You’ll sleep outside. You will be camping using methods such as tent, tarp and hammock in a variety of conditions, and you will also have a bunk area in the “Habitat” which is an indoor/outdoor living and training area composed of several structures. Don’t worry, if you love the outdoors, you’ll really love the “Habitat.”
There’s no telling what you’ll eat. No kidding, meal planning is one of the group challenges. You will have a weekly budget and work as a team rotating duties. Meals will be cooked wilderness kitchen style to reinforce this important leadership skill. If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, we will accommodate you.
A Day of Rest.
You will have one full day of rest each week. This can be, for you, a time of solitude and retreat or a relaxed time of community. On this day, your team will avoid stressful and physically demanding activities in exchange for activities that bring relaxation and refreshment, or maybe no activities at all. This will be a great time for journaling, reading, play, and making judicious use of hammocks. In the New Covenant every day is Holy. Our reverence and passion for God will continue on in full measure on this day as on every other.
A time to connect with God in an outdoor setting; typically 45 minutes.
Two by Two.
When you’re in town for evangelism or errands you will go two by two. This is a powerful and proven strategy that was used by our Lord.
Planned Time Off.
We will do our best to accommodate requests for time off, with advance notice or family emergencies. Remember, this experience is designed as an “immersion” experience and you will get the most from it by limiting outside distractions.
Visitors and Family Day.
Invite family and close friends to come and experience what you’ve been living. It will be a full day of fun during the 7 Weeks phase. There will be windows during the leading phase when you can schedule visitors. Since you will be a part of a highly functioning team during that time we do ask that you schedule those visits with the team’s approval.
Dating and Serious Relationships.
The Leadership Intensive is a serious call to future high caliber leaders. In light of this, there will be no casual dating during 40 Days and 7 Weeks, including no dating among interns.
We do welcome married couples. We feel that this training will help strengthen the marriage, and prepare the couple to minister as a team. We have noticed that married couples who minister together tend to have a very strong impact when ministering to youth and families.
You will have a minimum of 16 days on coastal expedition. This may be segmented based on weather and group dynamics. You will have the opportunity to be Leader of the Day at least twice during this phase.
You will co-lead a 12-14 day coastal expedition for 13-18 year olds.
Credentials and Experience Earned
One of the benefits of 40 Days and 7 Weeks is the ability to gain credentials such as assessments and certifications. These will be valuable for obtaining a non bias endorsement of your skills as an outdoor leader which will help as you chart your course and also seek employment. The following are available:
- ACA - Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leader
- ACA - Coastal Kayak Camping
- ACA - Skill Level Assessment
- ACA – Coastal Kayak Instructor – Level II
- OneLife - Biblical Community Leader Assessment
- OneLife - Physical Training Assessment
- OneLife - Spiritual Training Assessment
- OneLife - Leadership Training Assessment
- OneLife - Tree Climbing Skills Assessment
- OneLife - Wilderness Cooking Certification
- OneLife - Tree Climbing Ground Manager Cert.
- OneLife – OneLife Slackline Facilitator
- OneLife - Sustainable Project Management Cert.
- OneLife - Coastal Creation Naturalist Cert.
- OneLife - Wilderness Guide Certification - Level I/II
Crafting a Personal Media Plan
You will leave with a Personal Media Plan. During your leadership intensive you will address issues such as: preventing media addiction, assessing your own unique approach to media, and how to leverage media for Godly purposes. You will also craft a personal media plan during this time. It is strategic to address these issues objectively and prayerfully during an extended media fast. During 40 Days you will engage in a complete media fast. During 7 Weeks you will do a partial media fast, having limited access to email and select phone calls on rest days.
Personal music devices are restricted to days of rest. Devices that exclusively play music and do not have the capability for phone calls, texts, or games are permissible on days of rest.
Brent Bishop is the director of 40 Days and 7 Weeks, and will oversee a qualified staff of field instructors who will lead, guide, and support the experience.
Brent has worked with youth and young adults, leading camps and expeditions in outdoor settings for over 15 years. He is a Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor and Tree Climbing Instructor. His previous experience in architecture and sustainable design has proven valuable in planning, prevention, and risk management. His greatest asset is a daily relationship with Jesus.
All primary leaders are certified through leading outdoor skills training organizations such as the ACA and also have Wilderness Medical Training.
Tuition is $1,600.
The cost for this training is $1,600. This includes food, lodging and equipment. If you feel led to participate in this training and are restricted financially, please contact us for a scholarship application. We will work together with you to ensure that cost is never a barrier.
Who Can Apply?
This leadership position is open to anyone age 20 or above who is a good fit for the team. We are asking God to lead those He wants to be here, so if you think that might be you, please apply. We have 4 male and 4 female positions for the 2014 team.
The Qualities We’re Looking For.
Love for God.
The most important attribute is a desire for an experiential faith walk with God through Christ. We’re not necessarily talking about just being in church every week, but a desire to be always walking in the Spirit, saying only what the Father tells you to say and doing only what the Father tells you to do.
Love for people.
Any leadership role is about the people you lead. You will be leading youth from ages 7-18, and a love for young people is especially important. This is probably not the best fit if you find yourself thinking only of the personal goals you’ll accomplish, although you will set and achieve goals.
Love for the Outdoors.
You will be spending most of your time outside surrounded by God’s magnificent, yet unyielding creation. It’s important that you have a love for the outdoors or at a minimum, a strong desire to develop that love. It’s not necessary to be involved in the outdoor industry to participate; this training will be extremely valuable to any leadership setting.
Love for Physical Activity.
This opportunity will require you to push physically 6 days a week. You will be earning that day of rest. This includes a regiment of focused physical training and also extends to the way we approach almost everything we do. You don’t have to be in peak athletic condition, but you must be willing to push hard and challenge your own physical limits on a regular basis and often daily.
Love for Life.
You see the cup half full. You’ll try anything as long as God is leading.
If you are chosen for this position, you will be a member of a team of leaders. For the leadership team to function at its highest level, individuals may often choose to sacrifice personal desires.
The Desire of Your Heart.
We realize we’re asking for a lot, especially spiritually. But please understand, none of us have arrived. It is the desire that we’re looking for. We’re looking for leaders who want to give all to Jesus, and who are willing to struggle to see that happen.
A Sense of Call.
You’ve prayed about this, more than once. You’ve sought council. You have that peace that transcends understanding. You’ve set the desires of your flesh aside and to the best of your ability to discern, God is leading you to be a part of this team.
Leave No Trace.
We expect you to be familiar with leave no trace philosophy and practices. You should easily be able to name the seven principles and highlight a key example for each principle. More importantly, we are looking for the type of people that believe in the Leave No Trace ethic, not as a set of rules, but as a way of approaching our diminishing wilderness. See LNT.org.
We require at a minimum that you be certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with CPR being current. We recommend as an outdoor leader that you pursue Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. Please contact us if you need help acquiring either of these certifications.
You should be able to push to your personal limits physically with no major repercussions. We ask that you consult with your family physician to get their endorsement for your participation in this training. In lieu of a physician’s endorsement, you will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that we have recommended this course of action to you; and that you have chosen not to do so. Specific exceptions will be made for medical conditions on a case by case basis.
This is a leadership position in a Christian ministry. You should have a solid testimony of a new birth and the fruit of the Spirit expressed as a normal everyday part of your life. We also ask that you agree with and sign a Statement of Faith.
You will often be leading on the water, and will need to have good swimming ability and confidence around water. You will be asked to give evidence of this during the application process.
*If you are feeling led to participate in 40 Days and 7 Weeks but struggling with an area above please contact us and let us help you find a solution. It is our desire to find a way to serve you.
What will I need to bring?
Storage space is limited. That being said you will have plenty of secure, personal space to store the belongings you’ll need while you’re here. Here’s most of what you’ll need:
- A Bible
- Outdoor clothing
- Water Bottle
- Mountain Bike Recommended
- Sleep System
- Waterproof Wrist Watch
- Musical Instruments (Optional)
We’ll send a detailed packing list when accepted to the program or on request.
Please answer the following questions:
Q. How did you develop a love for the outdoors?
Q. What’s the most exciting thing God is doing in your life?
Q. Could you share the testimony of your faith in Jesus? What was life like before? How did this change impact those around you? How does it impact you now?
Q. Why are you interested in the 40 Days and 7 Weeks? When you think about it, what thoughts or images come to mind? What do you hope to get out of this experience?
Q. What makes you most excited about ministering to youth?
Q. What are your top 3 questions for us?
Email answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your email: full name, age, and contact info (including mailing address).
After we review your essays we will send you the administrative part of the application (medical history, etc.). At this time we will set up your phone interview.
In most cases we would like to meet you, if we have not already. This will be on a case by case basis.
- Arrival Date --------- May 15
- Family Day --------- June 21
- Departure Date --------- Aug 15