Serve nine months locally
Are you eager to make a difference in a local community?
Ready for quality discipleship training?
Advance offers an opportunity to connect and grow with other young adults in a learning cohort while participating in cross-cultural community outreach in one of five U.S. cities in the Northeast.
What is Advance?
Hear from a recent Advance participant!
No need to travel around the world —
opportunities for cross-cultural ministry are frequently available in your own backyard.
Jump in and learn how to be a blessing to immigrants and refugees close to home.
Learn valuable discipleship training skills along with a team of mission-oriented young adults!
Tell me more!
Advance runs from September through May. It begins with a week of discipleship training in a community setting with other young adults. Each individual will be connected to a ministry or non-profit that fits their personal interests and gifts in which they will serve in an intern-like capacity to engage and learn through practical, hands-on experience, as well as receiving one-on-one mentoring and discipleship. Each month, participants will regroup for a day of discipleship training and community building, to discuss learnings and how to put things into practice in outreach. The program concludes with an extended time of debriefing for the cohort.
Can I do Advance part-time?
Outreach options include full-time, part-time, and flexible schedule opportunities.
What do the training days look like?
A typical training day runs from 9 am to 3 pm and involves teaching, discussion, prayer, and frequently, new, hand-ons ministry or learning experiences.
How much does it cost?
Cost for Advance is a flat rate of $950 plus any variable add-ons you may choose, such as transportation or housing provisions. The first five applicants get a $50 discount. Scholarships are also available for those who require financial assistance to participate in the program.
What does the outreach look like?
Outreach opportunities may involve children’s ministry, tutoring English language learners, working with immigrants and refugees, one-on-one discipleship, engaging with unreached people groups who live in the U.S., and/or videography. Specific outreach(es) will be arranged based on each individual’s interests, gifting, and availability.
Ready to apply?
Eastern Mennonite Missions
PO Box 8617, Lancaster, PA 17604-8617 US • 450 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3010 US
toll-free: +1 (844) 891-3939 • phone: (717) 898-2251 • fax: (717) 898-8092
office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST