Mission Year

One Year Can Change Everything!

Mission Year One (MY1)

MY1 is an entry point into a lifestyle of loving God and loving people that will provide you with the opportunity to become part of the life of an urban neighborhood in Chicago, Philadelphia, or Houston for one year.

Mission Year invites you into the process of becoming the person you have always dreamt of being.

You are invited to pursue 8 core values that will transform you and the city:

  • Faith
  • Service
  • Partnership
  • Solidarity
  • Community
  • Neighborhood
  • Diversity
  • Justice

In MY1 you will:

  • • Come alongside what God is doing in the city by partnering with local churches, organizations, leaders, activists, and neighbors who are transforming their communities.
  • • Live as neighbors and share life together in community with a team of Christians.
  • • Devote 32 hours a week in holistic professional service to those most in need.
  • • Become active in a local church and deepen your relationship with God.
  • • Embrace a life of simplicity to enter more fully into solidarity with your neighbors.
  • • Work for justice by loving your neighbors as yourself and advocating for change in the neighborhood and world.

Mission Year Two (MY2)

MY2 is a second year program for those who completed MY1 and want to deepen their love and commitment to the city, deepen their relationship with God and their neighbors, and continue the journey of becoming an advocate for justice in the world. You must complete MY1 to apply for MY2


“I have grown in so many ways. Spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and professionally. I have gained communication skills, interpersonal skills, I have more compassion and love for others.” Alicia Henry -MY1

“Living in an urban neighborhood and spending time with our neighbors has made me more attuned to the struggles our neighbors face. It’s made me more motivated to shape my life around compassionate service because I’ve come to see it as an integral part of my call as a follower of Christ. Mary Bingham -MY1

“This journey has been a learning experience of a lifetime, preparing me for the path that God has for me and teaching me to truly love God and love people. I have cried, laughed, made friends, neighbors and great memories. I wouldn’t trade the experience at all.” Heather Chappell -MY2

Lena's Story

Lena’s Story | How Mission Year changed a perspective on community

Jenelle's Story

Jenelle’s Story | How Mission Year deepened a passion for justice

Demyron's Story

Demyron’s Story | How Mission Year supported a calling in ministry

Dawson's Story

Dawson’s Story | How Mission Year revealed new opportunities after school

Ruth's Story

Ruth’s Story | How Mission Year connected a career with a passion

Nate and Zeny's Story

Nate and Zeny’s Story | How Mission Year influenced their marriage and purpose

Weekly Schedule

Your weekly schedule revolves around rhythms of life that enable you to better love God, love people, and live out justice.

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Mission Year will equip you to be an advocate for God’s justice and peace in the city.

What areas of justice do you address?

We work in areas of education, homelessness, mentoring, arts, healthcare, legal aid, human trafficking, food justice, youth violence, immigration, community development, and public policy to give hope and bring about lasting change in our communities.

What is justice?

Justice is loving our neighbors in all the ways we love ourselves (spiritually, physically, emotionally, academically, socially, economically). Justice means entering into solidarity with those who suffer and interrupting the systems that steal, kill, and destroy human life. Justice is the way God intends for the world to be, it’s everyone sharing in God’s abundant life.

Why do you emphasize justice?

We are involved in justice work because:

  1. God has a heart for justice. “For I, the Lord, love justice.” Isaiah 61:8
  2. God desires justice for humanity. “But let justice flood like a river and righteousness like a never ending stream.” Amos 5:24
  3. God calls us to do justly. “You know what the Lord requires of you, but to ‘Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
  4. Justice is one of the best ways to love our neighbors. “But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him—how can God’s love be within him? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” 1 John 3:17-18

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