Get ready for a summer that will change your life forever.
Discipleship Focus features an all-summer discipleship program that combines the real life elements of work, biblical studies and nurturing, the support of a Christian community, and the opportunity for friendship evangelism.
The purpose of the program is for participants to grow in an abiding, dependent relationship with Jesus Christ. Many maturing and teachable young men and women who are seeking God’s leading have found this program to be a life-changing experience as they have established a firm foundation out of which flows ministry and service.
“It has become so much easier and desirable to trust God with absolutely everything, even when it is scary or when it doesn’t seem to make sense.”
“God really truly loves me. I’ve heard it a lot before, but it moved from head knowledge to heart knowledge.”
“I have learned a lot about God’s sovereignty and grace, His power and love. He doesn’t need me, but desires me. I have learned to find my significance in Him alone and to be totally in love with Him.”
Do I Qualify to Apply?
2 Timothy 2:2 says, “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men [people], who will be able to teach others also” (NASB).
Believing this to be a clear biblical definition and purpose for a discipling ministry, this program is for men and women who:
Are teachable, have displayed qualities of faithfulness in their lives, are seeking God’s leading and have a sincere desire to grow in an intimate, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.
Are at least one full year out of high school, preferably two or more. College graduates and career people are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Are able to come for the entire program unless prearranged exceptions are made. Exceptions are allowed for school or Young Life leaders to take kids to camp.
Are willing to make the Commitments listed within this website.
If you feel that you qualify for our program, please click here to read the application procedure and apply.
As part of attending Discipleship Focus, there are several commitments that we ask you to make before you come.
1. To stay for the entire program period unless exceptions for school or Young Life responsibilities are made prior to arrival. If I have to miss any of the program, I will keep up with the required study.
2. To attend and be on time to all required meetings and other functions.
3. To submit to the program leadership.
4. To read the chapter(s) assigned each week, write out answers to the questions, and come to discussion meetings prepared.
5. To spend regular one-on-one time with leadership.
6. To work willingly, cheerfully, and to the best of my ability at whatever job I am assigned. I will be at work each scheduled day, unless legitimately sick, be on time, and submit to the authority and regulations of leads and supervisors.
7. To make every effort to develop closeness and unity with my cabin mates and small group, be open and available to friendships with the entire community, include others in activities and avoid “cliques”.
8. To refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs the entire time I am living at either property–before, during or after program.
9. To be “non-exclusive” and “non-physical” in relationships, both within and outside the program, as defined below.
10. To be in my own cabin and in my own bunk by the designated curfew times.
11. Participants must be willing to submit to standards of lifestyle and male/female relationships deemed to be in the best interest of the group, and the best witness to those with whom we work. We ask that guys and girls develop friendships with the entire group and that no relationship becomes exclusive. By exclusive we mean a relationship with an individual of either sex, or a small group of people, where you are always together, others feel uncomfortable in your presence and you are not available to the community. This in no way eliminates one-on-one time alone with another person or the development of relationships that are more special than others. However, exclusive relationships are detrimental to the community as a whole as they reduce the opportunity to be available to minister to others, or to be ministered to. We also ask that you refrain from dating co-workers and others in the area, and that all relationships not be physical beyond what would be appropriate with any other member of the community.
Below are the dates for the upcoming year. Discipleship Focus features an all-summer discipleship program that combines the real life elements of work, biblical studies and nurturing, the support of a Christian community, and the opportunity for friendship evangelism.
May 31 – August 10, 2018
Arrival Dates: May 30, 2018
May 31 – August 10, 2018
Arrival Dates: May 30, 2018
Please prayerfully consider if God wants you in this program before applying. We ask that your application not be just one of many for the summer, but that you are seriously committed to coming if accepted. If you are accepted, we hope that a cancellation would only be a result of God closing the door for some reason unforeseen by you at this time. We are associated with Young Life, but not exclusive to Young Life. If you have never been involved with Young Life please feel free to prayerfully consider applying to this program.
In order to apply, you must fill out an Application. You must also have someone who knows you well fill out an Evaluation of you. It should be completed by a ministry leader or person with knowledge about your spiritual status and maturity–preferably not an immediate family member or friend.
Alumni wishing to return to the program need only to fill out a Returnee Application. No Evaluation is necessary for returnees.
You and your evaluator have several options for submitting your Application and Evaluation to us.
1. You can fill out the appropriate online form by clicking on the links below
2. Or you can download the forms using Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a FREE download and should only take between 1 and 5 minutes, depending on your connection.
If you download the application and/or evaluation, you can return the completed form to us via email, fax, or standard mail. Our fax number is 865-428-4011.
The mailing address is:
2953 Veterans Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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