Ministry Students

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Becoming a Ministry Student

If you are 18-25 years old, currently following Jesus, want to live a meaningful life now, and desire to learn about living like Jesus – then keep reading.

Are you teachable? Are you willing to sacrifice temporary things for eternal gains? Feel like you were created for more? Feel like you are stuck with no forward motion?

The Elmira Discipleship House is open to those who align with the above criteria. (Learn more about if you are fit for this program by clicking here: Challenges and Opportunities). Ministry students will enter into a dormitory style, 10 month long residential-training environment, centered on the reality of Jesus Christ. Students in the house can expect 10-12 hours per week committed to teaching and “lab”; where they will put feet to what the Holy Spirit is teaching them through the week.

Please note – the intensity of the training is not so heavy that you cannot be a full-time student or full-time employee while living in the House. In fact, students are encouraged to be out working* and living in their city. Experiencing “real life” while being trained and discipled to walk with the Lord. Christianity is not something we want to live out disconnected from our everyday lives. However, you will learn about living with margin and prioritizing.

The Elmira Discipleship House is a part-time training program, where we center around 10-12 hours per week of “required class and outreach time”; but we are full time because of the time-commitment that community living requires. In short the teaching and training part of the program is part time, but the lifestyle is full time.

One of the realities that Jesus lived was his obedience to the Father. “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what He sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:17). In the Elmira Discipleship House, we want you to learn a rhythm of life that is in step with Jesus, as He was always in sync with his Heavenly Father. (Read more about our program’s daily and monthly rhythms here).

The rhythm of the house will move you from Monday through Sunday with scheduled teaching, FaceTime (prayer and Bible study), meditation, and lab. All of the practices through the week will push you towards intimacy with Christ, knowing Him, listening to the Holy Spirit and learning from Him; then responding in obedience.

The foundational principles of the Elmira Discipleship House program are taken from the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:37-39.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our program is centered on these three objectives for a holistic discipleship approach:

  • Love God
  • Love Neighbor
  • Love Self

Our desire is for students to graduate from the House:

  • Knowing their Father and having a solid independent relationship with Him.
  • With a healthy understanding of their identity in Christ that allows them to receive value for themselves and others. And to be able to teach and lead others closer to Christ.
  • To know their purpose in Christ and to be healed and prepared emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, to carry out the various callings of the Lord on their lives.

One of the main ways we learn to “Love God, Love Neighbor, and Love Self, is through Community Living.

“Why Community Living?”   

In Genesis 1, God says “let us make man in our image”. One of the first times we hear God speak, we hear Him speak to the relationship and community that the Trinity is, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and to our identity – made in the image of God. An image that reflects that we are designed and created for relationships in community.

In brief, the reasons for our discipleship program, also being residential, are to train students in and expose students to the following:

  1. Authentic Relationships – this is the heart of the Father for them. And they will develop (or grow in) the skills they need to build these types of relationships for the rest of their lives.
  2. Accountability – living with others forces us to be real with our real stuff – and work through it together.
  3. Effective Communication and appropriate, healthy vulnerability in what we need and desire (great training for marriage and leadership positions some day!).
  4. Conflict Resolution (picture your church small group – Awesome! Now picture living with them every day. This is the House. ☺ ).
  5. Learning Honor in the small things and character building (follow through with house chores – doing your dishes and honoring a roommate who prefers things neater…)
  6. Brothers and Sisters in Christ – our program intentionally includes both young men and young women. Young adults can focus so much on finding the ‘right one’ that they miss learning that the Kingdom of God is brothers and sisters, and serving with them the rest of their lives.

Should a student have a full financial support and not need to work while in the House, and they are also not in college, they will be expected to volunteer and serve in the city. For more financial information email Tre at 

Important Dates

Applications Due

August 1st, 2017

Student Ministry Year

Move in: September 9th, 2017

Graduation: June 23rd, 2018

Apply Now

Applications for the 2017-2018 ministry year are now being accepted!

Pray, ask God what He desires for you, and if the Elmira Discipleship House is a good thing then click below!

Costs and Next Steps

Tuition is $4000 per student for an 10 month ministry year (or $400 monthly). Tuition covers housing, laundry facilities, and regular outreaches. Students will also need to pay for two ministry trips for the year. Consider sending support letters if you need some help!

Students will be expected to secure a means of paying by the time they enter the ministry; via support letters or through working. If you are serious about this opportunity but are not sure how you will pay for tuition, fill out the application and we will discuss possible options.