Servant Teams

Developing Diverse Leaders For Local & Global Mission

Servant Teams combines in-depth training in holistic mission with humble service among the most vulnerable. Join a diverse group of team members committed to sharing God’s love both locally and globally. During the first 3 months, team members join together in Portland, Oregon.  They engage locally in academic and experience-based training in missional theology and community development. During the following 3 months, teams are sent out globally to serve in hands-on ministry among the poor. Apply to join a team, or support their work using the links below.

Program Details

As part of a six-month Servant Team, you will grow as an urban missional leader through a combination of place-based theological processing, daily missional liturgy, urban ministry, organizational internship, and cross-cultural experiences. You will also benefit from a robust reading list and corresponding reflection papers, as well as exposure to seasoned missional leaders and Christian community development practitioners.


Along the way you will laugh, cry, sweat, learn, and grow into a more alive follower of Jesus. You will hear tragic stories and encounter difficult and complex questions. You will experience the beauty of different cultures and various expressions of Christian faith. You will be stretched beyond what you thought was possible. And through it all, you will see God working redemption and hope, even in the bleakest of situations.

    • 3 Months of Training & Local Internship
    • This phase takes place in Portland, Oregon, and includes both academic and experience-based training. Facilitated by a diverse group of experienced leaders, this in-depth learning process includes reading, reflection, and group discussion along with field trips and missional engagement with local ministries. In preparation for your field service, you will serve and learn from the organization as an intern.


    • 3 Months of International Field Service
    • During this phase, you and your Servant Team are sent out around the world to engage in hands-on ministry among the poor. Your team will join others already on the field in a local or international location where you will continue learning from and serving alongside the vulnerable.


  • Financial Details
    • The cost is approximately $1,000 per month, plus airfare. To make this experience available for people from under-resourced communities, the cost is under-written according to each applicant’s particular situation.
    • Participants will also engage in a communal process of raising monthly donations from their combined connections of family, churches, and friends.