About the Motor City Mission Corps

Where do we come from?

The Motor City Mission Corps started as a conversation seeking creative ways to reengage young adults with the work of the Gospel and to join in the ongoing rebuilding of the city of Detroit.

Recently reemerging from bankruptcy, Detroit has begun to experience a new day. For decades, Detroit communities have endured disinvestment of resources from the city. First this was through the departure of the ready employment represented by the heavy industry that built the city. Then, many white residents, left in fear of people of color moving into their neighborhoods and in pursuit of the jobs that were moving ahead of them into the suburbs. Finally, it was the collapse of basic city services as many lost their homes in the housing crisis of 2008.

This adversity has inspired creativity. The people of Detroit are transforming a crumbling city. Bit by bit, through individual leadership and public/private partnerships the city is in the midst of an exciting comeback.

The Motor City Mission Corps is the creative response of the Presbytery of Detroit to the needs of the city. Our volunteers will play a role in rebuilding the city by partnering with nonprofit organizations already involved in that good work. They will bring a critical eye to the structures of racism at work in Detroit and work to create new just systems. Volunteers will explore what it means to discern where God is calling them to take part in building God’s kingdom.

Our Mission

Motor City Mission Corps engages young adults in transformative mission to inspire a lifetime of service.


Christian Community

Volunteers live together in community, committing to mutual support and friendship throughout their year. While everyone will have a unique work experience, they will share reflection on their service and their developing relationship with God, the Church and the communities they serve.

Urban Basic Living

Volunteers are challenged to live their year of service abundantly with less. Participants receive a small stipend to cover essentials and work with their fellow volunteers and site coordinator to come up with creative options for transportation and local food options.

Working for Equitable Communities

Adopting an anti-racist perspective asks all of us to actively embrace the other and step beyond our comfort zones. We look at history and the way that power affects the development of community and the balance of our own relationships. Volunteers will work to confront the systemic challenges of race, class, gender, and power, while learning to examine their own lives and actions.

Spiritual Engagement & Growth

Through theological reflection and spiritual practices, volunteers will learn to recognize the patterns of God’s work and listen for God’s leading. Participants will be encouraged to discover their own natural leadership style and how to adapt to their own weaknesses. They will put faith into action as they serve alongside local people of faith responding to poverty, violence, and injustice in their communities, sharing the gospel through word and deed.


The Motor City Mission Corps is a ministry of the Presbytery of Detroit, part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and was inspired by the Young Adult Volunteer program of the PCUSA.

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