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volunteering @ Convenant House

August 8, 2007 1 comment

Convenant HouseI went for a volunteer interview at Convenant House (shelter for runaway teens) today.  It looks like a great place for kids.  They have 100+ bed capacity with kids of all different backgrounds.  I noted I was interested in the pastoral ministry they have, but was open to whatever area they could use me for.  The big question?  My schedule.  I know seminary life is primary, but I would like to challenge my ministry experience to try to be “all things to all people,” as the priesthood entails.  Covenant House was started by a Catholic priest and I really like the mission statement:

Mission Statement: We who recognize God’s providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love.  That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children.  Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God’s presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.

The kids really need “regular” pastoral ministry, so creating a fixed schedule will be crucial, even if it is every other week (Sat or Sun).  If I do find time to volunteer, I’d probably get to know the kids in some other position, like “activities” or “intake.”  — We’ll see.

As I mentioned that I start seminary tomorrow, it’s starting to hit me … I’m not ready (packing)!     

Categories: 01 ME, service