We offer year long apprenticeships for young adults who want to discover their place in God’s mission of reconciliation. Our city context provides a great place to explore the complexities and opportunities present in the United States.

Apprentices of the Urban Mission Center are asked to commit to the Temple House community, a missional community of young adults dwelling together in Benton Park West, an underserved neighborhood in St. Louis, MO. Temple House is committed to being a reconciling presence in our neighborhood.

Apprenticeships are one year opportunities running from September 6th, 2019 - August 14th, 2020.

The time commitment is 29 hours per week, and attendance is required at two out-of-town events: Regeneration in February and Central Bible and Leadership Institute in July. Weekly hours are split between the Urban Mission Center, a site placement at a local non-profit, and the Salvation Army Temple Corps. A $600 monthly stipend and furnished housing with utilities is provided.

Outside employment during the apprenticeship year is discouraged. Should a job be available that offers flexibility around a weekly schedule that will change often, it will need to be discussed with and approved by the Community Life Coordinator.

Your ORIENTATION to the apprenticeship will include:

  • Introductions and team building.

  • Spiritual gifts, personality, and leadership style inventories.

  • Tours of the city, our neighborhood, and key Salvation Army facilities.

  • An introduction to The Salvation Army.

  • Reading and discussing Thin Places: 6 Postures for Creating and Sustaining Missional Community.

DURING your time as an apprentice of the Urban Mission Center, you can expect to:

  • Practice the posture of listening by meeting regularly with a local mentor, attending local neighborhood gatherings, getting to know neighbors and nearby faith communities, and researching the history of Benton Park West.

  • Practice the posture of submerging by becoming a “regular” at local establishments, spending your time and money intentionally in our neighborhood, being present in the social and cultural rhythms of our neighborhood, and by serving at a local Salvation Army.

  • Practice the posture of inviting by hosting teams and individuals in our neighborhood, sharing meals with neighbors and community mates, working with the UMC on recruitment,  and accepting invitations from neighbors and businesses.

  • Practice the posture of contending by participating in local forums and dialog, serving with the Salvation Army among the marginalized of our society, caring for our homes and community garden, regularly taking prayer walks through the neighborhood, and examining the dynamics of our neighborhood and exposing injustices.

  • Practice the posture of imagining by developing innovation labs with the Urban Mission Center, seeking partnerships with others in our city who are progressively addressing issues of injustice, and joining imaginative dialog within the Temple House community.

  • Practice the posture of entrusting by accepting a leadership role at your Salvation Army site placement. This role will be based on your gifts and passions, along with the needs of The Salvation Army where you serve. Examples might include: programming for youth or families, developing recreation opportunities, mentoring or tutoring young people, leading worship, or starting a community garden.

At the CONCLUSION of your apprenticeship, you will:

  • Have experienced what it means to join God in his mission of reconciliation.

  • Understand the scope and mission of The Salvation Army’s work.

  • Have developed a network of professional and spiritual support for continued counsel.

  • Feel confident in making new connections and pursuing partnerships in urban settings.


  • $1500 Program Fee

  • Single, or married* Christian young adult (Age 18-29) with a High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Must be willing to live in shared space (private bedroom with shared common areas).

  • Weekly Sunday Worship attendance at The Salvation Army.

  • Weekly Temple House community gatherings.

  • A desire to live and serve in an urban context.

* our ability to accept married couples depends on housing availability. Both


CLICK HERE to apply now and email your resume and cover letter to adina_o’neal@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Questions? Send us a note below, or contact Adina O'Neal 314-333-9503.

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