DOOR Network Philosophy of Ministry

Updated and approved December 2015 by the National Board

Who We Are

A faith-based network of cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development within the urban context. 

The Mission

DOOR is an opportunity to encounter the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing high quality, life-changing experiences for our participants, staff, board members, and the people in the communities where we are established. Our programming is rooted in the strength of local churches and communities, mutual respect, a culture of welcome and hospitality, and thoughtful reflection.

Our Statement of Faith

Recognizing the various faith traditions from which we come, this network commits to the following faith statement:

We consider Jesus Christ our model of living for God and the answer to human need, hostility, and violence; God commands us to: respect life, love all people (even our enemies), reconcile broken relationships, and pursue justice. Our bond with other followers of Jesus transcends all racial, social, economic, and national barriers. We view the Bible as our guide for faith and life.

Core Values

  • We believe, as followers of Jesus, that all people are created in the image of God.
  • We believe in respect for all peoples in all communities.
  • We seek peace and justice; simple and abundant living; service as a lifestyle in a community setting through diverse partnerships and education.

What we offer

We host participants from a weekend to a year and include opportunities for individuals and groups. People can participate through the following program options:

Discover: For groups to participate in coordinated weekend and weeklong trips designed to challenge them to “See the face of God in the city” as they spend time listening, volunteering, worshiping, and reflecting on their experiences

Discern: For individuals, primarily from our neighborhoods, to spend three to twelve months developing their leadership skills, discerning their call, and exploring vocational possibilities. During the Discover season these individuals play a key leadership role in exposing and educating visiting groups about the issues of race, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. They help visitors to connect faith and justice as they lead daily devotions, reflection, and prayer. 

Discern is an opportunity for emerging urban young adult leaders to hone life skills, grow professionally, and become exceptional leaders both in their community and the larger world.

Dwell: For individuals to spend a year living in intentional Christian community while serving in a local agency placement, worshiping in an urban congregation, and reflecting together as a community

The Strategy

We highlight the strengths of our cities in each program. We believe this is best accomplished through collaboration and mutuality. We collaborate with partner churches, organizations, and institutions because we believe that we have much to learn from others and the combination of DOOR with our partners creates a better experience for participants. We believe that service minded learning is best accomplished collaboratively. Listening and learning from various voices serves to enhance one’s understanding of God and God’s call. We believe in hearing God's call within community at both the individual level and our organizational level.