospel transforms – or at least uplifts – everything and everyone it touches. The Kingdom of God advances.

Now, finally, imagine all of that a thousand times over, and you have the vision of Mission Year.

Requirements

Applicant must be between the ages of 18-29.

Religious

Have a desire to follow Jesus by loving God and loving people.

Can a non-believer feel welcome and accepted? Makes most sense for people who identify as Christian to participate, but all are welcome to apply.