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NSM’s fosters relationships between AmeriCorps sites and faith communities. Our programs focus on housing, community, and increasing retention for National Service Volunteers while establishing outreach relationships between congregations and local non-profits. 





Strengthen Communities

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps is made up of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). Learn More

Ministry Matters

We believe in a communal effort to seek justice, love others, and do good in the world. We believe that ministry happens when the faithful begin serve alongside and help give voice those on margins of society. We believe the faith community has a critical role to play in achieving social advances. We believe that it is time for believers to awaken out of their great slumber, to take notice of the young adult service movement and to play an appropriate part.

Our Belief

Rev. Julian DeShazier

Mentor for Community Engagement Fellows


Hospitality House

Supplies housing units for AMC Volunteers.


Serve as AmeriCorps Volunteer advocates.

Hospitality Communities

Sponsors room & board for AMC Volunteers.


Vespers Curriculum

Vespers is a powerful way to introduce a group of young adults to a faith community and to engage with them theologically. When this curriculum is followed thoughtfully and faithfully, there will doubtless be some who dig more deeply into the Christian tradition and become interested in a particular congregation to continue their faith formation as adults.

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Chaplaincy Handbook

The intent of the handbook is fourfold: One, it offers an overview into the National & Community Service programs. Two, it provides a glimpse into the service terms of AmeriCorps members. Three, it spells out what the National Service Chaplaincy program entails. Four, it creates a space for participants to map out their own National Service Chaplaincy Program.

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Faith3 Invitation

The Faith3 Invitation offers program resources for congregations wishing to engage young adults.Many young adults who might identify themselves as Christians do not want to publicly associate with a brand that has so many negative attitudes and narrow-minded viewpoints.

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In the News

National Service Chaplains: A Call to Congregations Serving Those Who Serve - "Community is the only proper response to the world's need. While institutions of faith develop conferences to further discuss the Millennial exodus, those young adults are richly engaged in being agents of love and justice in the neighborhoods our congregations more"
The National Service Chaplaincy is an idea based on the realities of young adult volunteers and the need to intentionally reach out to and be present for these volunteers. Like the military chaplaincy, AmeriCorps chaplains should not engage in proselytizing or converting, but rather be present and pastoral.-Rev. Wayne Meisel, Center for Faith and Service Director
McCormick Theological Seminary To Establish Center for Faith and Service “The Center will be a national effort that is dedicated to challenge and support the church to be a telling presence in the lives of young adults, especially those involved in community service and social justice.” -Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada, president of McCormick Theological Seminary

Meet the Team

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Christopher Flowers

Director of the National Service Chaplaincy

 The National Service Chaplaincy is an independent service which connects national service volunteers and other non-faith based engagement-minded young adults with congregations.

Wayne Meisel

Director of the Center for Faith and Service

Wayne Meisel is the Director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. The Center develops programs through partnerships with local congregations and national church offices for a generation defined by their commitment to service and justice.

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