“My youth group’s trip to Chicago went great, and in my opinion was probably one of the most in depth weeks we have had for a mission trip! I could really see the impact that serving in love had on my young people. I think what really left an impression on me was how much some of my youth grew to know more about themselves because of the reflections we did in the evening portions of our trip. What also impressed me was Mission Year’s attitude toward young people and how passionate they were about seeing my group grow more in love with God and with the people in Chicago’s communities. It was a lasting experience and well worth every bit of effort!” Mike Chapman, Youth Pastor
We’re flipping the script on the typical missions trip.
For us, missions is not just a trip, it’s a lifestyle. Mission Year offers both weekend Urban Solidarity Retreats and weeklong Justice Trips. Our weekend and week-long trips bring together Christians from all ages and backgrounds to enter into what God is doing in the city.
We believe God is alive in the city. We invite you to come visit us in the neighborhood, serve with us, learn from local leaders, and join in with the movement of God as you are challenged to love God and love people.
“Our spring break trip with Mission Year was a transformative experience, both individually and communally. I saw the ideals of justice and compassion, of walking alongside the marginalized and the outcast, that I’d read about in my Bible being lived out in today’s world and was challenged to figure out how to do so myself. Our group was exposed to injustices and hardships that our comfortable lifestyles had sheltered us from, and getting to process that together shaped the way we went on to relate to one another and those around us.” Jenna Marchese, college student at Denison University
Weekend Urban Solidarity Retreats
Our Urban Solidarity Retreats are twofold:
1. Encounter God in the city
You don’t need to escape the busyness of life to encounter God. We spend a majority of our retreat right in the heart of the city, in the middle of the city’s major sources of power and wealth and among the city’s most vulnerable and poor. We want to enter in and find God amidst the chaos.
2. Encounter God in others
God’s heart is for the poor. The city’s center is home to the most vulnerable of our cities – those without a home. The Solidarity Retreat offers space to “see” those that we so easily pass by. We want to open ourselves up to the image of God found all around us, specifically in those ignored and isolated.
Our retreat is a two day, one night weekend experience. We welcome you or your group to the city Saturday morning for a day of spiritual practices, solitude time, group time, worship, and teaching. On Sunday we head to the city’s center for a day of retreat – a day of awakening and seeing.
safe and secure lodging w/ shower facilities
all meals on Saturday and Sunday provided
transportation to city center on Sunday provided
all materials included
Cost: $115 per person
For more information contact: Ra Mendoza
Weeklong Justice Trips
Mission Year emphasizes a philosophy of mutuality in missions. Our mission is to not only serve others, but allow ourselves to learn, grow, and be transformed through our encounters with God and others in the city. Learning to see where God is at work in the people and places where you serve is just as important as any service work you actually perform.
During our weeklong Justice trips, participants will explore values of faith, community, solidarity, and justice, and reflect on ways to incorporate them into their daily lives back home. We offer an experience for any person, church or college group to experience the Mission Year lifestyle. During the week you will:
- Spend time connecting intimately with God both in the morning and evening.
- Join in with what God is doing at local service organizations and ministries.
- Spend a day on an Urban Solidarity experience to encounter God’s heart for people.
- Engage in evening sessions of passionate worship and teaching from local leaders on topics such as faith, community, and justice.
safe and secure lodging w/ shower facilities
all meals provided (Monday breakfast through Friday breakfast)
daily schedule and evening programs provided
Locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia
Cost: $250 per person
Justice Trips run January through August of each year. Contact email@example.com to check availability for specific weeks.
For more information, or to register a group, fill out the contact form below.
City locations include: Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia.