(We are currently accepting applications for the August 2020 – July 2021 apprenticeship)
About the Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is a year-long experience of following Jesus in the context of an intentional church community. Apprentices form a “mini-community” in the midst of the larger community to encourage one another in pursuing Christ, and in order to concretely share life with one another. Anyone (families or singles) wanting to explore Christian community and grow in faith and love is invited to apply.
When Does the Apprenticeship Happen?
The Apprenticeship begins in mid-August, and ends in July. There are break times scheduled into our calendar, but we ask that apprentices make being an apprentice the primary focus of their year.
What is Daily Life Like?
Apprentices live in households with Sojourner members, share in household meals, meet weekly with a mentor, participate in worship, have a weekly meeting with each other, and read Scripture and other books together in an apprentice class.
Apprentices are asked to:
- Practice daily disciplines of prayer and scripture reading
- Commit to a common schedule and calendar
- Share their money
- Learn group discernment by making decisions together
- Pitch in on chores
- Meet regularly with a mentor
- Work a part-time outside job and consider questions of vocation
- Participate in ways the church serves the neighborhood
What Kind of Work is Available?
Many of our apprentices have taken jobs working in the public schools with differently-abled kids. Sojourners has relationships with non-profit agencies such as a school providing education for disadvantaged youth and a law clinic providing low-cost legal aid for immigrants. If you are interested in those or working with the homeless, or against climate change, or for another good cause, let us know and, depending on your skills and experience, we may be able to match you with a local organization. If you have a job that can transfer, or be done remotely, you are welcome to continue with that work. We ask that apprentices work no more than 32 hours a week so that there is adequate time for community life.