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What It Is

Foundations will help you to encounter God, be transformed, and be equipped with knowledge and experiences that will help you live according to God's will as a disciple of Jesus who is fulfilling your call in His Kingdom. It is ideal for anyone who wants to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus but is unable to participate in the greater time and life commitments required for the Antioch Discipleship School ("ADS"). It is also ideal for people who want a taste of what ADS is like, whether they are Training School alumni looking for a refresher or potential future ADS students.

 

What It Requires

Time Commitment

By participating in Foundations, you are committing to set aside a season of your life to grow in your relationship with God. You need to make seeking God a greater priority by setting aside part of the year to engage with Him through the Bible, worship, service, community, and teachings designed to bring deeper understanding of essential facets of living as a Great Commission-fulfilling disciple of Jesus (see Matthew 28:18-20).

We meet one night per week for a total of 24 classes divided into Fall and Winter semesters.

Accountability

While enrolled in Foundations, you are making a choice to allow others to invest in your life, challenge you, encourage you, and hold you accountable. Your growth and transformation this year will be largely determined by your willingness to invest time and to follow through with assignments.

Sacrifice

If you are committing to Foundations and trusting that God will transform your life this year, you need to create space in your life to grow. Our strong encouragement is for you to pray through the areas of your life that take up your time, energy and thoughts to see what could be sacrificed for a season. Pray about extracurricular activities, clubs, hobbies, media (books, tv, social media, magazines, secular music, games, etc.), alcohol consumption, etc.

A Teachable Heart

We expect that you enter the school willing to learn and obey what is taught. A teachable heart is a key attribute of someone who desires growth and change in their walk with the Lord.

Matthew 18:3 - And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Our heart attitude this year will be child-like in our willingness to learn, change, and listen to our Father.

Participation

No more than 4 absences for the year

Outreach

One full day outreach to a local city during both the Fall and Spring.

Time with God

Our goal is to make a commitment to spending time with the Lord every day.

Serving a Ministry

2 hours of service to a ministry in our church or doing outreach.

Bible Reading

Read through selections of the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Memorization

Memorize a chapter of scripture each semester. Chapter TBD.

 

Tuition

$500 for new students, $900 for couples, $350 for former Training School Students

Tuition covers: director and staff stipends, honorariums & travel expenses for guest speakers, meeting space utilities (heat, electricity, etc.), books and supplies.

 

Important Dates & Events

Weekly Class Time : 6-9:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Occasionally, we will switch to another night during the week depending on speaker schedule.

  • September 27: Fall Semester Begins
  • Early November (Saturday): Outreach Day with ADS
  • December 13: Last Class of Fall Semester
  • January 17: Spring Semester Begins
  • April 4: Last Class of Spring Semester

 

Application

Nonfulfillment

If students are consistently not meeting expectations (completing assignments or readings, paying tuition, exceeding absences, etc.), they must meet with ADS leadership to discuss their commitment to the school and options for how they can meet the expectations. If after the first meeting, they still are consistently not meeting expectations, they will meet again with ADS leadership to discuss the possibility of a transition out of the school based on their choices.