June 1 – July 30, 2017 // Columbus, Ohio
The Summer Discipleship Program is a 10-week comprehensive ministry experience that will challenge and grow you as a Christ-follower as we work alongside one another to advance the Kingdom of God on college campuses in the Columbus area.
What Is the Summer Discipleship Program?BACK TO TOP
Discipleship. This term lies at the heart of the Christian experience. It is meant for more than those Twelve who walked with Jesus through his earthly ministry. The call of Jesus unto discipleship is one that spans all generations of believers. It is a call to be a learner but also much more than that. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be a devoted follower. Christian discipleship is the process through which Jesus imparts his values and character to his church.
It is through this process of following Christ that one learns the true meaning of leadership. As Jesus called out his first disciples he said, “Come, follow me…and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matthew 4:19). A follower of Jesus will always be a leader of people in some capacity. This is his example. And this is his means of bringing the whole world under his kingdom rule—to raise up men and women who will work and lead in his name.
The Summer Discipleship Program (SDP) exists to pass on a culture of discipleship to the next generation. For college students or those in a preparatory stage of life, summer creates a unique opportunity for engagement. SDP is designed to utilize the summer by helping participants grow deep in their relationship with Christ and with one another. It will also help build a foundation for servant-leadership. The goal is for participants to become lifelong disciples and disciple makers.
SDP will engage participants in a variety of ways. Here are some of the distinctive tracts that will comprise the program:
THE HEART OF A DISCIPLE
The heart can be defined as the starting point of our personal life and distinctive character. Through this tract, participants will learn more about the type of character required to be a disciple of Jesus. Seasoned followers of Christ will share their experiences and the qualities of biblical character that have caused them to persevere and thrive in their faith.
THE MIND OF A DISCIPLE
To love God more thoroughly, we must know God more thoroughly. Through this tract, participants will engage their minds and learn to correctly handle the word of truth. Guided study, discussions, and in-depth reading will provide a survey of biblical literature. Participants will also learn to dig deeply into God’s word in order to answer tough theological questions.
THE STRENGTH OF A DISCIPLE
The goal of this tract is to help bring abilities to action. Each participant will grow in their strengths as they receive training in ministry skills, an assessment of their unique talents and spiritual gifts, and coaching from a mature believer with similar gifts.
THE SOUL OF A DISCIPLE
Non-physical wounds caused by personal sin or the sins of others often keep believers from experiencing the fullness of life that God desires for his children. This tract will help guide participants into healing and truth that come from God the Holy Spirit.
Each participant will be teamed up with others to serve in ministry throughout the summer. Participants will plan and engage in weekly ministry focused primarily on evangelism and discipleship. The role of each participant may become more specialized throughout the program as they discover more fully their passions, talents, and spiritual gifts.
2017 GREAT COMMISSION PASTORS CONFERENCE
Participants will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the GCC Pastors Conference. This takes place June 15–17. June 17 will be the Campus Roundtable and June 18 will be a travel day.
LOCAL MISSION TRIP
During the last week of the program, participants will work together full-time, reaching out to local college campuses with the gospel. Participants will be expected to take leave from their jobs and/or other responsibilities during this week-long, local mission trip.
Important DatesBACK TO TOP
March 17: Application + fee due
May 12: Program fee due in full
June 1: Start date
June 15–18: Great Commission Pastors Conference
July 22–28: Local mission trip
July 29: Closing day
July 30: Move-out day
FAQBACK TO TOP
WHO IS SDP FOR?
SDP is for college students, those entering college, or those in a preparatory stage of life that desire to grow as followers of Christ, desire to grow as servant-leaders, and have a heart for college ministry.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN LEADING SDP?
WHAT DOES SDP COST?
The total cost of the program is $750 (including a non-refundable $50 application fee). The program is designed to be as cost-effective as possible. Once your application is accepted, the program fee of $700 will be due in full by May 12.
WHAT DO THE COSTS COVER?
The program fee covers the cost of lodging, utilities, planned group excursions, and lodging/registration for the GCC Pastors Conference.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED IN THE COST?
Participants will be expected to provide for the majority of their meals throughout the program. Group meals will take place on weeknights but are not built into the program cost. Each participant will sign up to provide dinner several times throughout the program. Participants will also be expected to pay for their own gas and travel expenses to the GCC Pastors Conference. Participants will also be expected to purchase several study resources that will be utilized during SDP. We estimate these expenses that are in addition to the program fee (i.e. personal groceries, study resources, food and gas to Pastors Conference, and other travel costs) to be about $400 throughout the program.
WHAT IS THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR SDP?
SDP will take place on evenings and Saturdays. Each weeknight, participants will meet together for dinner followed by a time of teaching and/or ministry. Dinner will begin at 5:30 PM. Saturday will be devoted primarily to ministry as well as fellowship. Sunday will be a sabbath in which participants are expected to attend their local church. Out of town participants can attend any GCC church on Sundays.
CAN PARTICIPANTS WORK?
It is expected that most participants will work throughout SDP, but they will need their schedule to be free every evening after 5 PM and will not be able to work on Saturday or Sunday. The program is not designed to accommodate those who are working full-time during the week, as it will entail a demanding schedule and will be difficult to fully participate with a full-time job. SDP staff can assist anyone in need of help finding appropriate employment.
WHERE WILL PARTICIPANTS LIVE?
Everyone participating in the program will live in same-gender housing close to Ohio State’s campus. Housing will be provided by SDP. Living together in community is a vital part of the program.
CAN EXCEPTIONS BE MADE TO THE SCHEDULE?
SDP participants are expected to be present for every event barring sickness or unforeseen circumstances. Any exceptions will be looked at on a case-by-case basis and should be discussed with program leaders.
Application & PaymentsBACK TO TOP
The application deadline is March 17. Follow the steps below to apply.
Complete the online application form.
Note: Please set aside at least one hour to complete this form. You will not be able to save and resume your progress later.
Pay the $50 application fee.
Note: Your application will not be considered without the application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable.
Step 4 (once application has been accepted):
The $700 program fee is due in full by May 12.