Apprentice — a lifestyle of learning under the Master, Jesus
The best way to master a skill is to find someone who’s already mastered it, and ask them if you can spend time with them — observing their work environment, listening in on conversations, practicing the way they use the tools of the trade. When this relationship is sanctioned, it is referred to as apprenticeship. Nearly all skilled workers learn this way — doctors, plumbers, mechanics and carpenters.
Jesus is the uncontested Master of living well. In Apprentice, we make careful observations of his life by examining his teaching and personal interactions as reported in the Gospels. By doing this in the context of committed community, and supplemented with weekly “soul training exercises,” we have found that apprentices become more like Christ.
If this sounds interesting to you, please fill out the application at the bottom of the page.
Course Description and Expectations
Apprentice is a course consisting of three books and an optional workshop in writing your spiritual autobiography. The entire course takes one and a half years. However, you are welcome to start with the first book, “The Good and Beautiful God”, and if you decide it’s not for you or the timing isn’t right, you can set it aside for a while. Later, you can jump back into the program with any of the modules. We ask only that you take the books in order since the content builds on itself.
Apprentice Testimonies & Resources
Hear what people have to say after going through the Apprentice Series at Crossings and access Leader Links here.
God does not merely want us to become Christians. He calls us to discipleship (apprenticeship) in the footsteps of Jesus. The Apprentice Series teaches us to intentionally engage our souls with God. The result is transforming. Apprentice helped me to accept God as He really is, examine how my life aligns with the apprentice life Jesus describes, all in the context of a community of Jesus followers. If you have always felt God calling you deeper into relationship with Him but not sure the next step to take, I recommend Apprentice. If not now, when? You may just fall deeper in love with the God that Jesus knows. — Mark
As a mom of little ones, I worried the Apprentice Series would be too much for me to handle. But the opposite was true: rather than adding to my checklist of “What Good Christians Do,” this series took weight off my spiritual shoulders. Studying what Jesus says about God changed the way I relate to Him, and ripped that old list to shreds. I can now extend grace to myself and others in a way I never could before. I wholeheartedly recommend Apprentice! –Taylor
Register for Apprentice
We’re now taking applications for the next session of Apprentice. Groups begin as the interest demands – to register, please fill out the application below!
Please contact Deidre Franklin or Katy Shapard with any questions you have about the Apprentice Series at Crossings.
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