We talk a lot about doing justice and mission on this site, and here is an opportunity for you to consider doing more than just reading. The Reservoir Salvation Army in Melbourne is reintroducing the HOUSE Programme in 2009. It involves a year-long commitment of intense Christian living.
The house is an opportunity to experience:
• Significant Mission – hands on experience in a community where you will learn to care for people, make disciples and transform a neighbourhood.
• Incarnational life – You don’t just “do ministry” and then go home at the end of the day. Incarnational living involves making Reservoir your home, caring about your neighbours and sharing your life with them. Living incarnationally isn’t just about living in a certain location it’s about being a part of that neighbourhood and living the life that others around you live. The house is not a free ride, it’s an experience of knowing what it’s like to have to pay the rent and bills, to experience some of the pressures people in our neighbourhood experience and sharing the journey with them.
• Community living – sharing a home with other Christians and supporting one another in life and ministry living with and learning how to work as a team
• Simplicity -Learning to live more simply is a little-practiced biblical principle. Sharing what you have, taking only what you need, being a good steward of what you have received - all are important keys to living a simpler lifestyle.
• Authentic Discipleship – A year of continual challenge to grow in their relationship with God and learn what it means to really follow Jesus.
• Teaching – Salvation Army mission, holiness, justice, leadership and personal development.
• Mentoring – each team member will have a mentor
If you are interested in this difficult but fun and life-changing programme you should pray and then contact Adam Peterson (adam.peterson@ aus.salvationarmy.org).
“More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress.
But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.”