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Kairos Discipleship School is designed for students ages 18-26 (high school graduates) who desire to take a focused season of their life to grow in their relationship with the Lord through discipleship, leadership, and missions. We are passionate about seeing God transform the lives of students as they walk with Him.

Many who come to Kairos want to find God’s plan for their lives. Our desire is for our students to discover their unique passions, giftings, and calling, and be equipped to pursue those with excellence.

Many of our students come right out of high school and want to take a gap year before going on to college in order to know God better, build a stronger foundation for their faith, and become more like Christ. We also have students who have completed some college or graduated college and want to grow deeper, get ministry training, and develop their leadership abilities. Some of our students know that they are called to full-time ministry or missions, and they see Kairos as a launching pad. 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. The program lays a strong foundation of faith, knowledge of scripture, and passion for serving others for students headed into vocational ministry as well as those who will work in other fields.

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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 the perfect use of this gap year!

Why is this important? Many surveys and studies indicate that students who were involved in the local church throughout their high school years walk away from their faith upon entering college. In 2013, the Barna Group reported on the increase of twenty-somethings abandoning their faith after spending much of their teen years involved in church. They found that 25% of students who had been churched as teens claimed faith was no longer important to them. 21% of these same students said that Christian beliefs do not make sense to them.

We believe that Kairos Disciple School will provide students with knowledge and experiential living to strengthen and develop their Christian worldview, ultimately equipping their hearts and minds for Christ.

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The Apostle Peter exhorted believers in 2 Peter 1:5 to add virtue to their faith, or “proven character.” The goal of Kairos Discipleship School is to see proven character developed in the lives of students. Throughout Kairos, students will read through the Bible cover to cover, have weekly times of worship and prayer together, and grow alongside each other in a Christ-centered community. We want them to be leaders who can say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” This is why we continually discuss the practical application of all that is learned in the classroom. The pastors and speakers who teach in Kairos also have this same passion: helping students find tangible ways to put into practice the life lessons they are learning.

Students in Kairos develop godly relationships and the ability to be a team player as they learn, grow, serve, and have fun together. We desire to 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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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 the Great Commission. As our students’ passion for the Lord grows, we want them to spread that fire locally and around the world! One way we facilitate this locally is to expose them regularly to a variety of outreach opportunities. Whether it’s interning in a local church, feeding the homeless, or mentoring youth, our students gain experience that will help them share Christ in every area of their lives! Expanding beyond our local ministry, Kairos participates in a stateside mission trip speaking to youth and young adults about missions, and travelling to the inner city of Chicago to serve the homeless. Kairos also has an international mission trip to Kenya to share the Gospel and disciple new believers.

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A normal week incorporates daily classroom teaching Monday through Friday, 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. As a part of Kairos Discipleship School, they will apply what they are learning in the classroom by serving as interns at local churches. This internship will consist of serving in either 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 are full-time with Reign Ministries and raise support. They have dedicated themselves to student development and discipleship. We also often have interns, usually previous Kairos graduates, to assist the staff. The Kairos Director oversees the staff and every aspect of the program. You can see bios on all of our staff HERE.

Our Kairos classes are taught by full-time Reign Ministries staff, pastors, 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 topic. Students get to learn under teachers who are passionate about their topics and 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 phenomenal speakers and pastors on subjects ranging from intimacy with God to leadership and 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.

A sample of the course list covered during the school year:

  • 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 & Evangelism
  • Biblical Leadership
  • Theology
  • World Religions
  • Relationships
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All fees are broken down into four payments throughout the year:

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

This covers room and board, books, expedition trips, 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 be invested in their life and missions. Once accepted, students receive support raising materials that guide them through the 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 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 $2,000 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 academic 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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You can advertise Kairos to your youth group by explaining the benefits of a gap year for spiritual growth and encouraging students to invest 8 months into their relationship with God to benefit the rest of their lives.

To request brochures or have a Reign Ministries Staff member come to speak at your church, email ezimmerman@reignministries.org for more information.

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Dates & Tuition


Dates: September 15, 2019 - May 23, 2020


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 for Kairos Minneapolis! I love seeing lives transformed as they passionately pursue God with all their heart.