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||Sample First Summer
The following is a typical schedule for a Josiah Project team's First Summer. BTW, you do get weekly days off in the middle of all this! Also, please note that this only gives a typical example, not the actual dates for any particular summer.
Orientation & Wilderness Trip May 19-31
- May 19 The Team arrives
- 19-21 Orientation to Rock the World, Josiah Project, and your team members
- 21-30 Wilderness Excursion
- 31 Solo Day: Throughout the summer there are "solo days" which are Sabbaths for you to reflect on what you've learned so far.
Three Training/Experience Cycles. Each Cycle includes meeting and learning from experts in each area of ministry, and a "site assignment" placement where you'll serve short-term in an effective ministry.
Cycle 1: Student Ministry June 1-18
Cycle 2: Urban Ministry June 20-July 9.
- The youth ministry cycle begins with a few days of training geared toward understanding youth and how to do ministry with them. Topics center on the Biblical Basis for relational youth ministry, youth culture, and basic program methods.
- 19 Solo Day
Cycle 3: Cross-Cultural Ministry. July 11-30
- The urban ministry cycle also starts with a few days of classroom training then launches you into involvement with an urban ministry. Sometimes these ministries are in Pittsburgh, but some have been as far away as Los Angeles.
- July 10 Solo Day
Second Summer Planning/First Summer Debrief August 1-8
- This training prepares you for going into another culture and how to be a student of that culture in order to help those who live there follow Jesus. You learn from seasoned missionaries here, then learn and serve with local leaders overseas to advance God's Kingdom there.
- July 31 Solo Day
- August 1 Sometimes team members feel God calling them to work on a ministry project together in their Second Summer, sometimes they don't. It's up to each of you, and we'll stand behind you as you attempt things for God -- big or small.
- August 8 Return home and to campus to multiply the Kingdom there!
Daily Schedule: While you're in the training phases of each cycle there will be classroom input, "prayer & share" (worship, personal sharing, and mutual intercession), personal quiet time, and free time (usually late afternoon/evenings.) Some evenings there are ministry events, but those mostly rise out of what your team plans and executes together. During the site assignments (field placements) your schedule is determined 95% by the ministry with which you are placed. Rock the World only requires them to allow you time to meet and pray with one another as a team.