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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, gifting, and calling, and be equipped to pursue those with excellence.

Many of our students come right out of high school and they want to take a gap year before going on to college to know God better, build a stronger foundation in 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 both students headed into vocational ministry and those who will work in the business world.

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A gap year is increasing in popularity; many students decide to take a year after high school before going onto 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 very involved in the local church throughout their school years walk away from their faith upon entering college. Recently, the Barna Group reported on the spiritual involvement of twenty-somethings. The findings: Only 20 percent of students who were highly churched as teens remained spiritually active by age 29.

We believe that by strengthening students’ Christian worldview, Kairos Discipleship School will provide them with knowledge and experiential living that will equip their hearts and minds.

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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 level of appreciation for the local church will deepen.

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The Apostle Peter exhorted believers in 2 Peter 1:5 to add to their faith virtue 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 teamwork 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, "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! Kairos also goes beyond local ministry when we travel to the inner city of Los Angeles to serve the homeless. Each school also has an international mission trip to Central America to share the Gospel and disciple new believers.

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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.

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 receive 15 class 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 which fosters 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 - $4000
  • January - $4100
  • March - $1850
  • Total for Kairos Discipleship School: $10,500
 

This covers room and board, books, expedition trips, a L.A. missions trip and an international missions trip to Central America. 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. *See specific school location for exact dates.

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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 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 your coursework and training from a program such as ours, but they require you 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 you are able to receive 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 importance 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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