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Host Short-term Mission Groups in Philadelphia!
CSM - City. Service. Mission
United States, Northern America
Customizable: Jan-Aug or Oct-Dec 2018
Lasts between 1 month to 5 months
Inner City/Urban Ministry, Internship/Study Abroad, Leadership Training, and Service Projects & Helps
*see notes below or inquire for details
Be a bridge to urban ministry in Philadelphia or in one of eleven North American cities where we have full-time staff! If you love youth and urban missions, this is the opportunity for you.Inquire About The Trip
What the Mission Trip Will Be Like
CSM provides students and adults with an effective urban ministry experience that transforms lives, influences local churches and honors Christ. We provide rural and suburban groups from a variety of Christian churches with a “bridge” to ministry opportunities in some of North America’s key urban centers. Since 1988, more than 122,000 young people and adults from over 7,000 churches, schools and other organizations have provided valuable assistance to inner-city churches and other ministries in urban Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Houston, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you are interested in youth ministry, you will have an extraordinary opportunity to observe and work with many youth workers and their groups over the course of your time with us. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to observe and work with a wide variety of urban ministries and organizations addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized while facilitating the visiting groups during their time in the city. Partner ministries include children's programs, food delivery, visiting with clients at homeless shelters, and visiting seniors and shut-ins, just to name a few. A CSM host helps to "bridge the gap" between suburban/rural people and city people. The city host also leads discussion/reflection sessions at the end of each day to help the participants begin to process their experiences.
Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals
The CSM experience is a partnership with well-established local ministries. Over time, the youth and adult groups provide ongoing service in these often marginalized neighborhoods. You become an important link in the continuation of these vital ministries. Each year, CSM provides more than 300,000 hours of volunteer work to these ministries across North America.
Participant Information, Recommendations, Requirements
College and Adult
Eligible to Go
US citizen or legal worker (we do NOT participate in work and travel programs);
First Aid and CPR certification;
At least 18 years old, but we prefer at least one year of college or university experience;
Excellent people and leadership skills, desire to be a servant and learner, flexible;
You must love Jesus and want to serve Him.
English; Spanish is often helpful
Approximate start dates:
Jan/Feb in some cities;
May in all cities;
October 1 in some cities.
Mission Trip Offered By CSM - City. Service. Mission
CSM provides effective urban missions experiences that transform lives, influence local churches and honors Christ. CSM helps rural and suburban youth, college and adult groups from a variety of Christian churches build a bridge to ministry opportunities in some of North America’s key urban centers. Since 1988, more than 67,000 young people and adults from almost 4,000 churches, schools and other organizations have provided valuable assistance to urban churches and other ministries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Nashville, New York City, Washington D.C., Houston, and Denver.
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Mission Trip Details
- United States
- Northern America
- Philadelphia, PA
- Start date
- Customizable: Jan-Aug or Oct-Dec 2018
- 1 month to 5 months
Demographics of People Being Ministered To
- People Group(s)
- Funds needed
- *see notes below or inquire for details
- CSM Provides:
Housing, usually at the same place where the groups stay;
Food while you are hosting groups (there will be some times when you will want to buy your own food or snacks on your days off);
Training, supervision by our full-time staff;
$800 per month
Training and Debriefing
- Pre-field Training
- Post-field Debrief
- Training and ongoing supervision is provided by our full-time staff in each of our cities. For those starting in May, the initial 10 day training period is designed to give you the confidence to lead groups throughout the city - whether you're brand new to the area or a native.
- How to apply
- Send an inquiry for details on the application process for this mission trip.