What is the Discipleship Year?
The Discipleship Year is all about growing as disciples of Jesus for a life of adventure with him. During this year you’ll be equipped, empowered and encouraged to grow as a disciple of Jesus. Our aim is that by the end of the year you will be a ‘disciple-making disciple’ serving Jesus and his Kingdom with the whole of your life for the whole of your life.
- Go deeper in your relationship with God
- Grow stronger in who God has made you to be and the purpose he has for your life
- Get involved by serving in a local church
- Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions
- Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you
- Experience the adventure of overseas mission
The Discipleship Year is for those aged 18-24. It will take you on a life-changing journey of discovery and adventure. You’ll be inspired, get some practical ‘hands on’ Kingdom experience, make life-long friendships and have a lot of fun in the process!
Each training centre will invest eight hours each week in teaching, training and equipping you to grow as a disciple of Jesus. Alongside this you’ll be mentored, coached and invested in by local church leaders.
The teaching will cover a number of core subjects including growing a deep life with God, our identity in Christ, the Kingdom of God & the ministry of Jesus, understanding and applying the Bible today, evangelism, leadership, character development and calling among others! You’ll learn from some inspirational and experienced leaders from different spheres of life, including church and the marketplace.
In turn you’ll be serving in the local church and/or Christian organisation where you get to put into practice all that you are learning. This could be in any number of different areas including youth and children’s work, social justice, worship, creative media, family ministry and evangelism. These placements are a minimum of 12hrs per week including a Sunday. Typically, you will find your own accommodation and find part time employment to cover living expenses. However, some placement churches/organisations provide accommodation and some financial support with fees and living costs. For more information, contact the training centres by clicking on the link below.
Where are the centres?
You can choose from a number of training centres across the country. Find out more by clicking on the location below:
All your teaching and training, including two national Discipleship Year weekends away (October and January) are covered by the student fee of £1,000 and the placement church fee (each placement church pays £500 per Discipleship Year student). This is all paid to the training centre that you are going to be based at. Full fees are due by the course start date.
Short-term mission trips are arranged by some of the training centres around the country - details about each trip will be given during the first term of the Discipleship Year. Costs will vary depending on the country that is visited. For the mission trip, you need to confirm your place with a deposit within the first term, and full fees are due no later than four weeks prior to the departure date. The mission trip is optional but we’d encourage every student to sign up!
The year begins on the week beginning 10 September 2018 and will end on 20 July 2019, although students are expected to serve on team at one of the New Wine United weeks. Please note that team places are popular.
If you’re not sure where to go or what to do, then why not contact some of the training centres above? The training centre leaders would love to help you in any way that they can.
You don’t need any special qualifications to do the Discipleship Year. Come just as you are! Everyone starts in a different place but by the end of the year you’ll be more confident and capable as a follower of Jesus.