Churches can play a crucial role in the leadership development of our youth. We invite you to partner with us as we prepare the next generation of leadership for God’s Kingdom. Please consider nominating youth from your congregation or faith community and taking steps to prepare, support and sustain your young leaders.
COST OF SENDING A STUDENT TO Dig
The majority of the expense for this three week residential program is covered by grants and generous donors to Calvin Theological Seminary. The student is asked to contribute $500 towards this life-changing experience and their supporting church is asked to contribute $200. Below are some creative ways to raise these funds:
- Take a loose change collection at a worship service.
- Invite groups in your church (Bible Studies, Sunday School classes, small groups, etc) to ask your nominated student(s) to speak to them either before or after the program. Have these groups consider helping with the expenses.
- Set up a Go Fund Me account and invite all members of the congregation to contribute.
- Hold a bake sale after worship.
- Ask the Youth, Evangelism, Worship or Missions committee to contribute.
PREPARING A STUDENT FOR Dig
- Add the student to your pray list
- Create a prayer calendar for everyday of the Dig program and schedule members of your congregation to commit to pray on a certain day.
- Schedule a Sunday to commission your student in worship (liturgy will be available Feb 2017)
- Highlight your student and the Dig program in the church newsletter, website, Facebook page or any other communication your congregation utilizes
- Identify mentors/liaisons within your congregation who will communicate with your student throughout the program. These mentors/liaisons will also commit to follow up with the student after the program to create opportunities to report back to the congregation and to use the student in leadership positions.
FOLLOWING UP WITH A STUDENT AFTER Dig
- Schedule a report from the student’s experience during a worship service
- Schedule times for the student to speak at council, as well as other church committee or group meetings
- Speak to the student about positions within the church that would continue to develop his or her leadership. This could include worship leadership, a position on a committee or council, a role in a ministry or a task force.
- Consider who you might start talking to about participating next year