HOW TO MOVE IN
1. CONNECT WITH US
2. FIND A NEIGHBOURHOOD
3. MOBILIZE A TEAM
4. FIND A UNIT TO LIVE IN
5. PRAY WEEKLY
6. PLUG IN
What do most MoveIn teams look like?
Teams are made up of members of all ages, with most MoveIners in their 20’s and 30’s. They work regular jobs or go to school. Teams vary in size from as few as 2, to as many as 20 people!
How long-term are MoveIners?
We move in for an indefinite period of time. We don’t encourage short-term but rather long-term involvement in our communities, in part so we are not drifting in and out of peoples’ lives. Our prayer is that people who move in will see it as a lifestyle choice for the rest of their lives.
What is required of MoveIners?
Every team member must join their team in prayer for their neighbourhood once a week. Activity with neighbours beyond that develops naturally from those prayers.
Can you help me find teammates and an apartment?
We are doing our best to connect people with a similar vision. As soon as we hear of someone else wanting to move into your city or neighbourhood, we will let you know right away (make sure your neighbourhood can be found on the map). Finding an apartment can sometimes be a long process. However, we are in it with you; praying for you and cheering you on every step of the way.
Do families with kids move in? What about safety and education?
It sounds scary for kids to grow up in urban poor neighbourhoods. But dozens of MoveIner families all over the world have found this to be a big blessing for their family as a whole, including their kids. We’d be happy to connect you with one of these families to hear firsthand about what it’s like!
What challenges do MoveIners face?
Spiritual warfare, interpersonal issues, pests, disappointment and more. It can only be done by God’s power.
How do teams meet their neighbours?
They meet them naturally, the same way they might meet anyone else — in elevators, hallways, lobbies and laundry rooms. They meet them by visiting the local park, attending community groups or starting their own. They meet them by holding community dinners for neighbours on their floor. These are just a few ways.
Who are MoveIners accountable to?
A MoveIner is accountable to his or her own community; namely, family, peers, employer and church. MoveIners are not individually accountable to the MoveIn Vision Team, whose role is mobilization and support in the form of guidance, resources, and networking. MoveIn values the wider body of Christ, and every MoveIner is expected to be plugged into a local church.
What does your staff team do?
We call our staff team the “MoveIn Vision Team”. As this movement grows and takes root in new regions, the MoveIn Vision Team is working to spread the vision, gain understanding, start new teams, and support the movement. As we work towards seeing the vision fulfilled for thousands of Christians to move in, today we are supporting the hundreds who already have taken this step. We are coaching, providing resources and training, mobilizing prayer support, and building synergy and solidarity across a global movement.
Interested in joining the Vision Team? Click CONNECT in the menu bar to hear more about current opportunities. Vision Team members are also required to be members of MoveIn teams.
What is a “patch”?
MoveIn designates a “patch” as a community with the following identifications: low-income population / home to unreached people groups / high-density city region.
Do teams plant churches?
Some teams are church plants. This is a purpose that is decided upon by the team. It is an ideal community to foster new believers with Bible study, fellowship, and discipleship.
What if there are existing ministries or Christians reaching out in a patch?
Those who have gone before and are reaching out in the neighbourhoods we move into are our heroes. We desire to learn from and work with these brothers and sisters in Christ.
RESOURCES FOR MOVEINERS
The MoveIn Vision Team exists to equip and support “MoveIners”. Talk to your Regional Rep to get plugged in!
The Annual MoveIner Conference
The whole MoveIn movement comes together for this encouraging four day weekend of prayer, worship, teaching and fellowship. Join other teams and fellow MoveIners from around the world who also want to see Jesus move among the unreached, urban poor in their neighbourhoods.
The Weekly Prayer Sheet
Every week you hear from a different team: exciting things that have been happening in their community (as well as challenges), prayer needs, and how God is working. The prayer sheet, which goes out by email to all MoveIners, keeps you connected with the movement and steadfast in prayer for each other.
Periodically, teams from a particular region get together for a time of mutual encouragement, sharing, prayer and food. It is also a time to be equipped and supported.
Coaching from the Vision Team
Your MoveIn team will stay connected with your “Regional Rep’” – an individual on the Vision Team who supports and coaches the teams in that region. Teams sometimes struggle in their relationships with each other and their neighbours, and coaching from the Vision Team is often very helpful.
Resources from the Vision Team
The MoveIn Vision Team has Bibles in 30+ different languages (thanks to our partnership with the Canadian Bible Society)! The Vision Team also has access to affordable free books, videos, articles and online resources which will boost your team’s effectiveness.
Jonny & Mikyla
In a climate that prioritizes individual achievement and wealth, and the middle class steadily dissipating, we see that it’s crucial to unite and walk alongside one another to tackle the challenges life throws at us. We believe that’s Jesus’ way of addressing it. We remain moved in as we see the beauty of a neighbourhood community come together.
I see so many problems around the neighbourhood where I have lived for years. I see that people seek to get out of these problems in different ways, and not always good ways. Being here gives us the opportunity to show them a different way out.
Belinda & Alex
We moved in many years ago as singles in Vancouver. Several years ago we moved to Burnaby as a married couple and continued to do MoveIn. Our growing family has created challenges, but God is good. He continues to move in our hearts for the unreached and oppressed in our neighbourhood and we are grateful to be here.
MoveIn is a challenge from God, here on earth, for Christians today to leave comfort and high standards to follow Jesus’ example. I have witnessed how God changes lives and families through prayer, his word, and example.
Jónatas & Inês
One of the joys of being moved in is getting in on what God’s already doing in the lives of our neighbours. It’s our privilege, as regular people, to follow Jesus and learn to love and serve through the challenges of our neighbourhood.
I moved from El Salvador to Europe to live in an unreached neighbourhood with Movein. My deep desire is for more people to experience the love and grace of Jesus, as I did!
Sajmir & Irma
We have been ‘moved in’ for 4 years and chose to become a part of the lives of our neighbours, learning about and accepting all of our differences. One of the hardest things is the poverty here. How can we possibly respond to all the need?
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