Missions Place by TEAM was started in 2013 as a “storefront” concept for international missions. Since then, thousands of people have walked through the doors of Missions Place to to attend an event, talk to staff about missions or simply enjoy a coffee.
This year, Missions Place takes its next step with the addition of a collaborative workspace. This relaxed, shared working environment brings together a local, kingdom-minded community in cities for the sake of the gospel around the world.
Scroll through the photo journal to catch a snapshot of this collaborative community.
The Faces of Missions Place
Melissa Barber has been a site manger for Missions Place in Wheaton, Illinois, since 2013. She enduringly loves Adele, the Chicago Bears and her twin nephews.
Meet Melissa. Originally from Arizona, she fell in love with the Chicagoland area as an undergraduate student at Moody Bible Institute and after graduation, never left. When Melissa joined TEAM as a site manager, Missions Place was just a bold, new idea and an empty, old bank in downtown Wheaton. Today, Melissa welcomes new faces to the space daily and has hosted over 200 events.
Hannah’s favorite part of being a site manger at Missions Place is connecting with new people and creatively serving them. She lives in the heart of her favorite city, Fort Worth, Texas, with her beloved husband and goldendoodle.
Meet Hannah. Hannah is a small-town Texas native known for her love of people and a good glass of sweet tea. Hannah joined the TEAM team in 2014 and is passionate about fostering unity among nonprofits and churches in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The Collaborative Workspace at Missions Place
The saying goes, “No man is an island.” The unique benefit of the collaborative workspace at Missions Place is the community it fosters. Each co-working space is intentionally designed with collaboration in mind: long tables for group meetings, comfy couches for quiet conversations and plenty of coffee to fuel it all.
The collaborative workspace is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. as an alternative space for anyone who works from home or has the flexibility to venture out of the office.
“Regulars,” like Dustin in Grapevine or Michelle in Wheaton, make the workspace truly collaborative. Individuals from different organizations and backgrounds can gather here regularly to create a kingdom-minded network.
“The Missions Place has benefited me in many different ways. From a personal standpoint, this place has fostered friendships with like-minded people in the area of missions and ministry. The MP has also allowed me to have a place to office out of while I am home and need a place to call my own. The community and relationships in this space have been so beneficial.” – Dustin, founder of Feet That Move
“As a recent college graduate who doesn’t have a great space for a home office, the collaborative workspace has been a huge blessing. It works well for individual work days and as a meeting space.” – Michelle, Event Coordinator for Illinois School Project
Each workspace is complete with office essentials like white boards, WiFi and caffeine.
Coffee connoisseurs in Grapevine enjoy a Clever Coffee Dripper (mix of a pour over and French press) for the perfect cup.
Events at Missions Place
Ultimately, Missions Place is a platform to serve the body of Christ. The space serves the church regularly by providing a gathering place.
Missions Place in Grapevine had the privilege of hosting Leave Your Beauty Mark’s first ever LYBM Summit. Women gathered to cast vision and dream big, God-sized dreams for their lives.
Westline Church is a movement planting churches along the train line in Chicago. The staff camps out at Missions Place to pray, plan and work in order to make this vision a reality.
Through a rich network of ministries, nonprofits and churches, Missions Place hosts discussions and training around missions topics.
Renee and her husband had a long-time dream of one day using business as a form of mission work. The tipping point came while attending a panel discussion on social enterprise at Missions Place. They got their questions answered and got to work! Renee and her husband launched My Half of the Sky in 2015, a social enterprise envisioning a world where everyday men and women responsibly consume goods to affect the global economy.
“How was your mission trip?” can be a dreaded question for anyone who has spent time overseas. So, Missions Place in Grapevine invited former missionaries to process their stories through painting exercises led by local artist Anne Dashton.
About three times a year, Missions Place in Grapevine collaborates with the Forefront Experience and Texas Perspectives for a night of prayer for the nations and Chick-fil-A. Naturally, they call it Nuggets & Nations.
Collaborate with Missions Place
If you’re ever in Grapevine or Wheaton, make sure to stop by Missions Place. A third location in Charlotte is set to open in collaboration with South America Mission in 2016. In whatever city you find us, there’s an open seat for you.