“We are so appreciative of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for both their support of the concept and financial backing of $40,000 to underwrite development costs” states Steve Wilke, executive director of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College.
The BeADisciple Academy is designed to be a global online faith-building fellowship for high school or college students who want to go deeper in their faith lives and leadership skills. The Academy uses a wide range of contemporary online resources to provide interactive opportunities for students, including social media, webinars, videos, and other web-based initiatives. Both the high school and collegiate sessions run for two 12-week intervals in the fall and spring, concurrent with the school year.
Southwestern College is building on its strength as an online provider in higher education and its long history of developing young Christian leaders from around the world to develop, launch, and support this new global, interactive, online high school and college disciple Bible study and leadership program.
A beta test year will begin on Sept. 8 for the 24-week academy. A better understanding of God, self, and call is the goal of the Academy. Students will be in small groups and a part of a network of participants as well.