If you are a leader of a group or the person charge of finding a service/learning opportunity for 2013, then this blog is for you!
Here are my top 10 reasons for considering DOOR:
- We are an “asset based” organization. We believe that God is alive and well and working our cities. Yes there are needs, issues and problems in the city, but the hope, resourcefulness and life in the city far outweigh the negatives. Another way to think about this is that the biblical story starts in a garden, but ends in a city. If you want to know what heaven is going to be like, come to the city!
- There are 6 great locations to come and witness what God is doing – Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Hollywood, Miami, and San Antonio.
- The $305.00 per person cost covers meals, staffing, lodging and reflection. This frees leaders to spend time getting to know the members of their group – doing the pastoral stuff without having to sweat the logistics.
- 2013 marks our 26th year, we began in 1986. We have the experience and knowhow.
- We hire local City Directors; these are folks who know the city and who call it their home. If you break down, it’s their mechanic you’re calling. When you leave, the relationships with agencies, speakers and neighborhoods remain and grow year to year.
- Our relationship to local helping agencies, ministries and churches is grounded in authentic relationships. On average each of our cities we work with 30-50 agencies, ministries and churches. That’s a potential national network of 300.
- The fee you pay helps DOOR hire local staff and purchases food and materials at local businesses. You are not only getting a good value for your money, but it is spent in such a way as to benefit the local community.
- Our commitment to “partnership.” We partner with other organizations and institutions because we believe that we have much to learn from others and the combination of DOOR with our partners creates a better experience for participants. We believe that service minded learning is best accomplished collaboratively. Listening and learning from various voices serves to enhance one’s understanding of God and God’s call. We believe in hearing God’s call within community at both the individual level as well as our organizational level. This commitment to partnership extends to all levels of DOOR’s programming. Nationally, we are a network of cities and denominations partnering with each other to provide learning. Locally we work with various faith based and non-faith based service agencies. We are committed to connecting participants to local urban congregations representing various denominational and cultural traditions.
- Our commitments to reconciliation peace, non-violence and justice. From race to nationality and from denomination to local church our programming, our training and our philosophies challenge us to reconcile the sins and hurts of the past and to move forward together with God.
- Finally, take home new energy, focus, and ideas for ministry in your home congregation and neighborhood. Interacting with urban service agencies, local congregations, and DOOR staff can help your group consider how to live out the Gospel in new ways at home.