Jerusalem Project

Project Dates

2020 Project Dates (June 14th - June 19th)

Registration Due Date is May 1, 2020


The mission of the Jerusalem Project is to empower SEARK Baptist Teens with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of others as set by Christ’s example. By providing a safe and supportive environment, the Jerusalem Project works to build a legacy of future leaders who strengthen awareness of Jesus in their own lives and recognizing others need of Jesus.

In addition, the Jerusalem Project strives to foster the developmental growth of SEARK Teens spiritually, socially, and emotionally. In order to fulfill its mission, the Jerusalem Project develops projects, and other programming with the following three core values in mind: Salvation, Sanctification, and Service.

With a focus on being God’s witness in our communities, SEARK teens are encouraged to share who they are in Christ with their hands as well as their voice. Moreover, youth are given the opportunity to come out of their shell to explore the varying methods of serving others. Through this, youth are trained to be more social and observant of the needs of others.

SEARK teens also work on building skills in a number of areas such as leadership, communication, carpentry, interpersonal relationship, self-management, and taking responsibility for self and others. These new skills help youth to feel more empowered to make changes not only in their personal lives but also in their church and communities. We are to make a difference in our world for the honor and glory of Christ.

Pastors of SEARK

Parents / Guardians

We are grateful that you are entrusting your youth to the staff of the SEARK Baptist Teen Mission Project team.  In order to make this a wonderful experience for your child, we need your help.  Please turn in completed forms by the deadline.  Please be sure to note any health concerns for your child. Registration forms MUST be notarized.

A lot of time is given in the planning of this Mission Outreach Project.  The information you provide will help us in the scheduling of projects, buying supplies, and to provide enough leaders to monitor the activities for your child.  All food and snacks will be provided for your child.  We have attached a “What to bring” form, please keep this to aid in packing for this project.

The Mission Outreach Project Registration will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at which to time teams will be assigned. The project will come to a close on Friday at 9:30 am.  At that time all children will be picked up from Calvary Baptist Church.

All teens are required to stay at the church the entire project duration.  (Boys will be housed at Shady Grove and Girls at Calvary)

There is no cost for teens participating in the project other than the purchase of a JP T-shirt.  However, if you are not able to purchase a T-shirt it will not exclude you from the project. 

Adult Volunteers

Adults volunteering for Jerusalem Project participation will be assigned to one of three categories.  Crew assignments are made by the Project Coordinator and are announced to participants on Sunday. An effort is made to assign at least 2 members of each church group to the same crew, but for the most part members of church groups will not work together on the same crew.

  1. Crew Chief - The Crew Chief leads the crew on all construction sites in getting the work completed, making all construction decisions, and with the help of the Crew Counselor organizes the work of the crew.
  2. Crew Counselor - The Crew Counselor serves as an assistant to the Crew Chief, a counselor, and an encourager to the Crew. A Counselor will be an adult who desires to be a part of Gods work during this mission project, is willing to work within a Crew, and to be a Christ-like example day and night to the Youth of this project.
  3. Evangelism Leader - The Evangelism Leader is responsible for providing leadership in organizing Prayer Walk Teams in the Crew and also in going door to door and sharing (The Good News) The Gospel of Jesus Christ within the neighborhood that Crew is working, and a one-day training prior to the mission project.

The three categories above are the main areas adults can volunteer.  However, there are numerous other areas you can serve to help with the project (Meal Preparations, Nursery Workers for Services, etc...).  For other volunteer opportunities please contact Bro. David Jacks or Bro. Gary Carter for more information.

Salvation / Worship

The Jerusalem Project has been an ongoing project since 2012. Several local churches come together to both minister to the community while sharing Jesus Christ. In years past, there has been an average of 75 and upwards of 100 youth working on construction teams.  Youth will work on a construction project such as repairing roofs, painting homes, and building sheds.  Youth will also take time each day going out into the community to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   As of 2019, the project has had a total of 123 souls saved. To God be the glory!

Each evening Sunday through Thursday the week of the project there will be praise and worship services held at Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00 pm. 

These services are open to the public and attended by all involved with the project.  It is a time to reflect on the project, praise/worship, and a message given by a local pastor.  Even if you can't be a part of the project we hope you will attend the worship service.

Deadlines / Registration

2020 Project Dates to be Decided

The following steps and documentation are to be completed for each person attending the mission project:

  1. All registration forms for the youth who will have completed one of grades 6th - 12th by summer 2020.
  2. All adult volunteer applications must be received no later than May 1, 2020.
    *All forms must be notarized.
  3. ​A personal background check must be sent in with all adult volunteer applications.  If your church already performs background checks, those will be accepted for this event.   Background checks can be obtained online.

Free Background checks are obtainable online at  Background checks can take up to three business days to complete.  Once completed include a printed copy with your registration to be mailed.

All registration forms and volunteer applications are to be mailed to:

Shady Grove Baptist Church
111 Hwy 172
Monticello, AR  71655

What to Bring?

What to Bring:

  • Bible
  • Blow up Mattress and Bedding
  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, etc...)
  • T-Shirt and Jeans for worksite (make sure these are clothes you don't mind getting dirty...)
  • If you bring shorts, be sure they are within dress code guidelines
  • Comfortable Shoes or Boots (sandals/flip-flops are not allowed on the job site)

What not to Bring:

  • Weapons of any kind including knives
  • Tobacco Products
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Valuables

Dress Code

The following guidelines regarding appropriate apparel are for all youth and adult volunteers.  It is the goal that we dress in a way that will honor Jesus Christ our Lord.  Keep this in mind as you are planning out your wardrobe for the duration of the project.

  • Shorts may be worn for all activities.  They are to be no shorter than six inches above the knee.
  • Halter tops, yoga pants, strapless dresses, and sleeveless t-shirts are NOT allowed.
  • Clothing displaying alcoholic beverages or any other inappropriate or suggestive messages are NOT allowed.
  • Your jeans should fit properly and should not sag in any way.

What to Expect

  • Have a great time! 
  • Be ready to develop new friendships and strengthen your existing ones. 
  • Be prepared for God to speak personally to YOU! 
  • These expectations are written so that all students may have the best week possible. 
  • You will be representing Christ and your home Church, so your behavior should reflect that. 
  • Your hosts and leaders are your authorities. 
  • Please be responsive to their requests and suggestions.
  • You are the guest of Calvary and Shady Grove family.  Please respect and take care of their facilities.
  • You will need to participate in each activity of the Jerusalem Project which includes all meals, devotions, worship services, and mission project activities.

Typical Schedule


  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Check in at Calvary Baptist Church 
  • 6:00pm
    • Dinner
  • 7:00pm
    • Worship Services at Calvary Baptist Church
  • 8:30pm
    • Boys head to Shady Grove
  • 10:30pm
    • Lights Out

Monday through Thursday

  • 5:30am
    • Rise and Shine!
  • 6:00am
    • Breakfast
  • 7:00am
    • Group Devotion
  • 7:15am
    • Head to Jobsite
  • 12:00pm
    • Lunch/Devotional
  • 4:30pm
    • Return from Jobsite
  • 6:00pm
    • Dinner
  • 7:00pm
    • Worship Service at Calvary
  • 8:30pm
    • Boys head to Shady Grove
  • 10:30pm
    • Lights Out


  • 7:00am
    • Wake up and Clean up
  • 8:30am
    • Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    • Head Home

Participant Responsibilities

While participating in the Project Jerusalem Mission Project, you will seek to demonstrate your love for Jesus Christ and for others by agreeing to:

  • Keep yourself healthy, by not using tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs.  You will notify the project first aid coordinator of any prescription drugs you will be using during the week.
  • Maintain a safe working environment for yourself and your crew members.  You will not have in your possession any fireworks, firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind.
  • Work to the best of your ability, so that it will all be pleasing to Christ.
  • Follow the dress code.
  • Stay in designated areas.  You will need to stay with the group at all times.  You can not leave the work site or lodging location without the permission of the project coordinator.  Boys will not be in girl's rooms and girls will not be in boy's rooms.
  • Maintain a clean environment.  You will do your best to keep work areas and God's house clean and free of litter.  You are to respect the property and grounds that is serving as your home for the week.
  • You are to demonstrate Christ-like Spirit in all things.   Your attitude should be like that of our Jesus.
  • All teens are required to stay at the church the entire project duration.  (Boys will be housed at Shady Grove and Girls at Calvary)

Contacts / Questions

We look forward to you and your church's participation in this mission project.  We are very excited about seeing God move with the southeast Arkansas region.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shady Grove Baptist Church (870-367-3298) or Calvary Baptist Church (870-367-9833).  


On behalf of the SEARK Baptist Teen Mission Coordinators, Thank you!

Bro. Gary Carter 

Bro. David Jacks


Teen Registration Form

Adult Volunteer Application

Crew Position Responsibilities


Supporting Churches and Pastors

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    Bro. John Fulmer
    • Bethel #1 Baptist (Rison)
  •  Bro. Gary Carter
    • Calvary Baptist (Monticello)
  • Bro. Reuel Cruce
    • Calvary Baptist (Warren)
  • Bro. Caleb Lane
    • Green Hill Baptist (Green Hill)
  • Bro. Jason Cater
    • Old Union Baptist (Old Union)
  • Bro. Phillip Reddin
    • Dickinson Missionary Baptist (Harrell)
  • Bro. David Jacks
    • Shady Grove Baptist (Monticello)
  • Bro. Danny Kelley
    • Westside Baptist (Warren)
  • Bro. Joe Chambers
    • Wilmar Baptist (Wilmar)
  • TBA
    • Martinville Baptist (Hamburg)

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