First Term Enhanced provides several unique opportunities among the SMBI terms. First, it is a shorter period of study with four weeks of classes. The structure provides the same amount of class time per class as the standard terms. However, the minimum course load is 4 1/2 study hours rather than 6 study hours. Second, first term incorporates personal discipleship through small group meetings and a Friday evening-Saturday event. This is designed to help the student process and share their life story. Third, an optional 10-day hands on opportunity is provided following the term. Students may choose one of the following tracks: music ministry, personal development through wilderness experience, or urban ministry.

Post-Term Opportunities

Music Ministry: (1 Music Credit)

This opportunity is an extension of the choir with a small group (quartet as a minimum) traveling to some of the same locations involved with the urban ministries and providing a capella music ministry and other support to those teams. Presentations will be primarily in ministry contexts such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, schools, streets, and possibly churches. Enrollment in Music Ministry and Theology is required. (approx. $225)

Wilderness Development: (1 Practical Credit) – Not available in 2019

Leave behind watches and cell phones. This opportunity takes the student into the wilderness to continue the training and personal growth established during term. These intense canoe or hiking trips provide ample opportunity to deepen relationships with God and others and expand team-building skills. Time will be devoted to individual and group reflection to maximize the experiential lessons which are encountered. (approx. $575)

Urban Ministry: (1 Evangelism Credit)

This is an opportunity for hands on experience in urban ministries. Locations offer the opportunity to work in an established mission setting or to be a part of a ground breaking work. Students may also choose to return to their home area for ministry development. The students will spend a maximum amount of time in hands-on involvement. In each opportunity, students are expected to be prepared to find or create some of their own avenues of ministry. Maturity suited to urban ministry and self-direction is required. Opportunities may include homeless shelters, hospitals, parks, nursing homes, kids clubs, church, community service, tract distribution and anything else possible to integrate in the life of the city. Time is also set aside each day for the team to intentionally reflect on the experiences and interactions of the day. Each team will consist of a minimum of 2 members.

2019 Ministry Locations

Hamilton, OH*

How can Mennonites start an indigenous church where Anabaptism is unheard of? In Hamilton we endeavor to nurture a church that can be self-supported and governed. Interns should bring their curi- osity as they investigate the culture and needs of this city. This knowledge will then be used to develop a strategy how Anabaptist principles can influence people to a deeper relationship with Christ. ($250.00)

York, PA

Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church has served York, PA for nearly 65 years. Students here  will develop flexibility and servanthood as they yield themselves to Christ and join this ministry serving the residents of the city. Activities range from A to Z including tutoring, cooking, evangelism, preach- ing, socials, prayer walks, work, after school activities, maintenance, remodeling and youth group. ($140.00)

Baltimore, MD

Urban Mennonite Ministries is a church plant, school, and day care in urban Baltimore. Students will have opportunity for exploration and hands on interaction with city culture. Some activities may include street evangelism, prayer, work at the homeless shelter, children’s clubs, and service projects. ($250.00)

Reading, PA

Fairview Mennonite Church and school has been in this city of 90,000 for 80 years. Many native urban families and individuals are active in the church and school. Students will have opportunity for exploration and hands on interaction with city culture. Activities may include street evangelism, prayer, volunteering at a homeless shelter, working with kids clubs and youth, assisting in the school and work projects. Men only ($155.00)

Washington, D.C.*

Fellowship Haven Chapel has been in the nation’s capital for well over 30 years. It is located in Kenilworth, a low-income predominately African-American neighborhood. With only a handful of members, the church is struggling to survive. This is an opportunity to bring encouragement and sup- port to the church. You will encounter diversity in culture and class, from downtown D.C. to Kenilworth’s ghetto neighborhood. Activities may include street evangelism, children’s ministry, work pro- jects around the church facilities, and more. ($125.00)

*These locations are less developed and require a great degree of self-direction.

Note: All costs are estimates. There may also be some additional cost for public transportation in the city, meals while on the street, etc.