Community worker | Queens, N.Y., U.S.

  • Service term length or program: GO! Summer
  • Region of service: North America
  • Location: Queens, N.Y., U.S.
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Community development

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Assist and/or direct community summer programs at Immanuel Community Church (ICC) and Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA) in New York City, including VBS, daily enrichment, tutoring programs for children, and a sports program. Disciple youth and expand/develop a computer lab and ESL programs. Assist with a food pantry, clothing ministry, and prayer station outreaches.Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus.

Responsibilities

The community worker will assist with community summer programs of ICC and MHNA, such as:

  • Daily community enrichment and tutoring programs for children
  • Expanding/developing a computer lab and ESL programs
  • Coordinating a sports program
  • Assisting food pantry and prayer station outreaches
  • Assisting in discipling youth

GO! Summer is a two-month mission exposure program for adults (ages 18 and older) and families. Participate in two weeks of discipleship training in Lancaster, Pa., before heading to an outreach location for six weeks. Then finish with a week of re-entry training to process your experience and help you put down roots for a continued deeper life with Jesus. GO! summer includes local and international opportunities.

Environment
Flushing, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, is a hardworking immigrant community of many cultures and religions. The predominant immigrant populations are Chinese, Korean, and Central American. The majority are non-English speakers who often work long hours in order to meet the neighborhood’s high costs of living and pursue the American Dream. Children and youth from immigrant families are often pressured to pursue academic success and are enrolled in after-school learning centers. This creates both challenges and opportunities for reaching whole families for Christ.

Flushing is an older urban community that continues to undergo radical residential and commercial redevelopment. The trend is toward higher density and congestion. Small businesses, including many ethnic restaurants, are thriving in Flushing. Its unique variety of religious centers makes Flushing an ideal location for global missions.

Flushing has an excellent public transportation system that connects to the five boroughs of NYC (cars are not a necessity). The downtown Main Street area bustles as a major transportation hub in the Queens borough. The population of Queens is so high that if it stood alone as a city, it would be the fifth-largest in the U.S.

Supervisors and colleagues
Participants will work with staff and members of ICC and MHNA, as well as many people from the local community. They’ll be supervised by Pastor Mark Perri and MHNA Program Director Jeryl Zimmerman. They’ll also have regular check-ins with EMM's discipleship and training coach.

Skills and experience
Applicants must be high school graduates. They should be flexible and creative, be able to receive constructive feedback, and have a desire to see others grow.