Kingdom Team summer staff | Lancaster, Pa., and other urban settings, U.S.

  • Service term length or program: GO! Summer, Discipleship Team
  • Region of service: North America
  • Location: Lancaster, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Community development

Grow in leadership and discipleship skills while joining God's work during the summer Kingdom Team (K-Team) program for youth groups. Help to make disciples of Jesus while leading youth both in discipleship training and in service opportunities connecting with immigrant and refugee children in an urban setting. Preferred application deadline is March 1.

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Assignment dates: June 10 to August 10, 2020

Regional vision
EMM’s vision is to see everyone moving in mission, following God’s leading to share Him within their own unique contexts. EMM will continue to work for spiritual renewal in North America and partner with existing churches and networks as they engage in missions. We hope to foster deep and transformative movements of discipleship across this continent.

Responsibilities

Preparation and training

  • Prior to the start of the assignment, K-Staff members have the opportunity to engage in seven self-study modules, also used for short- and long-term mission training
  • K-Staff will have 2 ½ weeks of preparation before the first K-Team arrives. This preparation will focus on three main areas:
    • Leadership skills and team building
    • Launch, basic discipleship and mission training, also used for short- and long-term mission training
    • Logistical preparation (discipleship session and outreach planning) for K-Teams

Service

  • K-Staff members must be fully available Sunday evening through Friday afternoon each week. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon are generally free, with a few exceptions.
  • Prepare for and lead daily discipleship sessions and other weekly activities, with coaching from K-Team director.
  • Actively engage and lead youth in outreach activities. In Lancaster, K-Teams will primarily serve local immigrant and refugee children through an English language learning based summer program with the School District of Lancaster and other community partners. In Lebanon, K-Teams will primarily serve local community children through a summer park program with other local churches.
  • Mentor participants and youth leaders as opportunities present themselves.

Support

  • Summer staff will seek support and affirmation from family, friends, and church family.
    • Each summer staff member is asked to find at least five prayer partners who will commit to praying for them and their ministry this summer.
  • Room and board are provided for the duration of the assignment.
  • Summer staff will also receive a stipend of $150 per week, before taxes.

Environment
K-Staff will be based in Lancaster for training and the first four weeks of K-Teams and will move to Lebanon for the final two weeks of K-Teams. The city of Lancaster is a small multicultural center in the middle of a county whose economy is driven by Amish tourism and agriculture. Over the past decade, Lancaster has become a destination for refugees from many nations; this has significantly altered the demographics of the area. The city of Lebanon is less than an hour north of Lancaster and is about half the size of Lancaster City. Similarly, it is a diverse, urban center in a more conservative, agricultural-driven county. The climate has four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and cold, often snowy winters.

Supervisors and colleagues
K-Staff will live and work with the other K-Staff members as a team in a community setting. The team is supervised by the K-Team director. Together, they will work with six youth groups and their leaders over the course of the summer as well as leaders from the various K-Team partners.

Skills and experience
Must be a high school graduate to apply. Applicants should be able to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. A desire to serve Jesus and others is an important quality. Detail-oriented and flexible people with good public communication skills are likely to be a good fit.