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Church-based Training

LDI believes that churches and pastors 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 elders/pastors, deacons, staff, peers, and members of the congregation throughout the year and in countless settings.

Non-formal Training

Classical training creates a fairly rigid learning environment to which each student must conform. Church-based training, on the other hand, seeks to adapt to each intern and craft an environment that will result in maximum growth and transformation. As such, LDI will not tend to focus on those areas of thinking, character, and leadership already possessed in great quantity and quality by the intern. In actuality, it’s quite the opposite. LDI is created to meet directly those areas in an intern’s life that need attention, enhancement, or correction so that their future goals in leadership are not hindered.

Chief Goal: Spiritual Transformation and Personal Growth Through God

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

Thus, in considering the creation of a leadership development program, it is critical to be led of God, letting Him direct your steps. Many young leaders, eager to make a difference, make the critical mistake of dreaming up BHAG’s (Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals) for God rather than receiving revelation from God. God’s revelation is infinitely preferable. What is God speaking to you, your leaders, and your church community? How is He leading you in your context at this time? If we grasp that it is all about Him and we are petitioning Him to make our steps all about Him, will He not answer? 

So, if the first two points hold – that it’s all about God and His direction of your steps which are most valuable – why would LDI (arrogantly?) assemble a pamphlet detailing leadership development in our context believing that it would benefit you in yours? Quite simply, it’s because we resolutely believe in the first two points as well. We recognize it’s about God. And we recognize the need our church has to be led by Him. 

Consequently, we can share resources and do so free from pride, envy, rivalry, and selfish ambition. And, we fully recognize, and quite frankly expect, that you will sift the wheat from the chaff for your context. This would not discourage us in the least! You have freedom to steal what you find beneficial and discard what is not. So, it’s with that understanding that we share what follows. 

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

Trek 1

Trek 1 participants aim to build a strong foundation for their lives and potential future ministry. TREK 1 does not aim to produce a certain type of Christian worker. It is much more important for the participant to give attention to building a strong foundation for their lives. Along the journey they invite God to build upon that sure foundation whatever structure he desires. In the end, this structure may be vocational ministry, however Trek 1 participants are encouraged to seek God’s design for their future vocation.

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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) $200 per month | 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 participants aim to become 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, we believe, provides as much potential for the personal, mental, and ministerial development than a local church. As such, the elders of Hope Community Church play a significant role in the identification, development, affirmation, and commissioning of each Trek 2 participant.

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Qualification

Trek 2 participants will become part of the intern staff of Hope Community and, as such, need to meet the qualifications of a deacon or an elder, appropriate to their proposed ministry endeavor. The qualifications for deacons are biblically outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and for elders are in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4.

Expectation

This is a three year journey which entails:

  • Successful participation in and completion of Trek 1 which makes up the first year of this three year trek.
  • Creation and implementation of an Individualized Development Plan (IDP) to get the participant in line with where they and we believe that God is calling them.
  • Belief that God’s designs for their future vocation involve full time ministry including, but not limited to, global or local church planting, global missions, local church ministry, or pastoral ministry.
  • Participation in a one week assessment for the purposes of highlighting factors, both strengths and growth areas, which will be given attention throughout the final 2 years of the internship.
  • Participation in all 8 of the Trek 2 Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiological courses over two 10-month periods producing a thorough knowledge of God’s Word, skills to faithfully interpret God’s truth, and greater passion for God, neighbor, the Church, and his Mission.
  • Commitment to put on the character of Christ through prayer, relationships, and mutual accountability.
  • Diligence in ministry with primary attention given to the corporate church including, but not limited to, church planting, vision, governance, leadership, theological integration, shepherding the flock, global church perspectives, preaching, and teaching.
  • Fulfillment of any and all additional elements deemed appropriate by the LDI staff. For example, those considering global missions may be required to spend a summer overseas.

Expectation

Trek 2 participants are brought on 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 as Trek 2 LDIers are given sufficient time to address all factors of the assessment and process the varied issues encountered in full time vocational ministry. Any additional desires for alternative schooling or employment need to be discussed with and approved by the LDI staff.

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) $150 per month | 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.

Off Road

The mission of LDI Off Road is to provide an intentional and structured pathway for leadership development in the areas of biblical thinking, Christ-like character, and ministry skills, for those serving in non-vocational ministry settings.

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Pillars of LDI

Think Biblically

Knowledge of Bible & Theology

Biblical filter for everyday life

Live Uprightly

Being conformed to the image of Christ

Representing Christ to the world

Lead Courageously

Understand God-given abilities

Knowing your context (Acts 17:26-27)

Humbly serving

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 — Third 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 1 Intern

Brian Didier

Brian Didier

Bus Driver & Trek 1 Intern

Heather Stoffa

Heather Stoffa

Trek 1 Intern

Brita Johnson

Brita Johnson

Trek 1 Intern

Marcus Troe

Marcus Troe

Trek 1 Intern

Haley Braaten

Haley Braaten

Trek 1 Intern

Nolan Bauer

Nolan Bauer

Website Coordinator & Trek 2 Intern

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

Trek 2 Intern

Michael Bolland

Michael Bolland

Trek 2 Intern

Emily Mousel

Emily Mousel

Small Groups Coordinator & Trek 2 Intern

Paul Stiver

Paul Stiver

LDI Coordinator & Men's Mentor & Trek 2 Intern

Kurt Larson

Kurt Larson

Custodial Assistant & Trek 2 Intern

Staff

Steve Treichler

Steve Treichler

Senior Pastor & LDI Director

Naty Severson

Naty Severson

Director of Small Groups and LDI Associate

Kaelyn Larson

Kaelyn Larson

Ministry Associate to Connection and Discipleship

Emily Mousel

Emily Mousel

Small Groups Coordinator & Trek 2 Intern

Paul Stiver

Paul Stiver

LDI Coordinator & Men's Mentor & Trek 2 Intern

Hope Offices

707 10th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55415

Monday-Thursday: 9:00-4:00

(612) 378-8820