Looking for a hands-on opportunity to serve and share with others this summer?
A local Fort Worth church offers such an opportunity through its Urban Encounter ministry. Founded out of Crossroads Tabernacle's own outreach to its surrounding neighbors, Urban Encounter hosts youth groups and church organizations from around the country to participate in service projects, spiritual discipleship, and worship during the week-long event. And as they say at Urban Encounter, this is a "different kind of mission trip."
Pastor Corey Jones reveals the heart and passion behind the development of Urban Encounter, explaining: "We want to be a church for people who have given up on the Church or who feel like the Church has given up on them. Thus, we began with a VBS-type ministry at an apartment complex, which turned into a bus ministry . . . and now, we facilitate Christians to impact the entire metroplex with the gospel."
Those signed up for an Urban Encounter can expect to work in a variety of avenues:
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Kid's Club
- Feeding the hungry
- Street evangelism
- Urban, multicultural services
- Work and clean-up projects
Not only does Urban Encounter work with other charitable organizations to team up to help and encourage the homeless, AIDs patients, etc., but it also will tackle specific problems, such as fixing and painting a family's home.
Pastor Jones mentions as well that getting their hands dirty is not the only happening of the week. For the 60-80 teens who participate in each Urban Encounter, they will also be guided through intentional times of prayer and worship, making the experience, what Pastor Jones call, "a God Encounter" too.
With six Urban Encounter experiences booked for the summer 2010 schedule, there is still space for other who wish to participate. For more information, visit ctgiveshope.com or call Randel Benton at 817-457-5211.