DRY believes in mission and the power it has to bring transformation.
In partnering with Exodus to facilitate a summer mission opportunity for young people aged 16+, there is a real focus on discipleship and service. These opportunities attract young people from all sections of the diocese, including those who would not necessarily be committed parishioners. In choosing to serve in Europe, this keeps costs down for each participant.
This opportunity aims to help young people grow in faith and learn more about themselves and where they fit. It aims to draw young people into the life of faith and the church. In appealing to a slightly different audience the reach of DRY is extended, and should the experience be positive, the impact it can have on the life of the young person can be immeasurable.
In undertaking a 16 week discipleship process prior to leaving, there is a deliberate focus on faith development and personal growth.
Prior to departure there is a 16 week discipleship course developed by Exodus. This brings the team together weekly to offer support and encouragement alongside offering a space for accountability.
Once the course has been completed, the team is commissioned and then sent off to their location.
How it meets the diocesan strategy:
Deeper: In undertaking a discipleship course, there is a focus on personal development and preparation to step into leadership prior to going to the host location. This is an essential aspect of the course, therefore deepening faith is a major component of this opportunity.
Closer: The teams comprise of 8–10 people so while there will be closeness between the team, the wider diocese will not necessarily come closer through it. However should there be a wide diversity in those coming from various parishes, this can link the diocese under one project.
Wider: In growing deeper thorough the small group sessions, the aim and intent is to then utilise that learning in a mission placement. This linking of theory (theology) and practice is key in helping the participants to effectively share the Good News and work effectively with those they meet.
This opportunity will broaden horizons both personally in how young people have their eyes opened and stereotypes challenged, while also widening their understanding of how and where God works in the world.