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What is LDI?

LDI, Leadership Development Institute, is a ministry of Hope Community Church specifically designed to equip all followers of Christ to explore and grow their leadership skills for service both inside and outside of the church.

We beleive that God has uniquely gifted each and every one of his people. Our classes, seminars, and retreats are designed to grow people in three ways:

Biblical Thinking: Christian leaders need to understand how to read and interpret Scripture in order to navigate a world flooded with input and information.

Christlike Character: It is important that leaders know and take on the character of Christ. This is a process that requires knowledge, persistence, and guidance.

Ministry Skills: Practicing ministry while receiving guidance from experienced leaders allows participants to grow in their own practical leadership skills.

Ultimately, good leadership blesses others and brings honor to God, while poor leadership has great potential to harm the church and reflects poorly on Christ. LDI provides a place for everyone to grow their leadership ability.

Trek 1

Trek 1 in a ten month, full-time internship for any follower of Christ! This is a rare opportunity to set aside ten months of your life to strengthen and stretch your relationship with God while growing in practical leadership skills. This internship builds a strong foundation for the lives and faith walks of its participants by focusing on developing:

  1. Biblical Thinking
  2. Christlike Character
  3. Ministry Skills

Interns will take core classes with their cohort group:

Old Testament (one semester)
New Testament (one Semester)
Systematic Theology (two semesters)
Ministry 101 (two semesters)

Interns will participate in and lead many ministry functions at Hope. Some roles are required (e.g. hospitality, study day, etc.) and other areas of ministry focus will be selected by the individual intern. Interns will also meet weekly for accountability and mentoring with a member of the LDI staff team and participate in Hope staff meetings and events.

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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. It aims to develop strategic players ministering on the front-lines in the advancement of God’s kingdom and mission. This includes people interested in:

A career in church ministry
A career in a non-profit ministry
Church-planting
Faith-based entrepreneurial ventures

Trek 2 is designed to take proven Christian leaders and build them into life-long kingdom-impact players.

 

Over the course of two years, Trek 2 interns will take eight semester-long classes:

Acts class
Interpreting God’s Word
Communicating God’s Word
Christian History
Ministerial Realities
Ministerial Character
Ministerial Leadership
Seminars (various topics throughout the semester)

Participants will also create an individualized learning plan (IDP) that wil individually guide interns to a meaninfgul and impactful two-year experience.

Sponsors (Hope staff members) will be selected for each participant based on their desired area of development. Sponsors will encourage interns to faithfully pursue their IDP, help open doors to opportunities, and coach the intern in ministry experiences. Interns meet monthly with their Trek 2 sponsor.

Interns, in their final year, will create an independent study presentation on a topic of their choosing that will culminate in a 25-35 page paper (or other equivalent medium, e.g. video presentation or business plan) and an hour-long presentation given to select members of our staff team.

We believe God uses a particular environment (i.e. 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 play a significant role in the identification, development, affirmation, and commissioning of each Trek 2 participant. Thus, interns are considered intern members of the Hope staff team.

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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

Brita Johnson

Brita Johnson

Nolan Bauer

Nolan Bauer

Digital Properties Coordinator

Haley Braaten

Haley Braaten

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

Kurt Larson

Kurt Larson

Sadie Berg

Sadie Berg

Custodial Assistant

Staff

Steve Treichler

Steve Treichler

Senior Pastor

Naty Severson

Naty Severson

Senior Director of Small Groups and LDI

Kaelyn Larson

Kaelyn Larson

Associate Director of Connection and Discipleship Associate

Paul Stiver

Paul Stiver

LDI Coordinator, Men's Mentor, & Overseer