Serve nine months locally

Are you eager to make a difference in a local community?
Ready for quality discipleship training?

Advance Local offers an opportunity to connect and grow with other young adults in a learning cohort while participating in cross-cultural community outreach in the United States.

What is Advance?

Hear from a recent Advance participant!

International travel isn't the only way to serve God cross-culturally. We have opportunities like never before to bless the nations in our own communities. Jump in and learn while gaining valuable discipleship training skills with a team of mission-oriented young adults!

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What does training look like?

Deepen your relationship with Jesus and develop cross-cultural ministry skills during a 12-week residential training in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This training will include teaching, prayer, and community living with other young adults who are passionate for Jesus. Participants of both Advance Local and Advance Global will live at Immerse International and join in their multicultural community. Practical experience working with EMM’s Neighbors Community Center will provide participants with hands-on learning opportunities in cross-culture ministry and service.

What does the outreach look like?

Outreach opportunities include children’s ministry, tutoring English language learners, working with immigrants and refugees, one-on-one discipleship, and engaging with unreached people groups who live in the U.S. Participants will continue to receive one-on-one mentoring and discipleship from EMM staff. Specific outreach(es) will be arranged based on each individual’s interests, gifting, and availability.

How much does it cost?

The base cost for Advance Local is $4,500 which includes training, local travel, meals & housing during the September – December training phase. For fundraising purposes, an individual budget can be created to cover living expenses during the outreach phase (if necessary). Scholarships are available for those who require financial assistance.

Can I do Advance Local part-time?

The 12 weeks of training from September-December will feature a full schedule, so opportunities for other activities may be limited. The outreach phase from January through May can include full-time, part-time, and flexible schedule opportunities with an expectation of at least 10 hours of ministry per week. Contact us with specific scheduling questions.

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