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
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.
Rev. Julian DeShazier
Mentor for Community Engagement Fellows
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.
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.
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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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 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.