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The Mennonite Worker (formerly Missio Dei) in Minneapolis is accepting applications for apprentices. “Apprenticeship” is essentially what we Mennonite Workers call folks during their first year of residing in the community.
Founded in 2003, we are an urban intentional community and Mennonite congregation that includes residential members and members who live nearby. We are committed to following Jesus’ way of simplicity (seeking a sustainable life with a healthy relationship to possessions), hospitality (inviting friends and strangers to share life together), prayer (being rooted in life-giving spiritual rhythms), peacemaking (breaking our addiction to power as we get in the way of violence and injustice), and resistance (naming and challenging oppression wherever we find it as we seek to embody an alternative).
We currently operates two community houses: Clare House and Sattler House. Each house has a mix of community members, temporary residents, and guests. Each house is the home to a garden and a brood of chickens. Sattler House is located at 3312 31st Ave S in Minneapolis. Clare House is located at 2717 8th Street S in Minneapolis.
At the Mennonite Worker, the apprenticeship period is at least 9 months long. One’s apprenticeship can be a time to come learn about Christian intentional community with the goal of moving on at the end of the apprenticeship. Others come intending of becoming members at the end of their internship.
An apprentice will live in one of our community houses and participate in our way of life with us. They are also encouraged to work part time in the area (though we ask apprentices to limit their out-of-community workload). Apprentices may participate in offering hospitality to overnight guests, cooking, bicycle repair, gardening, dumpstering, hosting visiting groups, food preservation, prayer, protests, learning activities, worship, etc.
Our apprenticeship is largely unstructured. It is a “jump in with both feet” learning environment. Apprentices learn by participating in the existing way of life of our community with the occasional learning experience thrown in. Because of this, we are specifically looking for motivated self-starters who are excited about meeting new people and being stretched. In particular, as we are in the middle of a major housing transition (as we raise funds for the purchase and renovation of a large fixer-upper), we would particularly welcome folks who are excited to help with renovation work, fundraising events, painting, decorating, etc
Apprentices are often encouraged to develop an apprenticeship project–something that helps them live into their vocation that benefits the community. Past projects have included building chicken-coops, creating a bicycle workshop, helping develop workshops, and more.