What is Form?
Form is a discipleship, leadership, and missional training year for young adults ages 18-29. It is a life-changing year of self-discovery, hearing from God, and being trained for a lifetime of following Jesus in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
What is the TIME FRAME of Form?
It is a 9 month program that goes from September to May, similar to a college year.
What is the structure of Form?
Gather together every Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30 to 2:30 for teaching/training.
Participants can live with one of the leadership families of Grace Gathering, or in a community house.
Regular engagements in the staff rhythms of Grace Gathering.
Missional community engagement and training in other missional experiences.
Serving in some ministry capacity to implement what they are learning.
Interaction with church leaders from around the country within 3DM events
What is the teaching and training content?
Form participants will be trained in the core DNA of tools, language, and philosophy of missional discipleship that church leaders and missionary organizations are receiving all over the world. It is deeply rooted in Scripture, the lifestyle of Jesus, and contextually tailored to living in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
Who will be investing in the Form Participants?
There will be a Form leadership couple on staff that will oversee the program and help train and disciple the participants. Other leaders will invest both formally and informally. Participants will have the opportunity to regularly interact with a team of pioneering national and international leaders who are practitioners on the front lines of living and leading a missional discipleship movement.
Is it possible to work or go to college during the Form year?
Yes. The structured aspect of Form takes place during set hours on Tuesday/Thursday, therefore, participants can work around that to take classes and/or work. Working a full-time job or taking too many classes is not advisable as Form will require 20 hours a week of dedicated time.
"I was working part-time, finished my college degree, got engaged, and did FORM. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it!" —Aaron
What are the Goals of Form?
LEARN AND PRACTICE MINISTRY SKILLS SUCH AS:
- Disciple making
- Missionary Engagement
- Devotional living
- Hearing and being led by the Holy Spirit
- Scripture Study
- Leading groups
- Personality/Spiritual Gift Assessments
- Missional Community Leadership
- Creating a Personal Development Plan
Learn and practice life skills such as:
- Rest and rhythm
- Time management
- Confidence in Identity
- Conflict management
- Healthy family practices
- Financial management
- Forgiveness and Healing
- Decision Making about Future
Is this specifically for those preparing for full-time vocational ministry?
No. Form is intended to give an intensive training environment for a year to prepare young adults for a life-calling of missional discipleship in their community, church, and any vocation.
How much does Form Cost?
The cost for the 9 months is $2,500. This is due at the beginning of the program. This includes all programming fees, administration, and most lunches on the Tuesday/Thursday structured days. This fee does not cover housing. There is a $250 scholarship for any applicant who refers another person to FORM and that person is accepted. Mission trips and other conferences are a part of FORM and have additional fees. There is also additional cost for reading materials. Books can be purchased for reduced cost through FORM.
Without FORM, it probably would have taken me 9 years instead of 9 months to learn to hear the voice of the Lord." —Hannah
"FORM has been worth the cost because it has made a substantial and lasting difference in how I view my relationship with Christ, my relationship with others, and what following God with my whole life really means." —Malachi
How should a participant pay for Form?
The goal is that the entire amount will be raised by contributors. This will include family, friends, and church. Many people raise more than half of this amount simply for a two-week missions trip. With prayer, some training, and online resources like GoFundMe, Form participants may be surprised how feasible it will be to raise this entire amount and what God teaches them through that process alone. No one should let the cost be an obstacle.
RETREATS, CONFERENCES AND MISSION TRIPS
As part of the FORM experience you will be participating in two retreats, a young adult Christian conference, 3DM training workshops at Grace Gathering, a Poverty Immersion experience, and a week long international missions trip.
During the year we will have two retreats. One to start the year, and one to end the year. These cover a Monday night through Wednesday morning. The cost for these are included in your FORM tuition fee.
During Christmas Break we take a five-day trip to a young adult training and worship conference. The cost for this trip is lunch and dinner money for five days. There will also be opportunity to be a part of leadership training conferences that take place at Grace Gathering. Cost of these is included in your FORM tuition.
Near the end of year you will take a week long international missions trip. We currently have a relationship with a ministry in Haiti. Costs for this are NOT included in your FORM tuition fee. There will be a large fundraising event that covers most of the cost, which is usually around $1,000 (a great deal!) with airfare. Other funds to cover all costs, will be raised through support letters and small fundraising projects. In addition you will get to participate in a Poverty Immersion experience in Ohio. The cost for this is $100 and is not included in your FORM Tuition fee.
FORM COMMUNITY HOUSING
The FORM journey is not just about receiving information on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We want to give everyone that does FORM the opportunity to learn what it means to be a family on mission. Living in community with other committed young adults is an invaluable part of the experience. Community Housing is $150/month for a shared room or $300/month for a single room, if available. This cost does not cover food or other living expenses like laundry, cleaning, etc.
Living with a church Host familY
For some people their circumstances may not allow this, but it is encouraged if the participant is single as this is a part of the entire experience and training. Discipleship is both caught and taught. Seeing firsthand how church leaders live and implement the calling of leadership in everyday life will provide many life lessons. The housing cost of $200/month does cover a few dinners per week with the host family as well.
ARE THERE OTHER FORM EXPRESSIONS ELSEWHERE?
What are the requirements for being accepted?
One must be a growing believer in Jesus, agree to a general statement of faith, fill out an application, submit two character references (one being from a home church leader), have access to personal transportation, have a high school diploma, and pass the interview process. Applications will be received from January through July 15. Submitting applications as soon as possible is advised so that applicants can be reviewed and accepted to maximize the amount of time for raising funds before the September 5 start-up date.