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Church-based Training

We believe that churches and church leaders are uniquely equipped and commissioned for the work of raising up future pastors and leaders. This allows for an ongoing 360-degree view of the leader’s life by pastors, staff, peers, and members of the congregation throughout the year and in countless settings.

Church-based training adapts to each intern and crafts an environment that will result in maximum growth and transformation. As such, LDI focuses on areas of thinking, character, and leadership which participants already possess in great quantity and quality, while addressing directly those areas in an intern’s life that need attention, enhancement, or correction so that their future goals in leadership are not hindered.

Simply put, it’s about God. It’s not about us. We understand this to mean that everything is about showcasing the value of God above anything else. God is first, best, and most. It’s all about Him.

Here at Hope, leadership development has three pillars: Biblical thinking, Christlike character, and ministry skills. Interns take courses and participate in a variety of exercises to grow as a person and as a leader. Of course, God in His sovereignty may bring other circumstances into an intern’s experience, giving additional opportunities to trust God to mold each intern into His likeness. It is our hope to build a foundation within LDI that provides a steady base for an intern to take with them wherever God leads, whether that be near or far, within vocational ministry or impacting the world around them for Christ. 

Ultimately, may God be glorified; for all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him!

Trek 1

Trek 1 is a ten month, full-time internship that aims to build a strong foundation for the lives and future ministry of its participants. Trek 1 does not exist to produce a certain type of Christian worker. It is much more important for the participant to give attention to building a Biblical foundation for their lives. Along the journey, interns invite God to build upon that sure foundation whatever structure he desires. In the end, this may or may not be vocational ministry.

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Expectation

  1. Participation in all of the Trek 1 Biblical and Theological courses over a 10 month period producing a thorough knowledge of God’s Word, skills to faithfully interpret God’s truth, and greater passion for God and neighbor.
  2. Commitment to put on the character of Christ through prayer, mentoring relationships, mutual accountability, and observing the lives and teachings of historical “greats of the faith”.
  3. Diligence in ministry through fulfilling the role of small group shepherd leader, playing an active role in the community of LDI and Hope, and engaging in other chosen ministry fields.

Qualification

Trek 1 participants will become part of the intern staff of Hope Community and, as such, need to meet the qualifications of a deacon. The qualifications are biblically outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Time Commitment

A great benefit of Trek 1 is that it is structured to be a full time commitment of 45 hours per week. We believe this commitment lends itself to maximum impact in the lives of our LDIers. Any additional desires for alternative schooling or employment need to be discussed with and approved by the LDI Director.

Financial Commitment

We realize that participants of LDI have many considerations, including financial, when making the decision to join LDI. Hope Community Church and LDI have made every effort to keep the financial obligations of this journey to a minimum. In comparison to other leadership development avenues, we believe that LDI is the most affordable and will give you the most “bang for the buck!”

LDI Program (Includes cost of classes, required textbooks, additional class materials, and all LDI-specific retreat expenses) $1,000 per semester | Total $2,000

Living Expenses (including housing, food, clothing, transportation, insurance, loans, etc.) To be determined

Participants are encouraged to develop a team of ministry partners that will support them financially and prayerfully during the duration of their LDI journey. Donations can be made on a monthly or yearly basis. All gifts are tax-deductible. Participants are also encouraged to consider other financial obligations when developing ministry partners. Needs to consider are, but not limited to, housing, food, student loans, ongoing bills, and health insurance. These financial needs should be planned for and included when the invitation is made to possible partners.

 

Trek 2

Trek 2 is a two year commitment that follows Trek 1, which aims to develop strategic players ministering on the front lines in the advancement of God’s kingdom and mission. While it is not the philosophy of Trek 1 to produce a specific type of Christian worker (e.g. church planter), the aim of Trek 2 is to take proven Christian leaders and build them into kingdom impact players.

In doing so, we believe God uses a particular environment – the church – to best accomplish his purposes for training kingdom leaders. No other setting provides as much potential for the personal, mental, and ministerial development at a local church. As such, the staff of Hope Community Church play a significant role in the identification, development, affirmation, and commissioning of each Trek 2 participant.

 

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Expectations

Trek 2 participants are part time with a commitment of 25 hours per week. Trek 2 participants can be employed outside of LDI, yet no more than 25 hours per week. We believe this arrangement lends itself to maximum impact giving Trek 2 interns sufficient time to address all factors encountered in full time vocational ministry. Any additional desires for alternative schooling or employment need to be discussed with and approved by the LDI Director.

Financial Commitment

We realize that participants of LDI have many considerations, including financial, when making the decision to join LDI. Hope Community Church and LDI have made every effort to keep the financial obligations of this journey to a minimum. In comparison to other leadership development avenues, we believe that LDI is the most affordable and will give you the most “bang for your buck!”

LDI Program (Includes cost of classes, required textbooks, additional class materials, and all LDI-specific retreat expenses) $625 per semester | Total $1,250

Living Expenses (including housing, food, clothing, transportation, insurance, loans, etc.) To be determined

Participants are encouraged to develop a team of ministry partners that will support them financially and prayerfully during the duration of their LDI journey. Donations can be made on a monthly or yearly basis. All gifts are tax-deductible. Participants are also encouraged to consider other financial obligations when developing ministry partners. Needs to consider are, but not limited to, housing, food, student loans, ongoing bills, and health insurance. These financial needs should be planned for and included when the invitation is made to possible partners.

 

Off Road

LDI Off Road is a part time program that exists for people serving in non-vocational ministry settings, like students or those in the workforce, who want to undergo discipleship in an intentional and structured pathway focusing on (leadership development in the) areas of Biblical thinking, Christlike character, and ministry skills.”

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Off Road Distinctives

Accessibility

9 Hours a month

Flexible Study

Church-based Training

Church leader led, formed, supported, & taught

Cohort leader training & coaching

Integration

Designed for living in your neighborhood, workplace, & relationships

Off Road Plan (ORP) — Personal goals & accountability

All three pillars incorperated in the curriculum

Community

Learning done in cohort group

Time to discuss personal life, curriculum, & application

Cohorts

3-5 person groups

Based on availability, location, or pre-existing group

Commitment

~9 hours every month — Two hour teaching session, three hours of prep work, four hours with cohort (split over two meetings).

Teaching Sessions — Second Sunday of every month from 6:00-8:00 PM, Sept-May.

One Weekend retreat in January

Cost: $25/month

Curriculum

Contextual training for living on mission

Books, articles, sermones, & hands-on learning

Preparation, discussions, & reflection

Three years worth of content

Interns

Kaia Abrams

Kaia Abrams

Hope on Campus Coordinator & Trek 2 Intern

Brita Johnson

Brita Johnson

Trek 2 Intern

Nolan Bauer

Nolan Bauer

Website Coordinator & Trek 2 Intern

Haley Braaten

Haley Braaten

Intern

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

Trek 2 Intern

Kurt Larson

Kurt Larson

Custodial Assistant & Trek 2 Intern

Sadie Berg

Sadie Berg

Trek 1 Intern

Staff

Steve Treichler

Steve Treichler

Senior Pastor

Naty Severson

Naty Severson

Director of Small Groups and LDI

Kaelyn Larson

Kaelyn Larson

Ministry Associate to Connection and Discipleship

Paul Stiver

Paul Stiver

LDI Coordinator & Men's Mentor

Hope Offices

707 10th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55415

Monday-Thursday: 9:00-4:00

(612) 378-8820