Since its inception over 20 years ago, Impact Ministries has dreamed of a School of Discipleship for North Americans who want to step up and step out for God. After months of planning, prayer, and strategic conversation, we’re thrilled to announce this program has launched!
The VIDA Vision
VIDA means ‘life’ in Spanish. It’s also a beautiful acronym that summarizes our goals for the VIDA School of Discipleship
Vision – See the world as God sees it
Impact – Live life intentionally
Delight – Experience intimacy with Jesus
Adventure – Dare to follow Jesus
Our prayer is that God will use the VIDA School of Discipleship to grow disciples who follow Jesus anywhere, anytime and at any cost!
What does VIDA look like?
Your one-year discipleship adventure will include two to three months of intensive discipleship in Guatemala, followed by nine months of intentional online mentorship back home offered twice a year, starting in January and July.
While in Guatemala, you will
- live in intentional community with house leaders and other VIDA School of Discipleship students in Chicoy, Guatemala
- participate in weekly rhythms to enhance your relationship with Jesus
- attend classes designed to stretch your kingdom perspective, and complete courses such as the Kairos course, Thinking Theologically & Intimacy with Christ
- explore your strengths, abilities and calling through a variety of assessment tools such as spiritual gift surveys & personality tests
- learn Spanish to better communicate with those around you
- practice and apply lessons learned by engaging in local churches, interacting in Vida Schools, and participating in outreach opportunities in the local community
- experience the power of worship both as a team and in local churches and schools
Life in a developing country in a developing program is nothing less than unpredictable! You will have ample opportunity to test God amidst the challenges of real life and discover firsthand that He is ALWAYS enough!
Back Home, you will
- continue your discipleship journey with your class via a weekly online meeting
- participate in continued mentorship with your house leaders
- attend an in-person reunion and graduation in Canada towards the end of your twelve months
Fill out an interest form to learn more
Who should apply?
- if you love Jesus and want to delight in Him more
- if you want to see the world from God’s perspective
- if you desire mentors who will speak boldly into your life
- if you are willing to commit to a year-long discipleship journey
- if you want to become the kind of disciple who follows Jesus anywhere, anytime and at any cost
If you want to step up and step out for God, we dare you to apply!
We are currently accepting applications for January and July 2023
What will it cost me?
Time: This is a one-year discipleship journey, involving 2-3 months full-time in Guatemala and 9 months of continued discipleship when you return home
Finances: The program cost is $3495 plus your transportation to Guatemala and to the graduation (living expenses while in Guatemala are included)
Personal Space: VIDA School of Discipleship involves intentional community living – this comes with its own challenges, including yielding your personal space
Comfort: Living in a developing country comes with hardships and frustrations you may not be familiar with – prepare to be moved out of your comfort zone