Written by Paul Ragon, staff member at Young Life's Discipleship Focus in Branson, MO.
Graduating college left me in a whirlwind of confusion and uncertainty of the path God had for me. Little did I know of God’s grace for me in attending Discipleship Focus the summer following graduation.
My time at Discipleship Focus equipped me in learning how to walk intimately with Jesus on a daily basis and how to discern His leading in my life. That summer provided me the tools and space that I needed to discover what His will for my life was during that time of uncertainty. What I learned that summer has continued to be my foundation for doing life with God.
Now being a Discipleship Focus staff member, I have seen a growing number of college students in our summer program in that same place of asking "what's next?" Many have just graduated college or are taking a year off of school and are at a loss of what the Lord wants for their lives. While our summer program is a great opportunity, we recognize that summer is not an option for everyone. Due to this, we have decided to provide a fall Discipleship Focus Experience as well.
The Fall Experience (Sept. 12- Dec. 9) is a semester that provides an opportunity for intentional discipleship, Biblical community, and work experience. Our curriculum focuses on how to walk intimately with Christ and do life with Him on a day to day basis. This is done in the context of community, allowing time to process and discuss what the Lord is teaching you with our Leadership Team and other participants. Since every participant has a job there is no requirement to raise money and lessens the strain of financial issues.
At the heart of the experience is an opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him. Too often our focus is outward and we are missing the "best part" (Luke 10:38-42). You are invited to take a look and see if this may be a stone on your path of drawing near to God.
If you would like more information, visit www.yldfocus.com
*If you are already committed this fall to school or leading in your Young Life Area, our desire is that you would fulfill those commitments and consider attending our summer program.