Program or Partner
Nashville Epiphany Project (NEP)
Volunteers with NEP will experience mission in a community ministry that focuses on being in mission with others rather than merely doing service. Because the experience of mission is reciprocal in nature, the NEP program provides volunteers with the opportunity, not only to serve individuals in need, but more importantly to be blessed by relationships with others who are racially, theologically or economically different from themselves.
NEP is operated out of Second Presbyterian Church. Volunteers will be paired with this church or another PC-USA partner church in Nashville in order to have a supportive church family during their mission year. Volunteers will find participation and leadership roles within the church to enhance their experience.
- Helping to address the needs of the homeless while seeking structural changes to eradicate homelessness.
- Assisting in the spiritual, emotional and educational development of at-risk youth.
- Community organizing to educate the public, negotiate with city leaders, and help shape public policy on issues relating to the death penalty in Tennessee.
- Focusing on the root issues of poverty and empowering families to attain greater levels of well-being and self-reliance.
- Helping Hispanic families in Nashville realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement by promoting their integration into the local community.
- Assisting with health care for the uninsured in Nashville through a delivery model that integrates behavior health and spiritual care.
- Contributing to the program ministries and mission initiatives of the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Campus Ministry.
The volunteers live in community in one of two houses depending on the location of their partner agency. One house is located on the property of Second Presbyterian Church, the other is located in East Nashville. Internet and utilities are included.
Intentional Community Aspects
Volunteers will be expected to live as an example of Christ’s service to others and will engage in spiritual disciplines of simple living, prayer and Bible study. Although the experience of mission is the principal element of the program, a unique opportunity afforded by the Nashville Epiphany Project is a focus on vocational discernment. The young adult volunteers will work with professionals in activities that assess their strengths and skills and inform them of options to help determine how their faith, values and spiritual gifts can be integrated with a wage-earning occupation.
Education: college desirable
Megan DeWald Kline
Hello Joanna, This is Essie in the YAV office. You can begin the process of becoming a YAV by submitting an application (which can be downloaded by clicking on 'how do I apply?') The deadline for the application is January 20, 2011. After you submit your application, you will have interviews both with someone in the YAV office (most likely me), and also with site coordinators of the YAV sites you are interested in. In the meantime, it's a good idea to read the newsletters and blogs of YAVs who have recently served, or who are currently serving. Feel free to contact me at Essie.Buxton@pcusa.org with any further questions!
I am very interested in working with the Nashville Epiphany Project (NEP). I am currently a Senior at St. Andrews Presbyterian College majoring in Religious Studies with a double-minor in English and Women's Studies. Before attending seminary, I would like to dedicate at least one year with YAV. I am currently interested in this location the most. If you could help me in any way, I would be greatly appreciative. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Joanna Hipp