Summer Mission Teams 2020

Summer Mission Team (SMT) applications for 2020 are now available!

SMT is a Salvation Army leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in a seven week team missions experience.

  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 9, 2020.
  • This year there are 5 SMT’s: 3 overseas teams, 1 Central Territory team, and 1 CAST (Creative Arts Service Team).
  • The deadline for application materials is February 19, 2020.

Summer Mission Team 2020

2017 Summer Mission Team Apps

The World Missions Department is pleased to share that the applications for Summer Mission Team (SMT) 2017 are now available.

  • SMT is a leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in a seven-week team missions experience.
  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 12, 2017.
  • All applications and endorsements/recommendations will be completed online this year at centralmissions.org/smt2017. A completed application will include:
    • Online application
    • Corps Officer Endorsement
    • DYS Endorsement & DC (or Divisional Representative) Endorsement
    • Recommendation #1 – completed by a Teacher or Employer
    • Recommendation #2 – completed by a Spiritual Mentor
    • Recommendation #3 – completed by an adult non-relative who can comment on the applicant’s character, spiritual life and work ethic.
  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to distribute endorsement/recommendation forms and follow up with the World Missions Department to make sure all application materials have been received by the February 22, 2017 deadline.
  • The SMT announcement will be made by Friday, March 3. Team members will need to report for SMT March orientation at THQ in Hoffman Estates from March 17-19.

Happy applying!

2016 Summer Missions Teams Announced!

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In case you missed it, the Territorial World Missions Department announced the 2016 Summer Missions Teams, and we’re so excited that we have 15 delegates from Metro going this year! How cool is that? As you read the list below, be sure to congratulate them (if you haven’t already), and commit to pray for them.

CAST
Sandra Cabrera* – Wichita Citadel
Brianna Kruse – Duluth
Mikal Mathews – Arnold
Keziah Selma – Tacloban, Philippines
Edward Vere – Des Plaines
Jacob Wise – Holland

Central
Sara Ruthberg* – Oakbrook Terrace
Jessica Butler – Bloomington, IL
DJ Crosby – Norridge
Corrina DeLacy – Rockford Temple
Victoria O’Neil – Gateway Citadel
Kaleigh Wise – Holland

Hungary
Michelle Winters* – Rockford Temple
Caitlin Balliet – Oak Creek
Kayla Bohannon – Warren
Summer Koehler – Oakbrook Terrace
Andrew Mahone – Sterling Rock Falls
Stephen Richardson – St. Louis Temple

Kenya
Amanda Tregellas* – Oak Creek
Keyarah Banks – Port Huron
Heidi Hurula – Oakbrook Terrace
Rachel Minter – Norridge
Briana Staggers – Chicago Temple
Geron Williams – Evanston
Matthew Winters – Rockford Temple

Mexico
Greg Hurula* – Oakbrook Terrace
Makayla Broer – Eagle Creek
Shannon Cabrera – Wichita Citadel
Kimberly DeSantiago – East Chicago
Jose Lopez Morales – Rockford Temple
Johanna Sveden – Crystal Lake

* indicates team leader

Apply for Summer Mission Team 2016

We are pleased to share that applications are now available for Summer Mission Team 2016! SMT is a leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in an eight-week team missions experience.

Please see below for more information, including qualifications, requirements and deadlines.

  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 13, 2016
  • All applications will be completed online 
  • In addition to the online application, applicants must distribute the following endorsement/recommendation forms, available on the application website (as pdfs or electronic/online forms):
    • Corps Officer Endorsement
    • DYS Endorsement & DC (or Divisional Representative) Endorsement
    • Recommendation #1 – completed by a Teacher or Employer
    • Recommendation #2 – completed by a Spiritual Mentor
    • Recommendation #3 – completed by an adult non-relative who can comment on the applicant’s character, spiritual life and work ethic.
  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to distribute endorsement/recommendation forms and follow up with the World Missions Department to make sure all application materials have been received by the February 17, 2016 deadline.
  • This year we will have 5 Summer Mission Teams – 3 overseas teams, 1 Central Territory Team, and 1 CAST (Creative Arts Service Team). CAST will be organized in cooperation with the Territorial Music & Gospel Arts Department.
  • All applicants will complete the same application, but those interested in CAST will be required to submit additional application materials and a video audition at a later date.
  • The deadline for all application materials is February 17, 2016.

Summer Mission Team 2015 Applications Now Available!

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What is Summer Mission Team?

Summer Mission Team (SMT) is a leadership development program that invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in an eight-week team missions experience. While the teams minister with The Salvation Army overseas or throughout the Midwest, they are given the opportunity to discover God’s plan for all people to be part of His Kingdom. Summer Mission Team members also benefit from gaining a broader perspective of The Salvation Army.

Qualifications for Applicants

  • Active Salvationist (must own and be willing to wear uniform as assigned)
  • 18-28 years of age
  • Must have the endorsement of the Corps Officer and Divisional Headquarters.
  • Visibly demonstrate love for God and compassion for others.
  • Proven leadership ability. Successful involvement in corps or divisional leadership.
  • Specific skills and experience in teaching, public speaking, children’s ministry, evangelism, gospel arts or construction.
  • Evangelistic zeal and a clear personal witness.
  • Knowledge of the Bible
  • Emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Tolerant personality / Even temperament
  • Desire to learn / Teachability
  • Friendliness / Approachability
  • Hands-on ministry and service experience
  • Previous missions experience preferred

How do I apply?

All applicants must complete their application online. Click the link to see a list of detailed instructions for this process. All online applications, endorsement forms, and recommendations must be received by the World Missions Department no later than January 17, 2015. The World Missions Department will present the applications to the Territorial Selection Committee for their review and selection of the Summer Mission Teams during the first full week of February 2015. The second week of February you will be notified that you have been selected for a team, selected as an alternate, or the committee has not been able to place you.

Summer Mission Team 2014

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The World Missions Bureau at THQ is pleased to share that the applications for Summer Mission Team (SMT) 2014 are now available.

  • SMT is a leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in an eight-week team missions experience.
  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28.
  • Central Territory (in-country) teams will return to the SMT program again this year! SMT 2014 will consist of 5 total teams – 3 overseas teams and 2 Central Territory (in-country) teams. One of the Central Territory teams will have a drama emphasis so if you are gifted in this area, please initial number 7 on the “Agreement by Applicant” page.
  • The deadline for all application materials is January 17, 2014.

In order to start the application process, fill out the 2014 SMT Interest Form and send it in. When you submit the interest form to the World Missions Bureau, they will send an application directly to you, with a copy to the Divisional Youth Secretary (Lts. Michael and Kristina Sjogren). By having a record at THQ of who is interested in applying, they are able to contact applicants in January as the deadline approaches to let them know if any references or other application materials are missing.

Why not pray about this amazing opportunity to serve the Lord, and see where He leads? For more info, go to the Summer Mission Team website.

Central Territory Summer Missions Team 2012

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, we wanted to post the Central Territory’s 2012 Summer Mission Teams (SMT). It’s so cool to see how God is moving in the lives of our teens and young adults from this Division. Make sure you congratulate them, and commit to pray for them. Those who have been accepted will be spending an intense 8 weeks in their given location to be used to grow God’s Kingdom through evangelism, service projects, and more.

On behalf of the Metro Youth Department, congrats to everyone going on SMT 2012! It’s a wonderful privilege that will change your life forever!

Caribbean
1. Andres Villatoro* – Rockford, Metro
2. Caleb Allan – Oakbrook Terrace, Metro
3. Eric Chung – Mayfair, Metro
4. Veronica Cintron – Bloomington, Indiana
5. Areli Garcia – Norfolk, Western
6. Jasmine McCoy – Gary/Merrillville, Metro
7. Brittany Nichols – Wayne-Westland, Eastern Michigan

Hungary
1. Megan Polsley* – Oakbrook Terrace, Metro
2. David Chang – Mayfair, Metro
3. Sarah Eddy – Bloomington, Heartland
4. Valerie Janson – Oakbrook Terrace, Metro
5. Kenneth Jones – Detroit Harding, Eastern Michigan
6. Michelle Winters – Rockford, Metro

Kenya
1. Jamison Taube* – Oak Creek, Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
2. Alexis Benefield – Wayne-Westland, Eastern Michigan
3. Clayton Cox – Oakbrook Terrace, Metro
4. Titiana Flax – Gary/Merrillville, Metro
5. Lance Hill – Royal Oak, Eastern Michigan
6. Rachel Moe – Rockford, Metro
7. Nancy Valentin – Irving Park, Metro

Ukraine
1. Alexandra Cox* – Oakbrook Terrace, Metro
2. Alexandra Anderson – Sheboygan, Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
3. Joshua Hubbard – Wayne-Westland, Eastern Michigan
4. Melissa Hulett – Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan
5. Dennis Jolly – Dearborn Heights, Eastern Michigan
6. Elizabeth Turner – Norridge, Metro

Apply for 2012 Summer Mission Teams!

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow in your walk with the Lord, serve in a team setting, and develop your leadership skills?

It may be the year to consider applying for the Central Territory Summer Mission Team!

Each year The Salvation Army offers an opportunity for young adults to work alongside Salvationists all over the world through the Summer Mission Team (SMT) program. SMT is a leadership development program that invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in an eight-week team missions experience.

Whether you are painting an orphanage in the Caribbean, weighing babies in South Africa, or talking to people in an open market in Argentina, being on the frontlines of ministry will open your eyes to God’s love for the nations and help you discover His plan for all people to be part of His Kingdom. You’ll develop a clearer worldview, a better understanding of the commonality of the human experience, and a broader perspective of The Salvation Army.

Click here to meet a few of the young adults whose lives were transformed through a summer of ministry.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Qualifications for Applicants:

  1. Active member of The Salvation Army (Salvationist). Must own and be willing to wear uniform as assigned.
  2. 18-28 years of age
  3. Must have the endorsement of the Corps Officer and Divisional Headquarters.
  4. Visibly demonstrate love for God and compassion for others.
  5. Proven leadership ability. Successful involvement in corps or divisional leadership
  6. Specific skills/experience in teaching, public speaking, children’s ministry, evangelism, gospel arts or construction
  7. Evangelistic zeal and a clear personal witness.
  8. Knowledge of the Bible
  9. Emotional and spiritual maturity
  10. Tolerant personality / Even temperament
  11. Desire to learn / Teachability
  12. Friendliness / Approachability
  13. Hands-on ministry and service experience
  14. Previous missions experience preferred

Team members are selected through an application process and by a committee dedicated to making sure the teams are committed to God and the mission of The Salvation Army.

Is this the year you should apply?

Don’t wait! Have a talk with your corps officer, then fill out and submit the online SMT interest form.

For more information about the Summer Mission Team or ministry opportunities in your area e-mail:
[email protected]

Summer Mission Teams 2007

Chile
1. Lindsey Bailey – Oakbrook Terrace
2. Jaclyn Davisson – Santiago, Chile
3. James Davisson – Norridge
4. Kirsten Gorton – Oakbrook Terrace
5. Jon Taube – Hammond/Munster
6. Angelica Vasquez – LaVillita
7. Damon Winters – Oakbrook Terrace

South Africa
1. TBA
2. Alberto Carrión – Rockford Temple
3. Katy Clark – Kalamazoo
4. Doug Engle – Royal Oak
5. Grant Holloway – Kalamazoo
6. Ceamona Hood – Tri-Cities
7. Sarah Kincaid – Oakbrook Terrace

Spain
1. Nate Himes – Norridge
2. Gabriel Carrión – Rockford Temple
3. Jackie Felt – Oakbrook Terrace
4. Erica Johnson – Tri-Cities
5. Keri Polsley – Oakbrook Terrace
6. Barrett Shoults – Oakbrook Terrace

7. Ryan Smith – Kankakee

Central 1
1. Amy Kruger – Rochester
2. Rachel Aren – Dearborn Heights
3. Alex Cox – Oakbrook Terrace
4. Amy Eagle – Pekin
5. Breann Massey – Petoskey
6. Ashlee Norris – Des Moines
7. Carolyn Romin – Des Plaines

Central 2
1. TBA
2. Astrid Carrión – Rockford Temple
3. See Chang – Northbrook
4. Eric Gorton – Oakbrook Terrace
5. Audrey Hickman – Oakbrook Terrace

6. Carolyn Meyer – Port Huron
7. David Moran – LaVillita

Argentina Interns
1. Elyse Dalberg – Oakbrook Terrace
2. Viki Payton – Oakbrook Terrace

Haiti Interns
1. Briana Dalberg – Lakewood
2. Sarah Kistler – Des Plaines

Way to go Metro!

(Summer Mission Teams are an incredible ministry opportunity for Young Salvationists. I know that this year’s competition was very steep and that many qualified and gifted Soldiers were turned away. If you are interested in another practical and intense missions experience you should consider Band of Survivors. Ten former Band of Survivors were accepted to this years Summer Mission Teams. Email me for an application. Please also consider working at Camp Wonderland this summer.)