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ABIDE: 3-Week Discipleship Training

Take intentional time to cultivate your discipleship to Jesus and be equipped with the tools to invite others to be His disciples.

UPCOMING PROGRAM

HOW DO I REGISTER?

There are three steps to registration...
  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Notify your Church Elder
  3. Receive an acceptance email and complete your payment

Who is the 3-Week Discipleship Training for?

Apostolic Christians 18 years and older who want to intentionally cultivate their hearts to go deeper into abundance and obedience to Jesus.
We accept a maximum of 20 students for each discipleship training session.

We invite you to:

  • Find space to be renewed through intentional time with Jesus.
  • Grow in both abundance of life and obedience to the Word.
  • Learn how to lead others into discipleship to Jesus.
  • Experience intimate, small-group Christian community.
  • Go deeper with an optional three weeks of online training after the program.

The Curriculum

Abide Discipleship Training focuses on teaching practical, experiential exercises within a body of believers designed to help form students’ character into the image of Jesus. Through attending the training, students will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Cultivating a Christ-centered lifestyle
  • How God changes lives from the inside out
  • Accessing God’s grace for powerful daily living

Cost:

The cost of the Abide: 3-Week Discipleship Training is $1000, which includes lodging, meals, instructors, and most supplies. Travel to Peachtree City, Georgia, is not included. However, we never want cost to be an issue for our students. If you have any questions about the cost of Abide or need financial assistance, please see the FAQ below, and then contact us with any further questions at ifunk@accounseling.org.

Daily Schedule:

Each day at Abide is slightly different, but below is a breakdown of an average day. Each activity is approached with an aim of deepening your relationship with Christ. Weekends consist of free time, personal study, or special activities. Note: This schedule is subject to change.

6:30 AM Morning Meditation
7:30 AM Exercise
8:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Teaching Session
12:45 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Creative Work Project
4:00 PM Reflection / Study
5:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Evening Reflection / Study or Activity

Optional: Three Weeks of Online Training at Home:

After your 3-week in-person training program is completed, students are offered a virtual extension of the program! While this extension of online training at home is not required, it is STRONGLY encouraged. As part of the online training, students will continue to receive teaching resources and participate in evening Zoom sessions to connect with other students in their cohort while receiving encouragement in their discipleship practices back in the context of their home-life. More information on this portion of the training will be offered during the in-person session.

FAQ:

Who can come?

Anyone 18 years or older who has determined to bring his/her entire life into discipleship to Jesus is invited to attend this training. If you are looking to deepen your relationship with Jesus, be spiritually invigorated, and/or learn to make disciples, this program may be an excellent fit for you. Though many of our students are young adults we also welcome older singles, married couples, families, ministers, and Christians in a season of transition to attend.

Is this program only open to the Apostolic Christian Church of America (ACCA)?

This is a ministry of the ACCA and for the ACCA. Therefore, this program is open only to regular attendees of an Apostolic Christian Church.

How much does it cost?

The total cost to attend the Abide: 3-Week Discipleship Training program is $1000. This cost includes your room/board, food, and learning resources (books, handouts, etc.).

What if I can't afford to attend?

We understand that the cost to attend the Discipleship Training may be difficult to afford. Here are a couple ideas that might help you cover the cost…

  • Send a letter to your family and friends telling them about the discipleship program and your interest in attending. In the letter, include the cost of the program, and request help from anyone who may be interested in supporting you financially.
  • Talk to members of your local church about your interest in the discipleship program and how they could help support you in your discipleship journey.

How do I get there?

Students are responsible for their own transportation to, from, and during the program. Although, we do not want this to be a hindrance to anyone coming. If you require travel accommodations, please reach out to ifunk@accounseling.org.

Where will I stay?

For the majority of the time, you will stay with a family from the Peachtree City Apostolic Christian Church. The host family will serve primarily as a place for you to sleep. Most of your time will be spent with other students in the Abide program. Also, there may be an opportunity to stay in a chaperoned, mountain lodge during the ending portion of the program.

Can I come for just a portion of the training?

Aside from emergencies, we generally only allow students to participate if they plan to stay for the entire three weeks.

Will there be food?

Yes! We will provide three meals every weekday along with some snacks. Although, you should plan to bring some money with you for any eating out that may occur on the weekends.

Why does the program only accept 15-20 students?

Through the Abide: Discipleship Training, students often form strong bonds with one another. The small group context of Abide encourages those relationships to flourish within an atmosphere of love and vulnerability.

Why is the program so long?

We live in a culture that demands speed and drives us towards the next conference or event to have a spiritual experience. While these often are great blessings to us, the primary focus of Abide is cultivating the heart, and the heart generally won’t be rushed. It takes time to set aside all our distractions and allow our hearts to unravel in stillness before God. The length of Abide allows for the transformation that occurs when we participate in the slow process of being known and knowing others.

What does a day at the discipleship training look like?

Each day at Abide is slightly different, but here is a breakdown of an average day. Each activity is approached with an aim of deepening your relationship with Christ. Weekends consist of free time, personal study, or special activities. Note: This schedule is subject to change.

6:30 AM Morning Meditation

7:30 AM Exercise

8:30 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM Teaching Session

12:45 PM Lunch

2:30 PM Creative Work Project

4:00 PM Reflection / Study

5:30 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Evening Reflection / Study or Activity

What topics are covered in the program?

All the topics covered during the Abide: 3-Week Discipleship Training are based on Abide’s three essential goals: Renewal, Growth, and Equipping.

During the program we dive deeply into topics such as…

  • Who is a disciple, how to become one, and how to help others become one
  • Deepening our relationship with Jesus as disciples
  • Breaking off unhealthy habits (of both mind and body)
  • Forming healthy habits for Christian living

What is the optional 3-week online training?

After you’ve completed the in-person training, Abide wants to support you in applying what you’ve learned back into your everyday life at home. That’s why we offer continued follow-up discussion with the Abide: 3-Week ONLINE Discipleship Training. During this online portion of the program, you will continue connecting with your cohort (through video) during live, evening discussion group sessions. Throughout the online training, you will also receive teaching videos from our staff to encourage further growth in your relationship with the Lord.

During the first week of the online training, you will receive supplementary learning materials and participate in nightly video discussion groups with the other students. In the second week of online learning, you will continue to receive some supplementary learning materials throughout the week, but we will meet fewer times for video discussion groups. Then, during the final week of online learning, you will meet for video discussion groups twice during the week. All of this is designed to support you in integrating your discipleship practices into everyday life.

While this at-home, online portion is optional, we offer it to you at no additional cost and highly encourage you to participate if you are able.

How do I register?

There are three steps to registration.

  1. Answer a few questions about yourself in the online application. (click here)
  2. Notify your Elder that you’ve applied for the Abide Discipleship Training and that ACCFS will be sending an Elder Reference Form to their email address. The email will include the downloadable reference form along with instructions on how to complete the form and return it to our office. At this time, if you haven’t already, we w0uld recommend that you have a conversation with your Elder about Abide and your interest in attending the Discipleship Training.
  3. Once the first two steps have been completed, you’ll receive an acceptance letter in your email that will include a payment link for the cost of the program.

And then you’ll be done!