Specialized discipleship training for gospel-centered young adults

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Emerging Leaders

Downline’s Emerging Leaders program is a 9-month-long discipleship-training program for young adults, who want to grow in their relationships with Christ, get involved in a local church, serve their city and learn to make disciples.

Unlike the extended college and adolescence experience many young adults face after graduation, Emerging Leaders immerses its participants in real life. Upon completing the program, students should be able to effectively engage in evangelism and discipleship, regardless of location or vocation.

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Core Aspects of the Program

Classroom – Absorb six hours of classroom training per week from local and national teachers in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, systematic theology, disciple-making, biblical manhood and biblical womanhood. Each student also has the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of seminary credit during the year.

Church– Join one of the many incredible churches in your city and learn what it looks like to grow, serve and be discipled in the context of the local church.

Service – Invest in your city and in the lives of your neighbors through impactful volunteer work with local nonprofits, para-churches and urban ministries.

Discipleship – Experience one-on-one discipleship in the context of an authentic relationship as your discipler walks alongside you over the course of the program, both teaching and modeling the Christian life.

Work – Grow in your professional career as you work a full-time job. The Emerging Leaders program is not a gap year; rather, you are living in a city, working a job and learning what it looks like to use your career to advance God’s kingdom.

Community – Live and grow among fellow Emerging Leaders in a supportive community of Christ-followers unlike any other, while being challenged and equipped to impact the world for Christ.


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