Four times each year, the entire learning will gather in Kelowna to learn directly from the most significant ministry thinkers, writers and shapers in the field of Next Generation ministry. These one week intensive courses are a key component of the program, and can be accredited toward undergraduate (bachelor's) for graduate (Masters) degrees through our academic partners.
While experiential integration and spiritual formation are recognized as key elements in the development of a vocational leader, the task of shepherding the next generation has become complex and specialized. The Coalition will provide eight rigorous College/Seminary level courses covering the most important content for youth and young adult ministry specialists. Quarterly classes will be offered in Kelowna, BC and will be facilitated by some of the most respected leaders/thinkers/teachers in the discipline of next generation ministry. These classes will begin with a Sunday night welcome reception and will then meet from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. This schedule will allow most apprentices to participate in their local Sunday services before leaving for the week and most will be home Friday night. Accommodation in Kelowna will be the responsibility of each student, however an attempt will be made to provide affordable bed and breakfast billeting for those who need it, or camp style housing at Green Bay Bible Camp with shuttle services to the class location.
These classes will be framed, not simply as a one-week content-driven intensive, but as a three-month focus on the topic being offered. In the month prior to the classroom component, students will be expected to do pre-course reading, online collaboration, case study preparation, real world research, etc. After the week in class the subsequent two months will be used to apply the material in the trenches of ministry where class assignments will be completed. They should be seamlessly integrated into the daily ministry of the apprentice.