Scott and Natalie started the Family Empowerment Centers and its daughter organization Donate Your Boat, SMLLC more than 14 years ago.  They have been hosting teams for the C&MA for more than 10 years and continue to pour into the students and interns that come on trips to serve in Chicago.  They have a heart of compassion for the under resourced and have developed a ministry model that is diverse, compassionate, intentional, and Christ centered.  They are practical in their approach to life and ministry, live in the community with their four children, and believe that those who come serve with them are important and therefore they and their staff are as intentional in creating a life changing experience for you as they are about you helping to bring life change to their community.  They love to speak about their community, its needs, and the opportunities that exist in Chicago so feel free to reach out for more information on the Chicago Site. 


Urban Outreach
Community Development
Family & Youth Ministries
After School Programs
English Teaching
Cross Cultural Immersion


Envision Chicago is a diverse, incarnational ministry strategically located in the inner city of Chicago. Within our community, 1 in 5 families live below the poverty line, and more than 80% of students in the public school system come from low-income households. There are more than 40 primary languages spoken in our community. Some of these languages represent people groups who are considered “unreached” by the gospel of Christ. The diversity of our community presents us with the unique opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with people who were born in creative access countries.

Chicago as a whole has about 3 million people within its city limits, and it has an overall church attendance that is lower than the national average. We, as the church in the United States, must not neglect ministering to the people who are closest to us; especially if those people have never heard about the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Trip Cost: $475/person for a 7-day trip

Intern Cost: $1200 per month

Read more in our site manual