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Build a more holistic understanding of biblical reconciliation by learning and serving in Chicago.


March 12-20, 2016


Bethel students will serve in the Englewood and Woodlawn neighborhoods of Chicago.

The Experience

Our team will head to Chicago to engage in neighborhood life and learn about a biblical response to poverty, race, and class issues.

Under the direction of local leaders, students will work in various ministries and agencies in the afternoons and evenings. Morning bible studies and discussions led by local staff and community members will help students form a deeper understanding of how people living in poverty are a valued part of the body of Christ.

Past Chicago teams have reported that they were deeply impacted by the profound teaching on biblical reconciliation.

Our Ministry Partner

Bridge Builders presents students with opportunities to spend time learning more about God's heart for the poor while serving alongside a variety of ministry sites around the great city of Chicago.

Building Bridges is a division of Sunshine Gospel Ministries, which is a member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). CCDA is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored emotionally, physically, economically, and socially– not by offering mercy alone, but also by pursuing justice.

Trip Cost

This team of 10 students has a team fundraising goal of $4,500 (about $450 per person). Fundraising will be a major part of the year for this team, which will tremendously help the financial bottom line!

Who Should Participate

The Chicago trip is ideally suited for students interested in community development, poverty relief, urban ministry, social service, vocational ministry, and biblical reconciliation. The on-site teaching from our ministry partner is strong. Students need no prior cultural experience, but must come with an open heart willing to sit at the feet of local leaders who are different from them.

This is meaningful preparation for students interested in developing their understanding of the power of the Gospel to transform lives and communities.

Next Steps

Interviews are conducted in October and November of every year for the following spring.

Teams for Spring 2016 are set and have begun preparing for the trip. If you are interested in participating in Spring 2017, please check back in Fall 2016 and apply early.

Questions? Contact Matt Runion at runmat@bethel.edu.