What are the course dates?
The dates for the 2016-17 course are Monday 11 September 2017 to Friday 20 July 2018 plus one of the New Wine United in the summer of 2018.
Do I get any time off?
You’ll get time off during school holidays during the year, although this depends on your placement and part time job (if you have one). Although we expect you to be committed to the course for the time you are here and to make it your priority, we try to be as flexible as possible with allowing people to go home for special occasions and other visits.
How much does it cost?
The student fee for the 2016-17 course is £1,000. This fee needs to be paid in full before the course starts, by the end of August 2017. Your placement church will also pay £500 to the training centre.
This includes two weekends away and all your teaching materials.
You will also need to pay for your accommodation and living expenses such as food and entertainment. Your training centre and placement church might be able to help you with this.
Finally, you will need to pay for any international trips you wish to go on.
How can I raise money to do the Discipleship Year?
It is a lot of money, we are aware of that and do everything we can to keep costs down. However, we have seen God provide time and again for people when they come to do the course.
The most important thing you can do is pray. God is faithful and many people who have done the course have miraculous stories of his provision.
Here are some great ways of raising money to fund the Discipleship Year (thanks to our friends at Soul61 for these suggestions):
- Ask 25 people (they don’t all have to be Christians!) to sponsor you £10 a month or 50 people to sponsor you £5 a month for the 10 months of the course. Sponsors could set up a transfer direct into your or our bank account. = £250 a month = £2750!
- Run a movie & popcorn night at home. £10 entry x 10 people = £100
- Do a car wash to raise funds. £5 a car x 20 cars = £100
- Ask for money towards your fees instead of having birthday or Christmas presents. £100?
- Clear out your bedroom and have a car boot sale or sell your stuff on eBay or gumtree and put the profits towards your fees. £150?
- Odd jobs – we can all help decorate a friend’s home, help them in the garden, walk their dog etc. – £100?
- Sponsored event – run a 10k, cycle a 10k, walk a 10k, or sit in silence for 24 hours with nothing to give you company other than your sister’s hamster! £250?
- Ask your home church for financial support as well as for prayer support.
- If you have your own savings you can of course use those.
- Work hard during the months before joining the Discipleship Year and save up your earnings.
- Produce a monthly prayer letter with stories of what you are looking forward to as you prepare for The Leadership Course and while on the course let people know what God is doing in you, remember to include photos, prayer points and information about how to donate.
What is the application process like?
Firstly, you need to complete your application form online and get your referees to complete the reference forms. The training centre or placement church that you have applied to will be in touch to talk about your application. If they decide they would like to interview you then they will give you a date to come and see them.
What does a typical week look like?
You’ll have a day per week of teaching, training and equipping from some fantastic speakers and leaders. You’ll then spend a minimum of 12hrs per week in your placement church serving in a particular ministry area. This will include a Sunday.