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Kairos Discipleship School is for students, age 18-26 (high school graduates), who want to take a season of their life to focus on their relationship with God through discipleship, leadership, and missions. We are passionate about equipping young adults to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

For over 15 years, we have come alongside and taught our students how to have a passion for God, a compassion for the lost, a love for fellow believers, and a desire to make an impact for God’s kingdom. This is done through classes taught by pastors, professors, and other ministry professionals, small group interactions, weekly one-on-ones with staff, different ministry opportunities (local outreach, internships, and mission trips), and the openness of a student to allow the Holy Spirit to mold their hearts.

The short answer?

Anyone who has graduated high school (ages 18-26) and wants to grow as a follower of Christ.

The long answer?

  • Students Who Just Graduated From High School
  • Many students want to take a gap year before college in order to know God better and become more like Christ.
  • Students Who Have Completed Some College or Graduated From College
  • Kairos is an opportunity for our students to refocus their faith after four long years in college (or even take a brief gap amidst their education!)
  • Students Going into Vocational Ministry
  • Kairos can be a great launching pad for students looking to go into full-time ministry.
  • Students Not Going into Vocational Ministry
  • This program lays a strong foundation of faith, knowledge of scripture, and passion to serve others regardless of the career path our students take.
  • Anyone Still Searching for Direction
  • We also have students who are unsure about their future and come with an open heart. Kairos allows them to draw close to God as they seek His plan for their life.

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Taking a gap year is increasing in popularity - many students decide to take a year off between graduating high school and entering college to expand their experiences and worldview. Kairos Discipleship School is a great way to spend that year!

What value is there in a discipleship school? Many surveys and studies indicate that students who grew up in the church often walk away from their faith during their time at college. They are presented with countless contradictory worldviews and beliefs that seem appealing and their faith has not been developed to stand against them.

Kairos provides students with knowledge and experiential learning to develop and strengthen their Christian worldview, ultimately equipping their hearts and minds to serve Christ. They will also develop Godly relationships and the ability to live in a healthy community as they learn, grow, serve, and have fun together. We do life alongside our students, creating space for them to process, ask questions, and apply what they are learning. Small group leaders meet one-on-one with their students to individualize discipleship and point them closer to God.

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We model passion.

Our staff passionately exemplify Christian lives of intellectual, emotional, and experiential abundance, and our students adopt this excitement. They observe us enthusiastically discussing theology or apologetics. They see our passion for God overflow. Luke 6:40 says, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” We aspire to be the kind of teachers and leaders that young believers can emulate.

We help remove obstacles.

Sometimes students come with baggage that can prevent them from fully, passionately pursuing Christ. If left unaddressed, these obstacles can be paralyzing. Sometimes this comes in the form of personal sin. It’s hard to be passionate about God while hiding from Him because of the sin in your life. Our staff are continually examining their own lives, and we encourage our students to examine theirs as well. We also know that misplaced priorities can keep our faith stagnant. Kairos is a safe place to develop a passion for God by reining in other passions that can easily distract us from Him.

We don’t just preach at our students; we help guide them.

It is true that we teach a lot of knowledge such as the Old and New Testament, World Religions, and our identity in Christ, but we also spend a lot of time wrestling through related questions. For example, why do they believe what they believe about a hot topic in our culture? In order to help students get excited about their faith, we help them see that the Christian worldview is reasonable and true.

We also help them understand why the Bible, and what it says, should matter to them. They are able to see how certain truths impact their lives. They see how it changes the way they view themselves and the world around them. The truth that comes from the Word of God begins to guide and protect them.

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It has been said that discipleship and evangelism are like two sides of the same coin. You can't have one without the other. We believe that God has given us a global mission and that our students should be active in this Great Commission. As our students’ passion for the Lord grows, we want them to spread that passion locally and around the world! Kairos participates in a stateside mission trip speaking to youth and young adults about missions and we travel to the inner city of Chicago to serve the homeless. We also take an international mission trip to Kenya to share the Gospel and disciple new believers.

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A normal week (M-F) incorporates daily classroom teaching, worship and prayer, discussion group, fitness, and small group. Students meet individually with their small group leader on a weekly basis, volunteer with local ministries and organizations, and, of course, have some time for fun large group activities.

They will also apply what they are learning in the classroom by serving as interns with local churches. This internship will consist of serving in Jr. High, High School, or Children’s Ministries alongside seasoned pastors and lay volunteers. Serving in this way will provide them with a healthy and consistent environment to grow as Godly leaders and learn how to disciple others. Our hope is that as they gain new skills, their appreciation for the local church will deepen.

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All of the Kairos Staff work full-time with Reign Ministries and raise their own financial support. They have dedicated themselves to student development and discipleship. We also may have interns, usually previous Kairos graduates, to assist the staff. The Kairos Director, Erika Zimmerman, oversees the staff and every aspect of the program. You can see bios for all of our staff HERE.

Our classes are taught by full-time Reign Ministries staff, pastors, professors, missionaries, authors, and ministry leaders. Kairos is blessed to have relationships with many gifted teachers! Most often these speakers will teach for a week on their particular subject. Students get to learn from teachers who are passionate and very knowledgeable about their topics, and they are able to experience a variety of teaching styles.

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Our class subjects are chosen based on our three core focuses: personal and biblical foundations, leadership, and missions. Students are in class for 15 hours each week, hearing from speakers and pastors on subjects ranging anywhere from intimacy with God to cross-cultural evangelism.

The Kairos classroom is very interactive, and our students learn from a variety of teaching styles. Our class sizes are smaller, resulting in an interactive environment through large group discussions, small group discussions, and time for personal reflection and response. Our goal in the classroom is for our students to be transformed by the teachings through application of what is being taught.

Some (but not all!) of the topics covered during the Kairos school year include:

  • Overview of the Old and New Testament
  • A Lifestyle of Worship and Prayer
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Identity in Christ
  • Youth Ministry
  • Church History
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • The Father Heart of God
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Missions and Evangelism
  • Biblical Leadership
  • Theology
  • World Religions
  • Relationships
   

Learn more about our Class Topics.

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All fees are broken down into four payments throughout the year:

  • August - $550 (deposit)
  • September - $4,000
  • January - $4,100
  • April - $1,850
  • Total for Kairos Discipleship School: $10,500

This covers room and board, books, excursions, a stateside missions trip, and an international missions trip. Along with personal contributions, students are encouraged to raise support for Kairos. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to invest in their life and spiritual development. Once accepted, we will guide each student through the support raising process.

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Kairos partners with Oak Hills Christian College (OHCC) in Bemidji, MN. OHCC recognizes the value and importance of a discipleship school. Students who attend and graduate Kairos in good standing can be granted up to a year’s worth of transfer credits to OHCC. OHCC is committed to working diligently to grant the most generous transfer possible for all Kairos students. In addition to the transfer credits, they will offer a $2,400 scholarship per year to all Kairos students. For more information about OHCC, visit their website at www.oakhills.edu.

For students planning on furthering their education after Kairos, colleges and universities may grant credit for coursework and training from a program such as ours, but they require the student to provide the proper documentation. The field of study that a student chooses to go into can also determine whether credits will be given. The student is responsible for contacting their school and/or academic advisor regarding receiving academic credit. We will provide the student with the proper documentation that may be required. While students may be eligible to receive college credit for graduating Kairos, we are not an accredited school.

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Dates & Tuition


Dates: September 13, 2020 - May 21, 2021


Tuition: $10,500 (See more details of tuition requirements under our "FEES". )

Director of Kairos

  • Erika Zimmerman- Full Bio >>
  • I am from Madison, Wisconsin. In 2003 I joined Reign Ministries to help start and staff the Kairos Discipleship School and became Director in 2011! I love seeing students' lives transformed as they passionately pursue God with all their heart.
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