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Our Unique Approach

More Than a Short-term Missions Organization

The Boston Project is a year-round Christian Community Development ministry with two decades of ministry in our neighborhood. Rather than “setting up shop” for the summer, The Boston Project staff and ministry lives in the heart of the neighborhood where we serve. We have built relationships characterized by integrity and trust with our neighbors and partner service organizations in Boston. We can respond quickly to immediate needs of residents, and participate in facilitating long-term community change. We do not “go home” at the end of the summer – Boston is our home, and we serve here all year long.

 

Potential for Whole-Church Partnership

In one sense, we are not a missions organization. We are a Christian community development ministry that involves church partners in the mission of our organization. We believe that the most powerful witness to the Gospel is done in the context of long-term relationships, both within our community and with partnering churches. That’s why we seek churches that desire something deeper than a one-time experience or a sight-seeing trip. We invite your church to enter a long-term Gospel-centered partnership that allows your members to give in meaningful ways, learn from our neighbors, and be inspired by what God is doing in the city. Being involved in our Mission Trip programs can be one important aspect of this partnership.

 

Christ-centered, Justice-themed Curriculum

There is life-changing potential when people learn through both life experiences and structured study. Our goal is to expand your head knowledge and heart’s sensitivity so the church can respond to the biblical ideas of justice, love, and mercy. We develop a creative Scripture-based curriculum that includes an in-depth devotional guide, group discussion times, thought-provoking simulation games, and guided small group conversations. These activities serve a springboard for understanding poverty, justice, reconciliation, and our own response. Previous themes have included “Do You Know What’s Good?” (Micah 6:8), “Love God, Love Others” (Matthew 12:30-31), “For Such a Time as This” (Esther), and others.

 

Personal Attention of our Staff

Discipleship happens in the context of relationships. That’s why The Boston Project is committed to providing a high staff to participant ratio (about 1:5 for teenagers, 1:8 for college and adults). As we live, learn and serve together, our staff invest personally in each person on your team. Our staff is with you 24 hours a day, walking through the entire experience together. You’ll begin to feel like we’re a family from family-style dinners, free time with our staff, small service teams of 4-10 people, and small group times throughout the trip.

 

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