Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Urban Ministry Job Posting!

Hey all,
One of CSM New York's partner ministries (Maspeth Bible Church) has a part-time position available as a Children's/Youth Minister. Check out the listing on our Alumni Urban Ministry Jobs page.
Have a urban ministry job position you want to promote? Email us!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Learning to be Stretched in Chicago

Jessica Harrington had been searching the web for a summer job when she came across CSM’s posting for a City Host. Serving the city of Chicago with CSM seemed like the perfect opportunity, so she jumped on it!
The summer of 2002 turned out to be one full of growth, passion and learning for Jessica. Being the only African American City Host in Chicago that summer definitely took Jessica out of her comfort zone. She was able to see that there was quite a gap between groups that served with CSM and the ministries they served at (mostly being African American or Hispanic). Instead of becoming frustrated, God showed Jessica that Christ should be the one to bridge that gap - in Him there is reconciliation and true community. Jessica was able to share her vision with the serving groups and ministry partners alike.
“All the differences don’t matter when we come to Jesus,” says Jessica.
Jessica is able to look back at all the different ministry sites she served at and see how God is moving and loves the city. One ministry site, The Cabrini Green Projects, had a huge impact on her and in her hearing God’s call to serve His people.
“One day, we were helping to clean in one of the high rises. As I stood on the balcony, so high up in the air, I could see past the projects somewhat. However, there was a fence that went from the top of the building to the bottom (to keep people from throwing things overboard). It’s so hard to see a clear view of the city through a fence. These people were free, but caged in. We are called to set captives free with His love. My heart broke—especially as an African American seeing people who looked like me suffering (and some were not even aware that they were living life subpar to what God meant for it to be).”
Jessica recently graduated with a Masters in Public Administration (concentrating in Non-Profit Administration). CSM gave Jessica the chance to see the vast needs at all the different ministry sites and to show her how it would be possible to use her “business mentality” to help others. She is now married, living in Baltimore and working at Johns Hopkins University doing community outreach with the public health, medical, and nursing students.
During her time with CSM, Jessica was able to latch onto key issues and learn how to best deal with them. She has some wise words for those who are looking to serve with CSM and the city in general:
  • Step outside of your comfort zone - let your light shine to everyone no matter their economic status or race and regardless of how comfortable it may be.
  • Talk about stereotypes - don’t be afraid! Let your time in the city be the place to learn and grow.
We are so blessed to see the path God has brought Jessica down - and to have been a part of it! We are grateful for her honesty, heart and passion.

Learn how you can serve with CSM in Chicago!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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We're working on some fabulous ideas over here - come back soon to see!