We are here to serve San Francisco by volunteering with some amazing local ministries that do just that. We desire to be exceptional volunteers, prepared with wisdom and postured in humility and hospitality to serve well.
We also believe that effective urban ministry is communal; therefore, we do local ministry in teams that mutually support each other. Each team has a leader who is intimately connected with our church and the ministry, whose job is help you connect to the Ministry Partner you’re interested in serving with. We also have support teams that meet monthly to care for your health as you serve.
Because all of the local ministry that we engage in is focused on building genuine relationships, serving in the Local Ministry pathway typically requires a long-term commitment of at least 8 months. The volunteer opportunities we provide aim to enable rich and authentic relationships with our partner organizations and those they serve which inevitably require time, commitment, and persistence. We believe that the best experience between the volunteer, partner organization, and people they are serving is accomplished through an extended period of consistent involvement and engagement.
In line with our aim of serving well, we ask that everyone interested in joining a team attend our Local Ministry Training. This training, which occurs two or three times per year, aims to equip volunteers in basic foundations of effective urban ministry. Though some teams will on-board volunteers before they’ve been trained, most will not, and it is expected that those volunteers attend the next available training. In addition, if you want to join a local ministry team but aren’t yet sure which one, attend the training and we will help you discern which ministry best suits you. The next training is on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:30AM – 12PM at the Reality SF HQ. Register here.
For the upcoming season, there are currently six Local Ministry Teams which you can join as a volunteer: Because Justice Matters, Mission Graduates, and Young Life, City Hope, Old Skool Cafe, and New Door. Lastly, if you are interested in supporting one of these ministries but don’t have the capacity to commit to a team, check out our Local Ministry Classifieds where our partners share various one-off needs such as graphic design help or administrative support.