Empower U

What is Empower U?
Empower U is an ongoing training program that develops leaders for Kingdom work. This involves internships for high school and college students, residency programs for adults and this new aspect of our training, Empower U classes. 

So what are Empower U classes?
These are classes that meet once a month and are designed to give information to those who want to do ministry either as a volunteer or as a first step towards life-long pastoral ministry. 

What is the reason for the classes?
Discipleship has always been a key part of the ministry of Grace. Sometimes discipleship is life-on-life -- mentoring those who come alongside you in what you know, or more importantly, who you are (organic). Discipleship is also information-based -- teaching skills and background information on the history of our faith (systematic). I believe that the Grace family has done a great job with organic discipleship. These classes will take our systematic discipleship to the next level. 

What initiated the understanding of the need for systematic discipleship? 
When I was in Cambodia with the Lydia Project in November, I saw that they were doing both parts very well. They were raising up leaders through life-on-life training, along with having 4 weeks of educational training per year for the new ministry candidates. They were doing our model, but I think doing it in a more complete way. The results have been exponential growth in the lives of the new ministers & in church plants. 


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Sunday, Feb. 11th from 5:00-7:00pm.

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all the classes are offered at the same time *see below the FAQ section for descriptions*
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Empower U FAQ:

Is this just for young people?
No. While middle and high school students are welcome, it is for every age. 

What will we be learning?
There is an overview of the classes on the back of this handout. We are still working on the materials, but I think this is a general plan for where we are going. Of course, we are open to listening to your ideas. 

How often will these meet? What happens in the class?
Each class is a one-time, self-standing, event. They will meet most often on a Sunday night from 5-7:30 pm. The class could involve lecture, media, Q&A and even some role play, depending on the subject.

What are the class requirements? How does this work?
Well, of course, if you are going to learn, some effort is required.  There is a recommended reading list that will have at least an hour of reading to be done before the class meets. After the class meets, there is an online response form that will take around 30 minutes to fill out. There will be other books you can use as a reference if you like. 

What is the point of the response form?
This goes back to the organic nature of discipleship. Our staff or ministry leaders will follow-up with you and help you apply what you have learned in ministry. 

How often should I attend?
We would hope that you would shoot for 4-6 classes per year. You are welcome to take more than this, of course.

How are they arranged?
There are three tracks. The first is more basic and informational, the second is more about application and mission while the third is focused on personal spiritual development. Basically, they are set up on a track per year basis. We will celebrate the completion of each track with a certificate and a celebration. 

Can I take these with friends or those I minister with?
Yes, of course. That is the best way to do it!

When does this begin? 
Our first night is Sunday, February 11 from 5-7:30 pm and the second is Sunday, March 18 from 5-7:30 pm. 

Can I bring my kids?
The material is appropriate for middle school and above. So, that is up to you.

Is childcare offered?
We will offer onsite childcare on a limited basis -- 3-year-olds (potty-trained) through 5th graders --and stipends for those who request them for younger kids to be able to stay with a babysitter of your choice at home. When you register, there will be a place on the form which allows you to RSVp for childcare or request the stipend. You must RSVP for childcare one week in advance of the class so we can plan accordingly. 

Where will the classes be?
Classes will be at New Hope and at homes in the area. We will make it clear where they are when you register.

Will there be coffee?  
Seriously? This is Grace.

How do I signup?
Please fill out the form above.

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