Servant Year is a nearly 16 year old program of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, inviting young adults to serve at a partnering church, school, diocesan office, or social service agency for one year. Members live together in one of multiple intentional Christian communities, gathering often for prayer and weekly for community meals and meetings. Members also gather frequently for formation programming.
A willingness to live simply, intentionally and to compassionately serve are the mainstays of Servant Year.
Servant Year has entered into partnerships with several local and national social service organizations, including: Bethesda Project, Seamen’s Church Institute, and Covenant House to provide unique and challenging placements for its members. Members also serve in parishes throughout the region and with the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Office of Family and Young Adult Ministries. School placements at St. James School round out our ministry partner network. Members serve as case managers, volunteer coordinators, teaching assistants, ministry residents, and outreach coordinators.
Formation and vocational discernment are key components of the Servant Year experience. Each member has weekly supervision at their placements, meets monthly with an assigned mentor, is linked with a prayer partner from within the program to meet with once a month, and has weekly formation programming. These weekly events rotate between: group spiritual direction, professional development, prayer partner/mentor meetings, and small group cohort gatherings.
Servant Year offers participants housing, medical benefits, professional development assistance, transportation assistance (depending on placement), and a $500 monthly stipend.