This strategy of volunteer engagement involves a team of Christ-followers, or movement of people living missionally and intentionally in predominantly ethnic neighborhoods throughout the Triangle. Those who relocate are cultivating discipleship relationships and fostering leadership for healthy neighborhoods by simply practicing radical obedience to the Great Commission, and living out philosophies of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).
People who love Jesus and love their neighbors
Living intentionally – prioritizing relationships with neighbors
Radical obedience to the message and commission of Christ
One of 4 key ethnic neighborhoods in the Triangle
Living out WRD's integral mission -- the fusion of word and deed -- by eating, praying, studying and serving with your team, in your neighborhood.
About The DWELL Initiative: International Communities
The DWELL Initiative was started to help people learn to love all of our neighbors in the Triangle. We believe that the best way to achieve this is by living intentionally and serving graciously so that the effects of the gospel can be tangible and the truth of the gospel can be proclaimed. The mission of DWELL is to help build intentional gospel communities in targeted neighborhoods by following the model provided in the book of John:
"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us... full of grace and truth." -John 1:14
DWELL relocates teams of people to live together in the same house or very close to one another to practice simple methods of spiritual formation and neighborhood engagement. Jesus said that our love for one another will demonstrate to the world how God feels about them and what He wants to do with them -- because of this command, we eat, pray, study and serve together as a means to cultivate spiritual formation, team unity and love for Jesus.
DWELL is not a program, it's just your life.
We want to live among people and in communities where the gospel can be brought alive again -- we want this to be a collaborative effort between churches, emphasizing local church leadership for each team.
Here's how it works:
Through this initiative, you will join dozens of others who are living in various community contexts. You will relocate into a neighborhood with a high population of foreign-born people, called an "international community." DWELL supports you in this through training, equipping, and providing emotional support for you as you transition into one of the four communities.
The most important qualification for DWELL is to obtain the support of your local church.
Think you're interested? Read through our next steps:
Contact KJ Hill, DWELL Initiative Director, to have an initial conversation about your interest: email WRDVolunteer@wr.org.
You will be sent a self-assessment that you are to complete and return to WRD following your initial conversation.
You will be contacted about scheduling a face-to-face interview with Zach Bond.
Once you receive an application, you will fill out the form and return to WRD.
Also, be sure to read through our essential factors for relocators:
We know that the factors listed below are things we can miss the mark on day to day -- our expectation isn't for you to be perfect, but we do want you to be prepared for what it takes when you relocate. That being said, we expect you to be:
Teachable, humble, and have a learner's attitude.
Intentional about spending time developing relationships.
Willing to face struggles and difficulties.
Know that God has called you to relocate/return/remain.
Have a servant's attitude.
Actively look for ways to use your gifts and resources in the community.
Open to appreciating the differences of another culture.
Be genuine and sincere.
Willing to be a neighbor, in order to love the residents with Christ's love.
Things to Consider about Relocation:
You're taking a big step, and we get that -- we don't expect you to know everything before you start, but we do want you to have an idea of what you're jumping into. Here are a few things for you to keep in mind as you consider joining the DWELL Initiative:
Don't come with the attitude that you alone will save the community.
Be realistic about the security needs of your family.
Be willing to risk being misunderstood by people who may question your motives for being there.
Realize that you may be "ripped off."
Learn to deal with seeing people hurt when you can't always help them... be vulnerable, be honest, deal with integrity.
Consider the emotional stability of your family.
Really consult with your spouse and children.
Our essential factors and things to consider for relocation are adopted from the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).
For another look into what it looks like to relocate, take a look at this video: