Josiah Project gives college students an opportunity to step out of the classroom and get experience in the mission field at home and abroad. This 11-week intensive program equips college students to impact the world for the Kingdom of God. The essence of Josiah Project lies in community with one’s team, hands-on experience in youth ministry, urban outreach, cross-cultural missions, and church planting. You’ll be training with experienced missionaries, professors, and experts in those fields.
The most amazing and unique aspect of this program is what happens during your second summer. (Yes, there are two!) That’s because what happens your second summer isn’t up to us: it’s up to you (and of course, God). Seriously. Read on.
Counting the Costs
Josiah Project Team members try to raise $3800 each to offset expenses.
This covers all costs including travel, class fees, airfares, overseas insurance, housing, food, etc.
Rock the World helps you fundraise before and throughout the summer.
There's a College Scholarship?
If you complete all the elements of the Josiah Project Summer, you will qualify for a $3000 scholarship for continuing your education. We want to make this experience financially possible for you! Requirements include:
Completing all reflection assignments and evaluation activities.
Participating fully in your team’s community of learning and serving.
Making a substantive, responsible effort to raise at least $3800.
Fulfilling duties at Site Assignments.
What If I Can’t Raise it All?
In Josiah Project you have to TRY to raise $3,800 for the team. If you do all the fundraising stuff but only raise $1987.34, that’s fine. If you do all the fundraising stuff and raise $5,800, that’s even finer. (The program actually costs us nearly $6,000 per student, but don’t worry about that.) God alone knows how much you will actually raise. We want the right people in the program, and trust God will supply the need as we pray and pull together.
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. Note: THESE DATES MAY BE VERY DIFFERENT, especially for teams that don't include international students.
Orientation & Outdoor Challenge June 17-30
- June 17 The Team arrives
- June 17-21 Orientation to Rock the World, Josiah Project, and your team members
- June 22-25 Outdoor challenge! Teams that arrive in June usually learn to sail. (Teams that arrive in May usually go wilderness camping.)
- June 26-30 Initial placement. In 2017 we are joining the staff of a national student conference:
- July 1 & 2 combined class and recreation days
- July 3 Solo Day. Throughout the summer there are “solo days” which are Sabbaths for you to reflect on what you’ve learned so far.
- July 4 Day off! Eat hot dogs. Watch fireworks. Whatever you want to do!
The center of the summer will feature 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 July 5-14
The youth ministry cycle begins with a day 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.
July 15-16 Solo Day and Day Off
The Solo Day is a day alone with God. There are some reflection tasks that day. It's alone time, not time to go hang out with friends or catch up on everyone's Twitter accounts. The Day off you can do what you like.
Cycle 2: Urban Ministry July 17-30
The urban ministry cycle also starts with a few days of classroom training then launches you into involvement with an urban ministry. Often these ministries are in Pittsburgh, but some have been as far away as Los Angeles.
Solo Day and Day Off July 31-Aug 1
Cycle 3: TCK Ministry. Aug 2-13
This is an application phase, where the team puts into action all they've been learning this summer. Along with the Executive Director and a recent JP graduate, they will plan and execute a weeklong program for Third Culture Kids, teens who are growing up in a country other than the country of their parents and their passports!
Second Summer Planning/First Summer Debrief August 14-19
- 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 19 Return home and to campus to express God's Kingdom there!
While you’re in the training phases of each cycle there will be classroom input, “Air Time” (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 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.
The Second Summer
The second summer is the most unique aspect of Josiah Project. You not only receive excellent training and experience, you’ll go through a process of debriefing and discernment. This process culminates at the end of the first summer. we help YOU evaluate how God has gifted you for ministry and what He may be calling you to do.
The first summer you discover or refine your calling. The second summer you go and do it!
Rock the World does not dictate what your second summer project will be; we help you listen to God for His guidance. Then we back you with our experience, structure and connections to help you develop and implement whatever God has placed on your heart.
Click Here to see what JP Director Amy Fleming said about her Second Summer.
How About You? What you do, where you go, how much it costs is all up to whatever The Holy Spirit Leads you to do. There are a few requirements for a program to be considered a Second Summer project. But we’re really not interested in telling you what you can’t do!
Past JP-ers have done cross country ministry trips, planted churches, led short term trips to Nepal, Belize, Singapore, and Russia, lobbied for hunger relief on Capitol Hill, worked with Sudanese refugees, or returned to their home churches or campus ministries better equipped to serve and with a stronger passion to make a Kingdom impact. These are just examples of what God may be calling you to do.
Some second summer projects have even grown into full-blown ministries. For instance, Eric Geisbert and Shea Rankin signed up for Josiah Project in 2003. Ambridge, PA, is where the JP team lives during the first summer. The children in this economically distressed mill town had nothing to do during the summer months — nothing except get into trouble on the streets. Eric and Shea felt God was laying these children on their hearts. For their Josiah Project Second Summer in 2004 they developed a sports camp to give the kids an opportunity to have fun — and more. Since then Ambridge Sports Camp grew to include an arts camp as well. Over time it grew into a year-round ministry, it developed an after-school program, a discipleship track and a new name: Ambridge Youth Ignite. All this arose from God giving Josiah Project students a vision for changing kids’ lives in their Second Summer. What might God start and whose lives might He touch others through your faithful initiative?
Click on the link in the left column to get started. You may want to read and pray through the application. Seriously, we’ve been told the Josiah Project application questions have actually changed people’s lives.