Now that you know the meaning of discernment, you’re ready to know how that process plays out for discerning Missional neighbors in Community First! Village.
The process begins with a tour of the Village.
When pandemics don’t preclude such, tours can be arranged online. Your time at the Village need not be restricted to your initial tour and attending events or other activities. Spend time volunteering and getting to know neighbors.
Pray, learn, discern.
There is a big difference in determining whether you were meant to serve in Community First! Village and discerning whether you were meant to serve and live here. Pray that God will reveal the difference and which path is meant for you. You also must learn what you’re in for should you complete the discernment process and become commissioned. We want you to know who our neighbors really are, what sort of issues they have overcome and continue to deal with, and how the mission, vision, values and goals of Mobile Loaves & Fishes are aligned to compassionately respond. How will you come to know these things?
After this course of study, your eyes will be open. You will have a better understanding of who we are and who we serve. While some will be energized by what they hear and read, others will not. This is a critical step in the process, because God uses the desires of our hearts to guide us to where we are meant to be. If you cannot see yourself living and serving alongside our beautiful neighbors in all their messy glory, then this call is not for you.
Those still committed to moving forward are invited to complete the application package. All components must be submitted to be accepted. This will include the application itself, reflection questions on the required reading, information authorizing MLF to conduct a background check, and photos.
Next Steps in Your Application Journey
After submitting your application, you will receive a call from the Application Coordinator or the Discernment Team Lead to discuss it. This can take several weeks, so please allow our Missional team some grace. We’re all volunteers, and new applications take time.