NVC’s Encounter Year exists to take you on a journey of moulding your life around the framework of Jesus – a lifestyle characterised by both a journey inward spiritually and a dynamic journey outward.
In this way, we become carriers and multipliers of the Kingdom and learn to live a life of restful, supernatural power in ministry and in life.
The vision is for you to enter a genuine discipleship programme that is designed to: Deepen your relationship and intimacy with Jesus, Develop your leadership skills in church ministry by applying kingdom principles as you serve and Draw you to live out a naturally supernatural lifestyle, seeing the kingdom coming more and more in your own lives and in the lives of those around you.
In this, we invite you to: Imagine what the outworking of the Kingdom of God might look like in your life, Dare to live a life of risk and expectation as you pursue a lifestyle of mission within community and Become the person God had in mind when he created you.
The year runs from September to July, over 3 terms, Term 1, 25th September – 8th December, Term 2, 8th January – 23rd March and Term 3, 16th April –8th. Discipleship year will run all on Mondays, one weekday extra (this day will be flexible), and you will also commit to the Sunday services at NVC.
Commitment from you: We will expect from you a commitment of 2.5 days in any week, which should enable you to take some part-time employment. This will involve: Service on a Sunday at NVC, a commitment to outward focused ministry – Through one of NVC’s existing ministries – Mercy ministry, Evangelism (Healing on the Streets, Coffee Shop Prophecy, Street Prophecy) or one you would like to develop. Responsibility in one other ministry on a flexible day – Kid’s work, worship, administration, Students, Youth, Media, Hospitality.
NVC will commit to: Mentoring/coaching (on a practical basis), participation in Hub, the Vineyard UK leadership development programme. In addition, you will be able to take hub+ – the vineyard Institute theology programme. A programme of in-house transformation of mind and spirit. The keys to attaining a life of restful power in ministry and life are obtained by well-directed, decisive and sustained effort that combine spiritual disciplines and kingdom learning. This learning community will comprise planned sessions of spiritual disciplines, and reflection and action on the implications of the set reading material. Access to all events run by NVC as well as some training courses.If you have not been through the School of Supernatural Evangelism (SSE), you will be expected to do that as well, since it provides essential foundations for understanding the Kingdom of God.
Unlike most discipleship years of this type, we won’t be expecting you to pay us for the privilege of simply taking part in the year. But, having said that, it is going to cost you – and it’s up to you to start taking responsibility now to ensure you’ll be able to cover your expenses for the year (mainly living expenses).
Seek God. Pray. Talk to those you trust and love. Is this year for you? If it isn’t, it could be one of the most painful years of your life! If it is, it could be one if the most painful years of your life! Painful, but exciting and pivotal and transformational and envisioning. If you want to go for it, fill in the application form and submit it to us ASAP. We’ll then consider each application. Please let your small group leader know that you’re applying for the year, as we’ll be asking them if they are happy to support your application
Students are expected to attend classes, ministries, mission trips, meet with mentors, small group and church services regularly and punctually. You can take up to 5 weeks off over the year by prior agreement with the Discipleship Year leaders.
Discipling of Students
The freedom of “The Way” environment requires a high level of self-management. Any student struggling to make wise choices will receive loving exhortation, designed to help draw out the greatness within the disciples. By signing up to the year, you are allowing the leaders of the year to speak with authority into your life.
Code of Conduct
Disciples will seek to ‘be imitators of God’ with ‘not even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity,’ living as ‘children of light’ and finding out ‘what pleases the Lord’ (Ephesians 5:1-12). This standard governs our personal and public life.
Regular participation in the life of the church – including small group attendance, coming on a Sunday, giving financially to the church.
Sunday serving – As a member of the team you will be expected to be at all your site services on a Sunday. Typically, disciples serve at 60% of the services in a month, in a wide variety of roles. Some of these might not be your dream teams to serve on but the emphasis is on serving, not you!
We have a reading list with set texts which you will be expected to read. You will also be expected to maintain your own prayer/devotional life with God..
Please note: A discipleship year is not for those who are looking for a place of recovery, self-based discipleship or for people who are coming out of lifestyle sins. The year is designed to be a discipleship year where our students encounter their identity, learn the attributes of the Kingdom and walk in the authority and power of the King. Students come to serve and grow in mission, where the focus is outward not inward.