AS A SUMMER DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM, THE FURNACE IS ROOTED IN THREE THINGS:
Since its inception, it has been focused on discipling students. Helping them discover their strengths and developing them into powerful kingdom leaders.
THE FURNACE HAS A TWO-FOLD PURPOSE
1) To equip Furnace students with life skills to set them apart from the world. While you are pouring out to campers, we are pouring into you. Our goal is for each student to know how to effectively communicate in relationships, be able to speak in front of a group of people, know how to problem solve, as well as a focus on personal development.
2) To serve the Lord through serving and sharing His love with hundreds of kids. The Lord provides many ways to stretch our willingness to serve in all capacities. Throughout the summer, you will have the opportunity to rotate through several positions including: camp counselor for kids (ages 8-17), life guard, kitchen staff, and adventure staff.
Those in The Furnace will get experience in counseling and teaching campers, ages 5-17 years old, as well as supervising and mentoring small groups. These ‘students’ will go through training classes each week with mentors and teachers that are currently working in ministries around the world. These teachers are Prophets, Apostles, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists that have mature ministries, affecting thousands of people each year. As a part of the training, ‘students’ will have weekly assignments in one of our many counseling or support positions. This “hands on” experience will change your life!
The Furnace is optimally a four summer program designed to prepare you for Christian leadership, not just in your heart but also in your mind. At SFR, we’re not just trying to train leaders for summer camps. Our goal is to also train leaders who can function in their local church, family, school, job, and in life! The four summers are not required, but are highly recommended. The first two summers are specifically geared to challenge and renew your “thinking” about God and ministry. The second two summers focus directly on “acting” out your Christianity as a follower and as a leader. You’re invited to come and sow into this “field” as we sow into you for multiple summers and experience the growth that occurs when you are carefully tended by the “vinedresser”.