Many have asked about the “qualifications” of the idea corps members for the Textile Village Service Corps. Below is a short list of qualities that are best suited to describe a beta year corps member:
- A college graduate or a person in their 20’s with life experience. Participants will be expected to hold themselves professionally in their workplaces, with a mature sense of self. The post-grad experience is tricky to navigate, at least that is what I felt to be true. I desire to see other young people work through the tension of growing up and staying youthful as they develop their own understanding a Gospel-led life.
- Local folks are the best folks for TVSC. I would love to keep the talent and passion we develop in the Upstate. One of the long-lasting benefits of this program, in comparison to others like it, is the potential to create lifelong volunteers in the programs with which we work. Stay here, make Greenville better!
- Corps members, for the beta year… AND BEYOND!… should be experiencing a faith journey, that is tied to a relationship with Jesus. It is not required that folks come in with a fully formed theology, in fact, the questioners are most welcomed! But, I would be remiss to say that a person experiencing spirituality with a non-Christian foundation would fit well. Service Corps programs are all over the country, I would be happy to direct any person who does not fit this mold to a better suited organization.
- A willing heart, open mind, and gracious soul are crucial. Living in community, working in intense environments, and practicing spiritual rhythms can be tricky all together. As is said, expect the unexpected!
Please, feel free to share this blog with anyone you know who may have these qualities. I would love to buy them coffee!