School of Discipleship has a clear focus: forming the nature of Jesus in the lives of young people. Students learn and grow not just through classes but through a year of immersion within GFA World’s Home Office. They attend classes and study curriculum focused on spiritual growth as they work alongside their teachers. This creates a unique environment for students to deepen their relationship with Christ, as they study and learn from the examples set before them.
School of Discipleship is not an accredited college, traditional school, or internship, but rather, a year to experience Jesus like never before.
1. Core Values
The ten Core Values of GFA give students the basis in understanding the culture of GFA. Also they give them direction for the rest of the year and guidance for their personal life. The first five Core Values, deal with the inner life and the next five, with the outer life. These are the basis and context where all other lessons the students will study make sense.
2. The Way of the Master
In this unit, students will go through The Way of the Master personal evangelism basic training program by Ray Comfort. Many Christians are uncomfortable sharing their faith. Learning an approach to sharing the gospel can be very helpful in removing much of the apprehension that typically goes with personal evangelism.
“...reading this book (Way of the Master) has blessed me so much that I am now confident in sharing the gospel to the lost people in this world....”
3. The Calvary Road
As students learn who they are in Christ they will learn to love and serve Him more. As they learn brokenness they will see it as an opportunity to grow in all areas of their life and to become more like Jesus.
4. Against the Wind
Having practical and tangible applications of what to do and how to develop disciplines based on 2 Timothy will help the students know how to develop godly habits that will carry them through the year and the rest of their life. All of this is based on the fact that they are to love Christ above all else.
“Against the Wind helped me recognize that there is a standard to live by. Not perfection or being super Christian like I previously thought, but being centered on Christ and living a principled-blameless life before Him and the world.”
5. True Discipleship
With practical tangible applications and disciplines, there is still a need to develop an inner life of the correct attitude towards making hard choices to follow the Lord. But with the heart to love the Lord this will be a joy not a burden.
“This book (True Discipleship) is so inspirational and has given me practical examples of how to live like a disciple in this day and age.”
6. Why Grace Changes Everything
From his own life Pastor Chuck Smith unfolds the mystery of grace and reveals a surprising truth: we can never grow in grace by our own efforts. True grace flows from the heart of the Father through the love of Jesus Christ.
“Why Grace Changes Everything has truly opened my eyes to God’s grace. This has really made an impact on my relationship with God.”
7. How to Pray
Along with all the times of prayer this very practical book by R.A. Torrey will help the students to know how to keep their prayer lives going strong after they graduate.
8. Protecting God’s Calling
No matter what the students decide to do after graduation—joining GFA World as members, go to serve some other place or go to college they need the encouragement to keep what they learned close to their hearts and never let go.
9. End of the Year – The Last Things
A reminder of the main things they learned during the year—that it’s all about Jesus, servanthood, discipline and choosing to follow the Lord no matter what.
10. The Bible from 30,000 Feet
Students study through 65 teachings from Pastor Skip Heitzig of Calvary of Albuquerque covering the highlights of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. This gives students a great overview of the Old and New Testaments.