URBAN MINISTRY INTERN
The purpose of the Open Door internship program is to cultivate leaders in urban ministry settings. Our hope is for interns to gain practical vocational experience through their specific ministry internship, fulfill school internship requirement as needed, and experience an urban environment through group discussions and hands-on activities. We offer 11 week summer internships and 8 – 12 week internships in the fall and spring.
All interns are eligible and encouraged to raise support (up to $2080/mo).
Family Room (Summer, Fall, and Spring internships available)- Intern will be on the front lines of ODM, interacting with our homeless and transient community, assisting with receptionist responsibilities, and resource gathering for ODM's community outreach.
Non-Profit Management (Summer, Fall and Spring internships available)- Intern works in the ODM office alongside the Executive Team (administration, grant writing and fundraising). Duties include administrative tasks, grant writing, volunteer management, ministry and project oversight, event planning, statistics, and more.
Learning Center (Summer only)- Intern works in our Preschool and/or Elementary Program. Kids range in age from 3 to 12. Internship includes teaching lessons, informal time with kids, going on field trips, food prep, food shopping, opportunities for evangelism and discipleship, and learning about the inner workings of an urban childcare center.
Youth (Summer only)- Intern works with our urban youth program (6th - 12th grade). Internship includes informal time with kids, going on day trips, one-on-one discipleship, food shopping and prep, overnight camps, relationship building, leading various youth activities and outreaches, and learning about an established youth ministry
Worship (Summer only)- Intern works with Open Door Fellowship or Westside Church Internacional in leading the worship services, building the volunteer team, and understanding the workings of an inner-city church. *This is a part-time internship and can be in combination with another ministry.
Urban Immersion (Summer only)- Intern will lead groups visiting for short-term trips to Open Door. Intern will use their leadership abilities to coordinate group activities and lead teams as they learn about urban ministry through city experiences, service projects, and interacting with our community.
Still Waters Housing (Summer only)- Females only. Includes dinners with residents, assisting with day-to-day activities, informal relationships with residents, role-modeling healthy behaviors/relationships, coordinating events, and prayer. All houses have residents dealing with past and/or current trauma, addictions, mental illness, and homelessness.
Open Door to Success Job Training (Summer only)- Intern will help participants with job training lessons, teach computer skills, accompany director on meetings with potential employer partnerships, etc.
Church Planting - Serve with a new multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church in a low income, predominantly Hispanic community of urban Denver. Possibilities include outreach, small groups, worship, youth, millennials, preaching, church administration, community development, and more. Intern could be full or part time.
Street2Life TShirt Print Shop (Summer only)- Intern will learn how to use business as ministry alongside our Street2Life Print Shop staff, learning how to run various administrative and business aspects of the print shop while also engaging in ministry activities and outreaches.
Our Mission is to show mercy, build community, and make disciples for Christ in urban Denver as an outreach of Open Door Fellowship Church. Open Door Ministries exists to provide practical help and hope to people in urban Denver who are homeless or low income. Our primary objective is to move people toward self-sufficiency by helping change the circumstances and life patterns that have held them captive to poverty and addictions. Through 14 distinct programs, we focus on tangible needs like food, shelter, access to education and employment training, as well as intangible needs such as friendship, hope, and Christian spiritual guidance. Since the issues faced by our friends tend to have many layers, Open Door has learned that the best way to help them succeed is to surround them with support, holistically empowering them to overcome obstacles, attain self-sufficiency, and thrive. Our History Open Door Ministries has grown over the years as an extension of Open Door Fellowship Church. Open Door Fellowship was started in 1984 for the express purpose of reaching the low-income populations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The church has always had a desire to help people with basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, education, job opportunities, etc. With these goals, it wasn’t long before specific people in the church were starting programs to assist people in these ways. In the early 90’s, a ministry to at-risk youth developed, focusing on tutoring and mentoring. Around this time, TRYAD began as a ministry to the disabled. In 1996, the Treasure House, a home for single moms, and Teen House, a home for girls living on the streets, began. In 1997, we began serving a weekly meal for the neighborhood. With all of these programs starting in a grass roots fashion, the church realized it needed a structure to manage them, so in May of 1997 Open Door Ministries was created. A board was constituted in December of 1997 and the new organization received its 501c3 in 1999.