3.0 Missional Leadership Training

3.0 Update (4/11/2012)
The 3.0 Missional Internship program is preparing to launch its fourth summer of work in Mobile's inner city communities, thanks to the continued support of QuadW Foundation (

The interns are an incredible blessing to those they serve. For many interns themselves, it has been a truly life changing experience. And for the churches and agencies involved, it has brought new life and helped re-establish and deepen relationships with the community. As a project of the Mobile District, 3.0 has been an opportunity to see our connectional system at its very best. The program would not be possible apart from the help of many churches, Sunday School classes, work teams, and financial supporters. This year, we are on target to offer 28 college-aged students the opportunity to become 3.0 interns. We are excited about all that God has in store for us and grateful for the privilege of joining him in his work.

Why 3.0?
Interns work in inner city environments and are trained to be missional leaders. We want each to leave with a concrete plan to leverage their summer experience to impact their own communities and campuses. The results have been phenomenal. Many have realized that God's call on their lives is much different than the plans they had made for themselves. Some have gone back to school and changed their majors. Others have initiated new ministries or helped existing ministries become more missional. 3.0 has grown since its inception and through our relationship with Forge America, plans are being made to launch 3.0 in a number of cities across the United States over the coming year.

If you would like to help financially, you can send donations to the Mobile District Office. For additional information, see If you are interested in bringing the 3.0 Missional Summer Internship to your area, please contact Rev. Don Woolley at

For the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom,
Don Woolley and Jean Tippit



3.0 Missional Summer Internship 

The purpose of the 3.0 Missional Summer Internship ( program is to develop leaders - the kind of leaders who live out their faith in such a way as to change lives and communities through the sharing of God's unconditional love.   Click here to visit the 3.0 website.
The 3.0 Missional Summer Internship is one of the most rewarding ministries of which you can be a part! It is a profound spiritual experience that is life-changing for the interns, and a tremendous blessing to those served. The participating agencies and many of the local United Methodist churches work together in a truly connectional way to make 3.0 happen. The internship has been an important part of helping us learn to practice “church” in a more incarnational way. We are experiencing new hope and new life as congregations shift from an internal focus to faithfully joining Jesus in his work “out there.”    

The overall goals of 3.0 are as follows:
  • To provide a deeply significant, potentially life-changing mission experience for college students.
  • To holistically meet needs of the urban poor throughout the Mobile, Alabama area.
  • To partner with congregations and agencies, helping them re-connect with and better serve their communities.
If you would like to help or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. 
Don Woolley:   (251-689-4333) or
Jean Tippit:               (251-656-6857).
A Word about QuadW:
The QuadW Foundation has extended and expanded its support of the internship by awarding the Mobile District $232,554 as base funding for the next three years.
The QuadW Foundation was established to honor the memory of Willie Tichenor and his desire to make positive changes in the world around him. Willie died of osteosarcoma on March 15, 2006 at age 19. The question “What Would Willie Want?” guides the foundation’s work. We encourage you to see to learn more about Willie, QuadW, and the incredible work they do.
How you can be involved:
  • Recruiting. We are still accepting applications! Please spread the word about this great opportunity. Interns will work in challenging mission environments, live in Christian community, and be trained as Missional leaders who will impact their own congregations and communities. A $2000 living stipend, plus room and board are provided.  Much more information, testimonies from past interns, and online applications are available at
  • Prayer partners. We want every intern to have a prayer partner who is praying for her/him before they even arrive in Mobile. These prayer partners are encouraged to send notes of encouragement and solicit prayer needs throughout the summer. 
  • Financial. Interns are asked to raise $500 to contribute towards programming costs. For some interns this is very difficult. We are asking individuals and congregations to sponsor interns in whole or in part so we can continue our policy of never turning down an applicant based on their ability to raise these funds.
  • Evening meals. Area congregations provide the evening meals. This has proven to be an enormous blessing for congregations and there has been no shortage of volunteers. However, this year we would like to provide more meals at each of the two housing sites rather than having them all travel every night to a common site. This means we need many more congregations to volunteer to provide meals!
  • Donations. Gifts of breakfast foods, sandwich meat, chips, snacks, drinks, etc. mean we have more money to spend in the communities we are serving. 
  • Hands-on assistance. Whether preparing the dorms for the arrival of the interns, putting together welcome bags for them, or working alongside them during the summer, there are many ways to be involved.


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