Engaging young adults in the mission of Christ through the Community of the church in the diversity of Culture.
Engage God’s mission already present and active.
Embrace multiple urban and rural contexts with the local church.
Experience the diversity of people and places across the region.
Youth in Mission has been sending teams of young adults from the USA and Canada Nazarene Colleges/Universities to the far reaches of the globe for participating in missions since the 1960s. YIM alumni are found across the world engaging in various vocations.
Over the years, our Nazarene Universities and Colleges have created effective programs, equipping and sending Mission teams to a variety of inter-cultural settings. YIM partners and draws on their experiences to share with the majority of Nazarene young adults seeking God’s direction and vocational preparation as they explore serving in urban and rural inter-cultural situations outside the context of Nazarene higher education.
Hubs of Compassion
Mission among resettled refugees with Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center leaders in Cactus! The shocking diversity of 17 different people groups and 20 different languages will reveal highly relational inter-cultural mission opportunities while leading kid’s day camps, helping distribute food resources, walking the neighborhoods, and hosting short-term mission teams. www.cactusministries.org
Indianapolis is Youth In Mission’s host location for Training and ReEntry Camps in partnership with Shepherd Community Center. Indy will be the location for General Assembly in June of 2017. YiM will be offering a June 1 month option in Indianapolis and a 2.5 Week General Missioner option during General Assembly. YiMers missioning for the month of June will join Shepherd’s continuum of care initiative in the Near Eastside neighborhoods through local work projects, garden development, and food distribution. During General Assembly June YiMers and General Missioners will serve as relational guides for Nazarene international delegations staying in downtown. www.shepherdcommunity.org
Philly First Nazarene and Front Step partner together in Mission to Philadelphia and are leading the way on the Philadelphia District with a dynamic urban ministry in the midst of the city. Through kids basketball and Vacation Bible School day camps in one of the only green spaces in their neighborhood and youth basketball clinics in Stenton Park they are joining God’s mission of sharing hope through relationship. YiMers help plan and facilitate the day camps. They will also come alongside other interns to host short-term groups throughout the summer. www.phillyfirst.org
The Mosaic Community Coffee house in the Wallingford neighborhood has been home base for the YIM team missioning in Seattle as they seek to serves all aspects of the neighborhood with special emphasis on the disenfranchised. Partnered with local churches and organizations a part of the Northwest Compassion Alliance participants will experience the eclectic and diverse cultures of the greater Seattle area as they serve among multiple economic demographics contexts. Mission activities may include: Family Works – helping in food pantry distribution and collection.
Street youth Ministries – helping with activities.
Teen Feed – helping with a meal
Roots – youth shelter. Work day help.
Each weekend YiMers will be hosted by a neighboring Church of the Nazarene experiencing ministry in a different setting. www.ncanorthwest.org www.mosaiccoffeehouse.com
There are 35 Nazarene churches in this mission area. A YiM team in the Navajo Nation will be led in partnership with Nazarene church leaders who embody the gospel through their contexts and love their communities in the hope of Jesus. Housed in Dilkon, AZ at the District office YiMers joining mission here will participate in various kids, youth, and adult local ministry, local gym outreach, and assist in hosting short-term groups. While developing cross-cultural friendships in Christ YiMers will also enjoy the beauty of this land. www.snadnaz.org
San Antonio will be the mission hub from where the YIM team members will mission alongside district churches. Activities will include immersion in local hispanic ministry, outreach, vacation bible school, ministry with the disabled, youth activities, camps, and generous amounts of hospitality! YiM participants will come along side specific local nazarene churches to help host neighborhood kids club activities and vacation bible school. Leading music, bible studies, games, sports, speaking, both for children and teens will be some of their main roles. There will also be opportunity to become involved in outreach programs with different local churches. YiMers missioning here will eat really well and gain insights specific to ministry from a Spanish speaking and Latin perspective within the Nazarene church.
Ministry leaders in North County St. Louis are missioning among those engaged in headline news coverage with some of the most critical social issues of our times. YiM participants will join Trinity Church leaders in hosting relational day camps for neighborhood kids. Activities will include: meals, tutoring, sports, arts, and field trips. YiMers missioning here will experience the most diverse area in all of St. Louis. Not only ethnically and culturally but also economically. There is a large population of Muslims and a growing number of Spanish speaking residents with a large population of black and white residents. www.stltrinitychurch.net
The Southwest Oklahoma District Nazarene churches collaborate with multiple Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in the Oklahoma City area. The YiM team here has been hosted by Reach Our City and been immersed among the poor and a variety of cultures in the communities including Native American and Asian. Mission Activities include: food banks, outreach ministries in the community, thrift store volunteering, kid’s camp, youth ministry, children’s church, building neighborhood relationships and be present in the community. www.reachingourcity.org
East Toledo Family Center is a campus location for Hope Community Church, sought out by local resourcing organizations because of their relationships with their neighbors as they live into the need of their context. YiM participants here have assisted with developing church planting strategies by hosting activity trailers in specific neighborhoods. Navigating across economic cultural contexts, learning from local church planters, and investing relationally in the local neighborhood are a few of the activities and perspectives YiMers will experience. http://hopecommunity.tv