The Order of St Stephen (OSS) is a religious order, a Mission Order, for young adults aged approximately 16 to 25 years, who practise a Rule of Life.
This network of young adults (and their supporters), explore and live out their Christian faith through the disciplines of prayer, community, and service from within the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand while belonging to a local community in which they live, study, and work and are supported by. OSS offers these young Anglicans the opportunity to deepen their understanding of life and faith through relationship with God, other people, themselves and with the world at large.
Each member of OSS is expected to have a spiritual mentor, to develop their own Rule of Life - which is a framework of values and principles which the person agrees to live their life by, and to engage with the network of other OSS members on a regular basis for support and encouragement. Attending Retreats to deepen their faith, and engaging in opportunities for outreach and service to the community are also expected.
Their sponsored service experience can be either a part time internship of 5 to 10 hours per week in a ministry experience; or doing a gap year; or engaging in a short term mission experience in New Zealand or overseas. Such acts of service are important for helping the person discover their call and vocation in life.
A member of OSS can commit to the Order for as long as they choose. The initial commitment asked for is one year. Also, OSS does not restrict a member’s participation in other aspects of life and faith experiences.
Further information can be found at www.oss.net.nz