The Damascus Full-Time Missionary Program is built upon four pillars — Formation, Community, Discipleship, and Mission.
Disciple comes from the word meaning “learner.” As disciples of Jesus Christ, our missionaries enter into a two-year formation program, focusing on identity, leadership and other key areas of living a wholistic life for the Lord. Through 112 weekly sessions over the course of the two-year program, missionaries learn more about themselves, more about others, and above all, more about God and His nature.
Our missionary community will sharpen you. Missionaries live in men’s and women’s households that pray together, live life together, and evangelize together. Christian communal living calls you out of yourself and into radical love of Jesus and radical love of others.
As disciples of Jesus, we are all called to disciple others and to be discipled ourselves. At Damascus, our pastoral leadership team walks with each individual missionary. Missionaries are empowered in their process and equipped to step into authentic confidence and true freedom, so that they can do the same for the young people entrusted to their care.
Many Christians are afraid to take a risk for Jesus. As missionaries, in addition to on-site retreat ministry, you will be invited to outreach in schools and parishes and will be given opportunities for evangelization and prayer ministry in public settings.
Prospective missionaries must have graduated from high school by June 2021 in order to apply for the full-time missionary program.
The mission year begins with mission support raising, starting in late March and running through May. The last Monday in May of 2021, all missionaries arrive at Damascus, located in Centerburg, Ohio, and they start their time on mission with roughly twelve weeks of service at Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Full-time missionaries will return to Damascus to begin the fall season, and after the fall season, they will return after a Christmas break to begin the spring season. The year of service will conclude in May 2022.
Missionaries live on campus in men’s and women’s houses.
This year, our goal is to have 45-60 full-time missionaries.
Yes. Each missionary is asked to raise support to cover their cost of living for the year. Financial support, made to Damascus, provides for missionary compensation, food, lodging, utilities, a ministry-related gas/food reimbursement, and other outreach opportunities throughout the year. In March, each missionary will go through an intensive Mission Support Raising Training, using some of the best practical and biblically-founded methods for raising mission support.
Mission Support Raising goals are based on of the financial needs of each missionary, but the goal is to raise between $500/month and $2500/month. Rest assured. Our Mission Support Raising team will give you the materials and the methods to confidently reach full support!
October 15th – Missionary Applications Open
January 15th – Missionary Applications Close
Interview Dates TBD
February 28th – Missionary Team Announced
March 7th – Decisions Due
March 19th-21st – Mission Support Raising Training