Dates: June 7 to July 19
Weekly Course Structure (Four Hour Weekly Commitment):
|1 hour||Monday, 5:00-6:00 pm Central Time||Teaching: Live online teaching session by international presenter.|
|1 hour||Monday, 6:00-7:00 pm Central Time||Small groups: Weekly small group breakouts of five to six students co-hosted by two coaches/mentors. A different student will facilitate the group each week.|
|40 minutes||Scheduled individually with coach||Coaching: Individual coaching sessions with one of the coaches from your small group.|
|15 minutes per day x 5 days a week (1 hr 15 minutes)||Done individually||Devotional: Reading and journaling from the devotional booklet you will receive.|
In the Bible, God claims to be Lord over all the earth, and both Father and Friend. Knowing who God is either brings freedom or constricts our realities. A true idea of who we serve is necessary to our spiritual development as leaders. In the first week’s module, students will briefly delve into the nature and character of God.
Throughout history God has chosen and appointed everyday men and women across the nations to be part of His Kingdom’s history. When people know their identity in God, that identity supersedes any other to which they might prescribe. Identity in God is stronger than national identity, political affiliations, educational accomplishments and even familial associations. The second module will teach students exactly who God says they are and what His choice of us means for their lives.
Jesus strongly implored His own disciples to not begin their public ministry before they were empowered by the in filling of the Spirit. Throughout the intensive’s third week, students will be introduced (or reintroduced) to the third person of the Trinity—the Holy Spirit—and the empowerment gifted to us through “The Helper” to do God’s work.
Even though the men entrusted with the gospel were a mere handful, believers belong to the faith because they faithfully entrusted it into the hands of others, who continued the chain unbroken all the way to us. Discipling a few as we do life with them is the paradigm by which God changes lives and reconciles many to Himself. With Jesus as our model discipler, week four teaches students how to disciple as He did.
The leadership God calls His sons and daughters to is an upside down leadership that builds a right side up Kingdom. To lead in the Kingdom, people must lower, not lift up, the posture of their hearts. It seems counter intuitive as students consider what leadership traditionally means, but in Jesus, all leadership can be summed up in one word: servanthood. In week five, students unpack the definition and application of healthy leadership.
Following God here in the United States and back in your home country will be a challenge to returning international students. But, just as God calls His people to challenging journeys, He promises that He Himself will go with us wherever He leads. In the sixth and final week of the intensive, students will address some of the common challenges they face as an international person of faith by sharing stories from the Bible and personal testimonies to encourage them to follow God in spite of the obstacles.
In my final semester, I got to lead a small group and even though I went into it with the mindset that I was going to minister to these girls, I was being ministered to even more. Through this, I have also grown a lot in my relationship with God.
– Yolande Mbah, Oklahoma State University, OK