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What is the Discipleship Year?

It’s an exciting year of discovery and adventure for 18–24 year olds.

Students will:

  • Develop key leadership skills.
  • Deepen your knowledge and experience of God.
  • Explore the calling and purpose that God has for your life.
  • Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions.
  • Grow through serving in a local church.
  • Experience the adventure of overseas mission.

The Vision

The purpose of the Discipleship Year is to equip, encourage and empower you with solid foundations for life as a follower of Jesus. The focus is on three strategic areas:

Making Disciples
The good news of Jesus begins with making disciples, who make disciples. Our prayer is that your passion for making disciples will increase as you press into the presence of God and are empowered by his Spirit for the mission of advancing the kingdom of God.

Growing Through Community
Together with your co-interns, you will engage with solid and relevant biblical teaching, explore and develop your spiritual gifts, and use them to serve and lead within the local church. You can also expect healthy doses of fun, inspiration, and some practical, ‘hands-on’ Kingdom experience.

Transforming Mission
The course offers an optional 14-day overseas mission trip organised in partnership with Tearfund. On mission, you will step out of your comfort zone doing things you may not necessarily do in the UK. It’s an exciting opportunity to experience and appreciate another culture and learn from other Christians in a developing country.

The Nitty Gritty

The course

Core New Wine teaching will include modules on Jesus, the Bible, the kingdom of God, mission and evangelism, leadership and character development.
Each training centre will invest eight hours per week in equipping you through teaching, mentoring and coaching, and providing contextual input using local church leaders and practitioners.
We ask that you, in turn, commit to serving in a local church as an intern for 12 hours per week, where you will get to exercise your growing leadership in either kids’ work, youth work, serving the poor, media, family ministries, evangelism or worship.

The cost

Typically you will find your own accommodation and work part-time to cover living expenses. The fee for the year is £980*, which covers:
All the teaching, coaching and training at the centre.
Attendance at the national New Wine Discipleship Year residential weekend away.
Attendance at New Wine’s Retreat to Advance conference.
*The cost including the overseas mission trip with Tearfund in Africa is approximately £2680 (depending upon flight costs at time of booking).

The calendar

17 September 2013: Course starts
October 2013: Residential weekend away
January 2014: Retreat to Advance conference
17 July 2014: Course ends
July/August 2014: Students are expected to serve on team at one of the regional New Wine Summer conferences

The centres

As Transform Network, we are the South East London training centre. We would love to have you on the course down here, but are confident that you’ll also have a great discipleship year at any of the other training centres:

Canterbury
Cheltenham
Manchester
W. London (Ealing)
N. London (Woodford Wells)
SE. London (Sydenham)(that’s us)
Lancaster
Liverpool
Bolton

How to Apply

  1. Pray about it.
  2. Download an application form and send it to your first-choice training centre. Also download two reference request forms and send to two referees, who will need to send directly to your first-choice training centre.
  3. Get your application in before the closing date of 30 August.
  4. Get ready for a life-changing year of adventure and discovery!