Coordinator: Allen Laben
Truth Corps is a 3-6 week missionary program that gives participants the opportunity to visit their Brethren in ecclesias throughout the Americas and preach, teach and serve in a manner patterned after Jesus’ example. We are now in the process of looking for potential team members, team leaders and host ecclesias for the coming years!
Becoming a Truth Corps Team Member
There have been more than 350 brothers and sisters who have served on Truth Corps since the program’s inception in 1970. Prior team members have found that being part of Truth Corps was a defining moment in their spiritual development and made a lasting impact on the lives of many brothers and sisters around the world.
One of the primary benefits of Truth Corps is that it opens to each member a new and expanded perspective about the Truth. When members return to their home ecclesias, a zeal for the Lord is evident. For many, it has led to life-long changes; many team members see outreach in a new, less fearful way, and they often help to infuse enthusiasm for preaching when they return to their home ecclesias.
For those interested, please complete and submit the CBMA Volunteer Information Form below, and submit it to Allen Laben directly at CBMATruthCorps@gmail.com. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and baptized for 2 years or more. There is no maximum age for being a Truth Corp team member, and especially with international work, a variety of ages strengthens the team.
Team leaders serve the team by acting as spiritual leaders and counselors. Team leaders help to keep the team functioning properly, participate in the work of the team, and provide an important interface with the Christadelphian Bible Mission of the Americas and the host ecclesias. Married couples typically are best qualified to fulfill the needs associated with team leadership; however, individual brethren have served as leaders as well. Team leaders may, if they wish, attend a weekend training session prior to the start of Truth Corps to help prepare them for their duties; a detailed manual is also provided to acquaint team leaders with the goals and methods of the program. For those interested in becoming a team leader, please complete the CBMA Volunteer Information Form below or contact Allen Laben directly at CBMATruthCorps@gmail.com.
We would also like to encourage your ecclesia to consider hosting Truth Corps. Truth Corps is designed to be a flexible preaching program that can help your ecclesia provide effective outreach. In addition, hostingTruth Corps provides a unique opportunity for the brothers and sisters in your meeting to labor shoulder-to-shoulder in the work of the Truth.The following are some of the ways in which Truth Corps can assist a host ecclesia:
- Conduct accelerated canvassing of new and previously contacted communities
- Provide effective follow-up of existing contacts as well as those who may have dropped from classes or seminars in past months
- Set a useful example to your young people, and at times incorporate them within the team
- Promote special programs, such as Bible seminars or Vacation Bible Schools
- Participate in leading classes for a Vacation Bible School
Typically, the team will visit a host ecclesia for 1-2 weeks. The expenses for host ecclesia are generally limited to meals for the team, automobile use and costs associated with advertising or the actual program(s) for the work of the team. Subsidies may be available if the cost is prohibitive to an ecclesia. Truth Corps has worked equally well for large and small ecclesias. If you are interested in becoming a host ecclesia, please contact me at the information listed above.
Over the past several years, Truth Corps has visited British Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, California, Mexico, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago. The Truth Corps experience is different each year, but it is always focused on helping spread the joy of the Gospel!