Plunge—what is plunge?
Plunge is a freshman service/missions trip. In 2014, we’ll be going to inner-city Atlanta to learn from the best about the relationship between faith, service, missions, and community.
Who can go on plunge?
Plunge is intended for freshman—it’s an introduction to the kind of disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith that Belmont expects of its students. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun, too!
Do I have to be a Christian to go on Plunge?
No! While we are explicit that we take these kinds of trips as a way to encounter what God is up to in the world, and we include times for theological and faith reflection, all students should feel welcomed to sign up—and no one is forced to participate in any religious activity that they aren’t comfortable with (and there’s no evangelism—we’re there to learn)!
What will we do in Atlanta?
We’ll work and stay in inner city Atlanta, completing some service projects alongside community partners already doing ministry and community development there. But along with that, we’ll talk and learn about what makes for good outreach, and what makes for “toxic charity.” We’ll also have a day to bum around Atlanta.
With whom will we work?
We are working in coordination with Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries. FCS was founded by Robert Lupton. Lupton is the author of several books on urban ministry and a noted critic of "traditional" models of charity. FCS is also directed by Leroy Barber, who will be speaking on Belmont's campus in November about his work in inner-city Atlanta and with MissionYear.
How much does plunge cost?
$85 covers all travel, lodging and meal expenses. Some extra spending money is recommended (snacks, souvenirs, etc.).
When is it?
October 10-14, 2014.
How can I sign up?
Participants register by filling out our online payment form. Registration opens in June 2014.
What if I have more questions?
E-mail Micah Weedman, call extension 6419, or stop by University Ministries (right next to Security) in the Gabhart Student Center!