Communities of Practice

Our Communities

Calvin Center

Common Soul/Sole (CS2) is an opportunity for young adults to live and work in an intentional Christian community at Calvin Center. The program provides nine months of work and community for young adults ages 19-29. During these months CS2 participants will be exposed to a variety of ministry experiences on site at Calvin Center and in local partner congregations. These experiences in addition to intentional community gatherings and personal reflection time guide the discernment process.


Do you wonder what's next now that you have graduated? Or are you taking a gap year and wish you had more clarity? Are you looking for a chance to live, discern, commune, serve, play and study with people in a place that swells with networking opportunities? Then Confluence might be for you!

From September to May Crestfield Camp & Conference Center offers a young adult program for people like you to discern where the Divine is calling them.

Confluence interns serve and live at Crestfield. Learning the ins and outs of Camp and Conference Center ministry while furthermore being wholly immersed in experiencing meaningful community development in our Pittsburgh congregations. Not only within the congregation but outside its doors in the actual community, as Christ calls us to do.

Confluence team members have many opportunities to learn from and with Crestfield Executive director, Program Director, kitchen staff, housekeeper, maintenance supervisor, and guests!

Confluence team members work with retreats, partner with churches, host guests, learn maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen work, and discern. And ultimately learn through doing. 


The Camp, Conference & Church Internship Program at Ferncliff helps participants learn about camp/conference/church ministry through hands-on practice, broad experiences, mentoring, and participating in national events.  Interns will live on site in Christian community, practice simple living, engage with thoughtful faith speakers/practitioners, and are involved in summer camp, outreach and conferencing.  Each intern will also work 10-15 hours at local church selected through mutual discernment.


an intentional experience in discernment and non-profit leadership

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.." - John 15:16
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." -Mark 10:45

As Christians, we are called to minister to others and serve them. We also need leaders who can form authentic communities where people feel empowered and can discern God’s calling on their lives. Experience leadership in a not-for-profit organization for a year and learn the basics. The structure of the community will include times of fellowship, prayer/retreat (personal and group), study, and hands-on work in the following areas: program leadership, marketing, business, maintenance and hospitality. Work at another non-profit as well (church, farm, etc) to gain a different perspective regionally. You will receive a stipend, shared housing, meals when served at the center, and more

Communities of Practice is a project of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) and is independently managed by PCCCA and its affiliate camp and conference centers. To learn more about the PCCCA, visit