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.
WHEN DOES FORM TAKE PLACE?
It is a 9 month experience that goes from September to May, similar to a college year.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF FORM?
- Gather together every Tuesday from 8:15 to 12:30pm and every Thursday from 8:15 to 12:30 for teaching/training
- One evening, twice a month Life on Mission training
- Starts September 3, 2019. Ends May 7, 2020.
- Participants can live with a missional household/community or with another student in FORM
- 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 INVESTS IN THE FORM STUDENTS?
There will be a FORM leadership team 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.
LEARN AND PRACTICE MINISTRY GOALS SUCH AS:
Hearing and being led by the Holy Spirit
Personality/Spiritual Gift Assessments
Missional Community Leadership
Creating a Personal Development Plan
LEARN AND PRACTICE LIFE SKILLS SUCH AS:
Rest and rhythm
Confidence in Identity
Healthy family practices
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 $1,750. This includes all programming fees, administration, and lunches on the Tuesday/Thursday structured days. This fee does not cover housing. There is a $175 scholarship for any applicant who refers another person to FORM and that person is accepted. There is additional cost for reading materials. Books can be purchased at reduced cost through FORM. The first half, $875, is due on the first day of FORM. The other half can be paid in monthly installments until December 31st.
There is additional fundraising needed for our International Immersion experience.
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 one-week mission 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. Some past FORM participants have used savings to supplement. Ask about our scholarship opportunities.
RETREAT AND CONFERENCES
As part of the FORM experience you will be participating in retreats, worship events, and 3DM training workshops at Grace Gathering. The cost for these conferences and retreats is covered by your FORM tuition.
Each FORM young adult is responsible for their own housing. There are several options for housing including missional community housing, church leadership, or living with other FORM young adults. If you are interested in missional community or church leadership, please note that on your application and follow up with the FORM team to work through details.
ARE THERE OTHER EXPRESSIONS OF FORM ELSEWHERE?
Yes. FORM originated more than 20 years ago in Sheffield, England. There are now expressions in the U.S. in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Washington State, and Fort Wayne, as well as in Australia and Haiti.
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 now through August 1, 2020. 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 8, 2020 start-up date.