Missional Church Pioneer
Internship & Training Opportunity
New Vision Church (Pewaukee, WI)
New Vision BIC in Pewaukee WI is looking for an adventurous, mission minded individual, couple, or family to consider our church and location as good training ground for future ministry, church planting, or mission work. We have developed an 18 month–2 year opportunity to receive low cost housing, training in a skilled trade, and participate in the rhythms of a local church community committed to living out God’s mission in our neighborhoods.
In an interview with Plough magazine,1 Mike Rowe noted that he often hears the sentiment “we need more welders and fewer philosophers.” His response was “it’s not one or the other. What we need is more welders who can discuss Kant and Descartes, and we need more philosophers who can run an even bead and repair a leaky faucet.” As the American economy is rediscovering the trades, the American church is radically re-evaluating its relevance among her neighborhoods, realizing that our attractional models of church are unsustainable for many faith communities.
New Vision has grown in the conviction that missional churches cannot, and perhaps should not, sustain full time salaries, and maybe we need more theologians who can fix things and electricians who can discuss theology!
For about 2 years, New Vision Church has been allowing the Holy Spirit to reorient us more firmly in a missional view of church. We have a good story, a lot of hope for the future, but we are looking for some help! We also have something valuable to offer for someone exploring what ministry or church planting looks like in post Christian culture.
If this resonates with you so far, New Vision would like to invite you to consider an 18 month to 2 year season of discerment and training in a trade with us.
What New Vision can offer:
- If your living needs and habits are a good fit, New Vision can provide simple low cost housing with one of our church families for up to 2 years.
- New Vision will subsidize up to 18 months of full-time tuition at WCTC (Waukesha County Technical College).2 Certificates that can prepare you for a career or further education in 12-18 months include carpentry (12 mo.), HVAC service technician (12 mo.), metal fabrication/welding, Automotive maintenance (18 mo.), Paramedic technician (12 mo), and digital production or web design (18 mo.).
- New Vision will partner with you to choose a trade that you might enjoy and has potential for the kind of ministry you are discerning. We have a current WCTC student and instructor in our congregation and a growing missional posture towards the campus and its students.
- New Vision will invest in your spiritual life and process of discerning / training for future ministry or church planting. The details of that can be worked out with our pastor and your mentors and personal needs, but it may include regular meetings for prayer and “check ins,” opportunities for study, an invitation to “do life together” with a body of believers, or opportunities to serve within the missional pulse of our congregation.
What we ask of you:
- To affirm the core values of the Brethren in Christ and make New Vision your church home while you complete your trade education.
- Spend the first three to six months adjusting to the area and our worship community, eating meals and meeting over coffee with New Vision families, finding part time work, and enrolling at WCTC.
- To commit to a season of discernment for your path towards future ministry or church planting, in relationship with believers.
- To be actively involved in New Vision’s missional activity.
- To see your trade education and future career as your mission field by a) having a posture of openness to being stretched in your relationships with non believers in a context away from home, and b) practice spiritual discernment and hospitality in community.
Outcomes. At the end of your time with New Vision you will:
- Receive a trade certificate, with little or no debt, for employment or state apprenticeship in a marketable trade.
- Develop relationships with believers from a spectrum of generations and careers who want to “do life” with each other and will invite you to their homes, tables, and game nights. They will support you with their experience, and cheer you on when you are here and when you move on.
- Gain job experience through employment.
- Have a clearer picture of your gifts for ministry, goals for your career and education, additional opportunities to pursue, and a written plan for “next steps.”
- Gain experience practicing missional habits: Blessing others, sharing a table with believers and non-believers, listening for the Spirit’s voice, learning the ways of Jesus through study and action.
- Have the opportunity to lead an event, neighborhood initiative, worship gathering, property or funding project, leadership meeting, or group study of your choosing.
- Set personal and career goals and periodically evaluate your progress.
- If appropriate, become a licensed minister with the Brethren in Christ Church.
If you are interested or just want to know more we would love to share more of New Vision’s story and vision. E-mail Pastor Christina Bosserman at NewVisionBIC@gmail.com or call 262-548-3744.
More about New Vision:
- Our worshipping community has chosen to focus on the practices of the church as described in Acts 2:42 – sharing a meal (both literal and communion), studying the Bible, prayer, and fellowship. Our gatherings are conversational around a meal and include the study of Scripture and prayer. Right now we are calling our Sunday gathering at the building a “dinner church,” but other groups meet in homes.
- New Vision is located in Pewaukee WI, along the I-94 corridor between Milwaukee and Madison, and ranked #58 and #11 respectively on Barna’s estimation of the 100 most post-Christian cities.3 Like much of the US, our area has been marked by increased secularism and ideological fragmentation, and a consumerist culture of complaint and church hopping within the church.
- We think that the church is the fruit of discipleship, not the other way around. New Vision wants to be a church “in the neighborhood,” resisting the temptation to fall back on attractional modes of church, but rather building relationships with our home and church neighbors through the practices of spiritual discernment and Christian hospitality.4 We are currently having success with coffee shop discipleship, quasi-house churches, board game nights in homes, “Sober Hangouts” (social opportunities for people in recovery), and new connections with students at a local trade school. Our hope is to creatively build bridges between neighborhood and gatherings around Jesus.
Our hopes for the future
New Vision is moving forward with plans to use our biggest asset – our property – to sustain the ministry of our worshiping community no matter its size, and serve its neighborhood with partnerships of mutual blessing (Gen. 12:1-3)
- Our church building is uniquely situated right off of an I-94 interchange, 20 miles west of Milwaukee, squarely in suburban/commuter area. The building’s “neighbors” are an isolated residential neighborhood and the motorists on the interstate, who regularly use the property to take breaks, exchange goods, take care of pets and kids, make phone calls, etc.
- Our building has a great story! It was built in 2002 “barn raising style” by several BIC congregations. We want to continue that legacy of partnership and expression of Brethren in Christ core values.
We have discerned a number of possible ways to accomplish this, but we are seeking God’s provision to move forward with some of them. The following is organically tied to our context, has intersections between a needed service/marginal community and opportunities for encounters between non-believers and believers as the foundation of discipleship.
- We have re-named the property “The Rest Stop Hospitality and Meeting House” (the name of our worshipping community remains New Vision Brethren in Christ). It is intentionally a play on words – it resonates with the physical location of our building (on a highway exit), its opportunity to “welcome the stranger,” and our desire to be a place of hospitality, spiritual rest, healing, and reconciliation in Jesus’ name.
- We are open to initiatives best described as “business as mission”- small business type initiatives operated from our property that meet a community need, are financially self-sustaining, and lend themselves to encounters between non-believers and believers as the foundation for making disciples. These include:
- Space rentals – family and business events, ministry events, co-working, etc.
- Space for art exhibits, fundraising, and social events (board games, etc.)
- Cooperative use of property, like a neighborhood garden or dog park.
- Amenities on the property to serve people from the highway – phone numbers, phone charging, camera monitored parking spaces, vending, bathrooms, etc.
- Partnering with special needs families to provide coffee and snack services for events.
- A possible drive-thru coffee business with indoor seating options in the future, as a growth of other efforts.
- A non-denominational church and teaching ministry leases our building on Sundays and Mondays. This has proven to be a mutually beneficial partnership and has grown the “meeting house” identity of our building in service to local social and educational ministries like AA, God Touch MKE, Redeem & Restore ministry to victims of sex trafficking, Terry Wardle’s healing care training, and the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
2 WCTC has the best return on investment of any Milwaukee area college/university according to the 2016-17 WI Department of Education’s college scorecard.
4 Some of our guiding ideas can be found in these books: Rosaria Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a Housekey; Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements, The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life; Jay Pathak, The Art of Neighboring.