Next Steps of South Carolina (NSSC) Affiliates Training Fact Sheet


You are invited to learn more about a free, ecumenical, Christian mentoring ministry called Next Steps of South Carolina (NSSC). NSSC organizes Next Step Program Affiliates in local communities to help our neighbors in need take steps that can improve their lives emotionally, physically, and spiritually. These include meeting basic needs, learning new job skills, increasing income, improving housing, improving health, and more. Please contact Deacon Ed Dyckman at 843-367-5647 or if you have any questions.

Currently, we have three NSSC Affiliates: (1) Next Steps of Johns Island (NSJI), (2) Next Steps of Barnabas Ministries (NSBM) (downtown Charleston), and (3) Next Steps of East Cooper (NSEC). We are in the process of training Volunteers for a 4th Affiliate—Next Steps of James Island and Folly Beach (NSJF).


You are welcome to join us and learn more about NSSC during one of our next introductory sessions held in the parlor of Saint James Church, 1872 Camp Road, James Island, SC 29412 on either:

  • Monday June 18th from 9:30 AM to Noon,
  • Monday, July 23rd from 9:30 AM to Noon, or
  • Monday, August 20th from 9:30 AM to Noon


Below we list the NSSC volunteer positions available. During each of the introductory sessions we will explore how NSSC operates and, if you are interested in serving in this ministry, you may select the position and affiliate best suited for you. You need only attend one of these sessions. Subsequently, we will schedule a 3-hour, one-on-one role-playing training to prepare you to serve in your new volunteer position. Please join us!

Communication and Outreach Team: Reach-out to (a) people in your community who want to make positive changes in their lives and (b) people in churches, nonprofits, and government agencies who can help them succeed through your NSSC affiliate.

Database Management Team: Input data and generate reports, using the Charity Tracker Plus Database, to help your NSSC affiliate operate smoothly.

Lazarus Mentor Team: Use the 2-1-1 Hotline Database to locate employment and social services through which NSSC program participants can make positive changes in their lives.  

Next Step Program Co-Directors: Lead your NSSC affiliate as we help both program participants and volunteers make positive changes in their lives.

Reception Team: Offer a warm “hello” to program participants who visit your NSSC affiliate and respond to public telephone inquiries about the Next Step Program.

Samaritan Mentor Team: Listen to NSSC program participants and help them make positive changes in their lives—one conversation at a time, one prayer at a time, and one step at a time.

Space and Systems Team: Interface between your NSSC affiliate and its host church regarding reception area, meeting rooms, supply storage, availability of wireless Internet services, etc. to help the affiliate operate smoothly.  

Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team: Train people to serve in all of your NSSC affiliate volunteer positions.

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