Over the course of the year our desire is that you will experience significant spiritual growth. Due to the intensity of the program, maintaining a regular devotional time is key. We recommend journaling as a devotional technique. It will give you a record of what you think God is speaking to you about. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to pray and share with other Interns.
Jesus has committed Himself to build the church, Matt 16,18. As such we have aligned our theology and practice to serve this goal. We don’t just do church on Sunday. We do it the whole week. You’ll get to see what a missional church looks and feels like. It will give you a great vision of what is possible and all the different ways a church can connect with a community. As a church, we believe not only in equipping people for “church work”, but for life. Alongside Sunday services and other meetings, you will also be given the chance to attend Equippers Training College on Monday nights. Check out the curriculum here: www.equipperstraining.co.uk.
Personal development is monitored and guided by weekly meetings with your Supervisor and regular catch-ups with your Mentor, (at least monthly). They will help to create and review your goals in both ministry and personal life, as well as developing a good routine, healthy habits and ways to rest. The Advance Programme will have periods of high and low intensity. Our supervisors and mentors will help navigate these times.
At Equippers, leadership is something that is not just taught but modelled. During The Advance Programme, you will be given many opportunities to grow as a leader. It will begin by you serving alongside a gifted leader who will, in time, give you more responsibility. How you handle that will determine your progress. You will also be part of our weekly Management Meetings on a Tuesday morning, seeing from the inside how a growing church manages the challenges of organising and facilitating growth. The leadership principles and skills you develop will serve you well wherever God calls you after The Advance Programme.
Check out our online brochure to learn more about life on The Advance Programme!