The aim of the one-year internship is to build young leaders who live out the values of Jesus Christ. They experience four sessions of intensive training throughout the year which includes personal and spiritual development and ministry skills. The training sessions are interspersed with hands-on ministry experience in a local church community. Interns also receive accreditation towards further theological studies.
Read Levi Jones’s story. He is currently the youth leader at his home church (coaching team years: 2006, 2007):
Being on J-Life teams grew me in many ways. Physically… I picked up weight. Spiritually, I grew in my walk with God. I also grew in love – Love for God and love for people. I learned how to show love to people, no matter who they are.
The training and practical experience I had during my two years totally prepared me for working in my church. I’ve been able to set up foundational structures, which help me create an environment where the lost can be won and followed up and believers are challenged to grow.
The biggest thing I learnt while with J-Life is how to be a true disciple of Jesus. Even if I forget all the rest, this is the one thing I will always work towards with God’s help.
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Four training intensives will take place throughout the year. The first intensive will last about four weeks and starts in January. The subsequent intensives will each be about two weeks long and are scheduled for the end of each South African school term. Trainees will work in their various ministry contexts between training intensives.
A team of 3 or 4 young people are sent to church that has requested help in starting or improving a ministry with young people in their community. The goal is that the team will build other disciples within the church to carry on with the ministry after the team has left at the end of the year.
This programme is designed to give the young person excellent training and ministry tools. However, instead of being placed into a church with a team, they will return to their home church to minister.
Those in the "Life Discipleship" programme return to their church after each training session to be guided by a pastor or mentor. This person will assist and teach that individual the life skills needed in order to make godly life choices with reference to vocation, relationships, work ethics, ministry, etc. J-Life assists that local church by providing the course material that will be completed by the individual under the guidance of their pastor of mentor.