Common Soul/Sole (CS2) is an opportunity for young adults to live and work in an intentional Christian community at Calvin Center. The program provides nine months of work and community for young adults ages 19-29. During these months CS2 participants will be exposed to a variety of ministry experiences on site at Calvin Center and in local partner congregations. These experiences in addition to intentional community gatherings and personal reflection time guide the discernment process.
Is Common Soul/Sole right for you? Here are some questions to consider.
- Are you trying to figure out where God would have you go next?
- Would a chance to live and work in Christ-centered community benefit your spiritual life?
- Would you benefit from taking a break from school to reevaluate?
- Are you seriously considering or want to know more about outdoor ministry and summer camp isn't enough?
- Is a call to ministry via seminary on your radar- but just not yet?
"Q & A" About CS2
What does a typical work week look like for CS2 participants?
There are three main aspects CS2 participants will find themselves involved with during a typical week: service to Calvin Center, partnership with a local congregation, and reflection time.
Each week, three quarters of the working hours are spent serving the wide variety of needs at Calvin Center. Participants may find themselves pulling together promotional material for upcoming events, facilitating on the Team Challenge or the High Ropes Course, planning for upcoming retreats and guest groups, and many other tasks assigned by the Program Director and Associate Program Director. A typical week also includes a morning or afternoon assisting, and learning skills from, the maintenance, housekeeping, or food service department.
The second aspect of a work week is partnership with a local congregation. Conversations will be had prior to the arrival of CS2, to facilitate in finding a church that best fits the gifts and talents of each participant. CS2 participants may find themselves working with youth, teaching special programs, leading Sunday school, home visitation, assisting in the leading of worship, or exploring a new ministry for the church.
Finally, a serious focus is placed on "reflection time". One hour of each work day is set aside so that CS2 participants can take time to reflect on their call and re-center themselves in Christ. Though there is the occasional guided meditation, it is typically up to CS2 participants to determine what this time looks like. Past participants have used this time to go on a hike or run, paint, write, read books on spiritual topics, read daily devotionals or the lectionary, meditate on scripture and ultimately listen to what the Lord has to say to them that day.
Would I be responsible for my own housing?
Absolutely not. CS2 has a strong focus on developing Christian community. In order to facilitate this objective, participants spend the nine-month term living together on Calvin Center property in Staff Lodge. This furnished, free standing house consists of four (two-person occupancy) bedrooms with a common area, kitchenette and 548 acres of surrounding beauty.
How do I financially support myself during the year? Am I responsible for raising funds?
Through Calvin Center and contributions from our partner churches, participants are provided with a weekly stipend, free meals in the dining hall when groups are present, an additional food allowance, and free room and board.
Your Next Step
Do you think you might be called to this program, or could you use some clarity?
Complete the form below to request more information about Common Soul/Sole.