The Benefits of Membership

  • Recruit via a common online application, website, publications, and recruiting trips to campuses by the Executive Director, other program directors
  • Community of support around program directors
  • Share knowledge, new tools, and best practices
  • Working with ESC for financial sustainability
  • Retreats for corps members and continuing education for directors

ESC is not accepting new program applications at this time. Contact our Executive Director, Jed Dearing ( for more information.

We adhere to the following practices


Intentional Christian Community

In ESC, intentional community is an attempt to live out Jesus' commandment to love one's neighbor as oneself in a literal and purposeful way. Each community develops a "Rule of Life" in order to be in deeper relationship with one another through practices of shared meals, prayers, and lives. Intentional community is counter-cultural, and, in some ways, monastic. Exactly how this practice is lived out is different in each program.


Service of others in solidarity; promoting justice in community

Corps members live out Jesus’ message by being in community with those most in need. Serving with ESC means living and working with the underserved and forgotten populations of society. ESC believes that this practice is sacramental and is an outward visible sign of God's inward spiritual grace and love for the world. In addition, corps members are encouraged to take these experiences and use them to grow in their understanding of the world as it is and shape their understanding of the world as it should be.

Each program lasts nine to twelve months long.


Deepening of spiritual awareness and vocational discernment

Throughout their time with ESC, corps members are asked to engage with the question: Where does God fit in all of this? Each program employs different tools, which may include spiritual direction, journaling, Bible study, meditation, and retreat among others, to evaluate this question. The purpose of these activities is to bring about an awareness of God’s presence in each person’s life and to build the capacity of each individual to encounter God personally and develop the language to articulate these experiences. Corps members often go on to pursue ordination and/or advanced theological degrees. ESC provides corps members with a base of life in prayer that sustains them in their future ministries.


Relationship to an Episcopal Community

The traditions of the Episcopal Church/Anglicanism function as a starting point for our programs. Corps members from other Christian traditions and other faiths are welcomed, but the Episcopal Church is the primary conversation partner. The church is an agent of transformation for the corps members, but they also transform the church through their unique perspectives and their commitment to justice and peace.


Simple Living

Serving with ESC gives every person the chance to evaluate their self and their surroundings in search of how God is calling them to live. The tenet of simple living is not an attempt to strip corps members of their connection with modern culture or their lives prior to ESC, but rather an opportunity for corps members to recall what the basic necessities of life are in order to enrich their lives in unconventional ways. Corps members have their needs taken care of and are allowed the space to seek luxuries beyond the material. Simple living promotes trust in God for providence, and not in the world or self.