Sunday, June 2 - sunday, July 28, 2019
Here in KC, we are all about helping you clarify your calling, through:
You will spend 30-40 hours each week working alongside and building relationships with local youth, serving with them on important social entrepreneurship projects and as they run Snack Shack KC. Snack Shack is both a youth-led business and a local hangout spot for kids & teens who want to get a snack or a drink, play some games, and hang out. It’s also a great chance for you to be a positive daily presence in the lives of local youth.
Several other hours each week, you and your fellow team-members (“interns”) will work together to start and run your own neighborhood projects centered around such areas as: hospitality, neighboring, asset-based community development & social investigation, and wisely & empathetically building cross-cultural relationships.
You will live together under the same roof (a very, very large roof) with your fellow interns, practicing weekly spiritual and communal rhythms and learning more about what it takes to thrive in a multi-everything community.
Learning, Growth & Personal Development
You will be challenged in a supportive environment to explore your faith and calling more deeply, through Gospel and other readings; weekly group reflections; and personal mentoring & coaching, where we start with your own questions and goals in mind.
The neighborhood around Mission House is very important to us and also a key opportunity for you to grow, learn, serve and love. Situated within walking distance from downtown Kansas City Kansas (KCK), ours is a multi-cultural neighborhood lined with trees and sidewalks and dotted with houses mixed with long-time residents and many more transient neighbors. There is good and bad here. We will ask you to see the good and think through the bad, and note where God is working.
You will see the effects of poverty, especially in terms of abandoned housing and of fewer opportunities for youth to thrive and engage socially, intellectually, and otherwise. At times, you will hear gunshots from surrounding areas, and feel a bit of the fear in your body and mind that gun violence causes. You will also see people on the sidewalk, stopping to talk, often in various languages, and often across cultural lines in ways that rarely happen in other neighborhoods. More than likely, your greatest moment will not be scheduled, and will happen when and with someone you least expect. We hope and pray for this, as we think even now of who will join us.
If it’s you, please know through everything, we will be with you, coaching and challenging you to deepen your understanding of context and how the Gospel of Jesus can be contextualized. We love it here, and hope to God that you will too.
Originally built by some old dentist in 1910, Mission House is currently the property of a 501c3 organization called… Mission House. It is an approximately 5,000 square foot, 3-story house with a modified basement. Formerly many, many things including an orphanage for boys in the 70s, Mission House felt into disrepair for several years before being remodeled by a small group with a vision.
That vision was to create a house to be used as a missional training center for young adults like you. It has been remodeled with community in mind, which mostly means 2 dishwashers — neither of which we use, 2 ovens — 1 of which we use, and probably 2 of a lot of things we’ve long since stopped noticing. There is enough room for 15 or so people, which is how many we typically host during the summers. While sleeping space and bathrooms are divided and shared by gender, there is tons of space for you to get away, read a book, take a nap, or have a meandering conversation with a fellow intern or leader.
KCK Site director - Josh Shepherd
Since 2011, Josh has worked as Director of Mission House, an urban mission training hub and intentional community near downtown Kansas City Kansas. Together with his wife of 9 years, Tricia, Josh has resided in Mission House alongside up to 15 young adults at a time. This has given him firsthand experience in the ins and outs of intentional Christian community, the spiritual formation of young adult Christians, and what it takes to live on mission together — especially in an urban, multi-cultural context. Fluent in Spanish, both Josh & Trish are dedicated to serving with and working alongside Hispanic congregations, connecting more deeply with their Hispanic neighbors, and advocating for a more just immigration system.
Before coming to Mission House, Josh served for several years as a staff member at a suburban United Methodist Church where he focused on helping the church better reach and engage a younger generation. He helped launch an alternative worship service, where his responsibilities preaching, planning, and leading worship helped him think about the ways worship gatherings can engage more diverse and younger participants. This experience led him to crave a more in-depth and intimate arena for the discipleship and missional formation of young adults, which ultimately led him to Mission House.
After 9 years of hoping for a child of their own, Josh & Trish will welcome their new little girl to the world sometime around Christmas Day. They are struggling to come up with a name, and are open to suggestions.