“The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. We proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive.”
Joining The Culture Project International as a missionary involves a commitment to Formation, Prayer, and Service. Each of these “pillars” flow from the foundation of Community Living, which is essential to the accomplishment of our mission.
ommunity is part of each missionary’s commitment – living, praying, and working together. We believe in giving young adults the practical framework to grow in virtue and to develop rich, long-lasting friendships through intentional community life. Each team naturally forms its own community dynamic, developing a partnership to help one another accomplish the mission together as a family. It is from this foundation of community that our entire mission flows.
ach missionary experiences in-depth formation as part of our staff training. We believe that the total formation of the human person is key to cultural restoration – not just knowledge of the mind, but the mind integrated with a passionate heart and a motivated spirit. Thus, our entire staff of new and veteran missionaries spends two months together for intellectual, spiritual, and human formation. They receive training from experts in the arts of public speaking, personal fundraising, prayer, and topics concerning human life and sexuality.
he Culture Project missionaries commit to daily Mass, holy hour, and common prayer. We encourage all of our missionaries to spend their holy hour in front of the Holy Eucharist as often as possible. Here we realize our absolute dependence on the Lord, the Church, and the Sacraments for growing in virtue and enduring in our mission.
ur missionary program equips and sends young adults out to proclaim the messages of human dignity and sexual integrity nationally and internationally. Our speakers give presentations in conventional settings such as schools, youth groups, and conferences. We are also committed to engaging culture in unconventional settings, evangelizing on college campuses, bars, and local community events. Our speakers also have a prayerful presence outside of businesses that violate human dignity, such as abortion facilities and pornographic video stores, in an effort to unite communities in overcoming these violations.
Each missionary builds a team of mission partners who agree to support their mission work. An important part of the formation offered by CP includes instruction on how to successfully support raise. We believe that the relationship built between missionaries and their financial support team is an important part of building the foundation upon which The Culture Project thrives. Our missionaries would not be able to execute their mission without the spiritual and moral support of their personal support teams.
The Culture Project’s recognizes a non-profit’s success is the direct result of the gratuity of others, and therefore utilizes the model of deputized fundraising. Secondly, we affirm the Church’s Social Teachings on the dignity of work and one’s right to a just wage. Therefore, the Culture Project utilizes support raising to sustain and compensate its mission staff employees.
Support raising is itself a ministry. By allowing the members of the Church to fund this work, we are reminded that we are working directly for the people of God. Fundraising acts as a unique method of evangelization to a missionary’s respective home community. Through a personal invitation to become a mission partner, missionaries are able to proclaim the messages of human dignity and sexual integrity to their own communities. Restoration of our culture does not happen solely by interacting with youth, but also through intentionality in our own communities, enriching relationships and learning from those who support our mission
The minimum amount each missionary must fundraise before being sent on active ministry is $1250/month. However, the true amount of monthly income should be based on expenses, bills, loans, administrative fees, and other needs necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. We understand financial provision for these basics are crucial in order to have the freedom to effectively serve on mission. For this reason, the Culture Project provides housing and an optional health insurance plan. The Culture Project will also provide the support, encouragement, and time necessary for missionaries to fundraise adequately.
All applications are received online. To apply, fill out the application at www.restoreculture.com/apply. Upload your resume, cover letter, and a headshot along with the application. Once your application is reviewed, we will contact you to schedule an initial phone interview. The rest of the application process will be explained to you at that time.
The first year of mission is an intense and transformative time. Missionaries commit to giving of themselves completely for a time not only to the apostolate of speaking but also to their community. There is much self-reflection and growth that happens in this first year that calls for investment spiritually and emotionally. By participating in a dating fast during their first year, missionaries have the freedom to wholeheartedly invest themselves in friendships and enter into a transformational time of mission in a way that will form and prepare them for future relationships and vocational discernment.
If a potential missionary is already in a committed relationship before applying to The Culture Project Mission Program, they do not need to end their relationship in order to be considered for the acceptance.
We would ask that a missionary not take a step forward into engagement during his or her first year of mission. This would be discussed further during the interview process.
Absolutely. The training we provide to missionaries will foster growth in an array of professional skills. Soft and hard skills gained by a missionary year include public speaking, professional fundraising, writing, project management, networking, communication and problem-solving skills–all of which would make any Culture Project veteran a great hire!
In addition, The Culture Project’s mission program is a great aid for those discerning the priesthood and/or religious life. Our community structure is based on the simple Benedictine model of “work and prayer”. We invite and encourage all of our applicants and missionaries to consider this kind of vocational calling.
The Culture Project provides health insurance to any missionary who needs it.
We know that many of our prospective missionaries have thousands of dollars in student debt. The Culture Project does not believe debt and finances should deter people from considering mission work. Because we care deeply about the financial stability of our employees, we offer programs to help our mission staff thrive in their unique financial situations. Beyond helping our missionaries simply pay for their basic expenses – we give our missionaries sound financial skills for the rest of their lives.
Our financial program includes a comprehensive Support Raising Seminar where we train our missionaries to fundraise for their mission work. After developing and implementing a fundraising plan, missionaries use the months of July and August to meet with potential donors as they share the mission of the Culture Project and invite potential donors to join their monthly support team.
Like with regular income, missionaries pay for their basic expenses, pay off student debt, purchase a vehicle for ministry, and prepare for their vocation. The Culture Project provides its missionaries with housing as well as a comprehensive health insurance plan so missionaries are able to focus on their basic expenses, and therefore give themselves fully to the mission.
In addition to support raising, we offer opportunities to learn financial responsibility where our missionaries are encouraged to build monthly budgets, overcome debt, and create savings. We believe in forming each of our employees and we know that personal finance is crucial for our employees to grow in virtue and for our organization to flourish.
We have greatly succeeded in helping our missionaries thrive financially. For the 2015-2016 academic year, our missionaries individually raised between $1,250 – $3,500 per month.
Though working for The Culture Project is much more than a 9-5 job, the missionaries have adequate personal time. Whether it is in staying fit, practicing music, painting, brewing, reading, or any hobby, it is important that missionaries engage in activities of leisure, which contribute to their personal flourishing. We serve this mission best when we do things that awaken our passion and help us to be fully alive.
We currently have three different teams of missionaries. Those who serve on stationary teams live in our men’s and women’s community houses. Travel teams typically either stay with host families or other accommodations provided by the diocese in which they serve. Team placement happens over the summer after the initial month of training. Each speaker is placed on a team based on mutual discernment between the missionary and the support staff.
Don’t worry! Every missionary undergoes intensive speaker training as part of the formation process. Even missionaries who previously had a fear of public speaking have finished their year confident and comfortable presenting in front of groups!
The level of professionalism expected from all Culture Project team members is that of a college graduate. Our missionaries come from many different backgrounds and fields of study. We strive to utilize the different talents and areas of expertise that each of our missionaries possess.
It is encouraged that missionaries finish college before embarking on this mission program; however, we will consider applicants who do not have a college degree. Postgraduate work experience is a great asset to our organization, though not necessary to apply.
All new and current missionaries arrive for a month of initial training on June 1st.
Daily schedules differ slightly for each team. Some days consist of back-to-back talks in schools, others could be hosting youth or young adult groups, working in the office on various projects, attending conferences or events for ongoing formation, and/or preparing for evening events with your community. In all the different avenues of our mission, missionaries commit to a joyful service in both large and small tasks.
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