Life as an Interyear Fellow
“A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all of listening to the poor, and a community life through which all its members can grow in their own gift.” – Jean Vanier
What we offer
This is the invitation. We offer you a chance to be an integral part of a community focused on growth. Are you drawn to contemplative spirituality and also have a desire to be actively engaged in transforming the world around us? Do you have an idea of what kind of person God is calling you to be, but not sure how best to get there? Come spend a year with others on the same journey and we’ll close the gap together.
“A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all of listening to the poor, and a community life through which all its members can grow in their own gift.”
Each Fellow is placed in a local ministry or non-profit. Read below to learn more about who they are and where they are currently serving. You can also follow the link for each Fellow to help support their fundraising efforts. If you’d like to become a Fellow, too, you can apply here.
Ellie Mullins is from Lexington, Kentucky. She just recently graduated from Milligan College where she earned her BA in sociology with a minor in psychology. During her time in college, she had the privilege of serving a semester internship with Mountain Christian Church right outside of Baltimore, Maryland. There she served on the global and local ministry teams where the Lord continued to foster a passion for working with underprivileged youth and ignited a new passion for international ministry. The following two summers, Ellie served as an intern at a children’s human trafficking rehabilitation home in Ghana, West Africa. Her international experience led her to further serve underprivileged youth in the cities, leading her to serve with LXI.
At LXI, she will be responsible for managing and working with college volunteers to carry out their programs. Two of those main programs are Launch - an after-school discipleship program, and Amplify - a Tuesday night program that offers, food, fellowship, and learning.
Linda Hooker is from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Milligan College where she earned her BA in English with minors in human relations and Bible and credentials to teach secondary education. Her experience includes over fifteen years of full-time teaching in public, private, and Christian schools with a variety of learners from different ages in Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan in the United States and in Canada, Mexico, and Mozambique, Africa. She is a flexible, compassionate, hardworking team player who is continually evolving as an educational professional. Teaching and life-long learning are her passions, as are students of all ages.
She will be serving with Appalachia Service Project and the ReFrame Association in marketing and communications (particularly with partner organizations and donors), event planning and execution, assistance with special projects, and database management.
Job & Stipend
One of the biggest struggles in life can be finding a place to work that gives you purpose. This is your point of entry for Interyear Fellowship. You will participate in the decision about which partner organization you will work with during the year, gaining valuable hands on experience. Each Fellow will also receive a monthly stipend of $250 for personal expenses.
Housing & Community
Discovering the right place to live can be another big factor as you settle into a new job and community. All of the Fellows will live under the same roof and contribute to the daily life of the household. Interyear will provide funds for groceries, utilities, internet, and other services. With a built-in community of like-minded individuals who are going through the same experience, you will become a source of strength and encouragement for each other.
Learning & growth
This will be a year filled with exposure to new concepts and ideas in a space that is safe. We believe that developing a firm foundation of contemplative spiritual practices will help provide you with the tools needed to explore questions about your faith, issues of justice and equality, calling and purpose.
We ask all of our Fellows to raise $3,000 that will contribute to the overall cost of living and program expenses for the year. However, we do not want the cost to be a barrier for you to experience Interyear Fellowship. We recognize that not everyone that who wants to participate will have access to a network that could raise that amount of money, but we will help support each Fellow to help them reach their goal.
Participating in Interyear Fellowship will ask a lot from you. In addition to having a full-time job, you will walk through challenging curriculum, engage in other service activities in the community, and be expected to take time to develop spiritual disciplines. One way we will help you accomplish this is by crafting a Rule of Life that will guide you in how best to structure your time in order to fit everything in. It won’t be easy.
As you might expect, moving into a home with other roommates whom you likely don’t know and are expected to spend the next year with, is going to be difficult. You will be stretched and the limits of your patience will be tested. We ask for you to be flexible and gracious as everyone strives to fall into a rhythm that works best for the whole group.
All of the Fellows will live under one roof, each contributing to the life of the household.
You will be responsible to help with all the activities that will sustain the community – shopping, cooking, cleaning, and sharing meals together.
Each day will be bookended by prayer, morning and evening.
During the day, you will serve in a nonprofit or ministry, gaining valuable experience bringing about social change within the Johnson City, TN area.
You will build in a structure of practicing spiritual disciplines such as journaling, fasting, prayer, and silence, to help create a solid foundation of personal and spiritual growth.
Day of discernment
Every Friday, the Fellows will refrain from going to your job and will participate in a Day of Discernment filled with study, reflection, and conversation.
hospitality & service
Each month will present occasions for hospitality and service together.
To help engage with the broader community in Christ, you will walk together in order to understand yourself, the world around you, and provide some clarity for your vocation.
What to Expect
It will be a full schedule, but as the year progresses, you will begin to feel a pattern of work and rest, study and fellowship, tuning your heart and life to a different rhythm. You can see below for the timeline and learn more about the different Strands that hold Interyear Fellowship together.
At Interyear Fellowship, we believe that our lives must be defined by intention and purpose if we are to accomplish the work God has prepared for us. To simplify our approach, we have defined our programming into four strands: Service, Intentional Christian Community, Spiritual Formation, and Vocational Discernment. These strands will weave together throughout the year to create a clearer picture for each of our Fellows as they plan to take their next most faithful steps in serving the kingdom of God. Follow the link below to learn more about each Strand.