However, year two is not about becoming more “book smart.” It is not meant to be as highly academic as year one. It's not even about making your current ministry "more excellent." Instead, it's designed to facilitate a spiritual climate that will enable you as a student to step away from your current situation and allow the Holy Spirit to infuse you with creative inspiration and revelation to do something great. Something significant. Something that creates tangible results.
By the end of year two we want you to look back and say the same words that Mary said in Luke 1:49: "He who is mighty has done great things for me." The God who lives inside of you is able to do far more than what you can even pray or imagine. If we truly believe that, then it means we MUST expect the unexpected. It also means there is nothing in our minds that can create a point of reference for what He can do through our lives and ministries. Only He can plant that creative seed in us.
If we are somehow able to step back from the business, the activity and the routines of ministry to allow the Lord to impart to us His ideas and vision for our lives, then we can position ourselves for something very extraordinary and powerful. If we can create margin in our minds and spirits to allow God to speak to us in new ways, then we can truly make an amazing impact on the world around us that produces lasting change.
That's what Kidmin Academy NEXT is all about. Forget the academics. Detach yourself from what's expected of you by others. David didn't defeat Goliath while wearing Saul's armor. He learned it would be better for him to find his sling before taking on the giant.
Kidmin Academy NEXT is all about helping you find your sling so you can be victorious in battle like David was and conquer an enemy nobody else can defeat. By no means do we want to pretend that Kidmin Academy NEXT is a program that will “do it all.” It's not a one-stop shop that will give you a quick fix to become all that God has planned for you to be. We know better than that.
However, we do believe that Kidmin Academy NEXT will facilitate a process that will put you on a path of unfolding destiny. It will help you discover the unique individual treasure God has placed inside of you for the world to see. We believe that in a small way we will be able to assist you in finding your road to greatness in His kingdom.
Kidmin Academy NEXT contains 6 core modules. These modules have been created to serve you in your journey—not for you to serve the modules. Each module will take 2 months to complete and will have assignments designed specifically to assist you on your journey.
These modules will act as tools to stimulate critical thinking and practical application. They are not true/false assignments with a pass/fail grading system.
These assignments will, however, help you in a master assignment you'll work on throughout the year. This is your BIG assignment of year two. (See “Module 6: How to Execute Your Kidmin Project.”) For it, you’ll work for 12 months on a large-scale project that is inspired by God. Don't be intimidated by that; it's easier than you think. We're all in this together. Each module will help you along the way—from inception of the idea to the raising of the finances to the practical implementation of what needs to be done to accomplish your objective.
Each student will be part of a cohort group of 5. Students will collaborate on certain aspects of Kidmin Academy NEXT but, more importantly, will serve as a sounding board to test ideas and thoughts.
The faculty of Kidmin Academy NEXT will be positioned as both a teaching and coaching resource. Monthly group-coaching calls will be held to facilitate a supportive environment that will help you move your project(s) forward.
In this module, we take time to position ourselves in our minds and spirits to receive divine revelation from the Lord regarding what He wants us to do. We believe that He will speak to you and reveal to you on a personal level. We believe that through this module you'll receive clarity and direction on the project that you would like to pursue.
In this module you'll get organized around the vision you received in Module 1. Don't worry—if you haven't gotten full clarity at this point, you're not going to be penalized. Remember, these modules are designed to serve you, not the other way around. In the business world, you would create a business plan before you launched your business. In the kidmin world, we'll call it a "kidmin blueprint." You’ll create what's needed to build your project.
With God, one person can defeat a thousand. Two can defeat 10,000. That means you can do better in a team. But how do you recruit a team? That's what this module is all about. You don't want semi-committed volunteers. You want people who are committed to the cause. But in order to have that you'll need to be able to communicate the vision in such a way that finding people will be a breeze. People LOVE vision. If you're able to communicate the vision in such a way that people want to be committed to your cause, then you will have a team that is the direct result of effective God-inspired communication.
Money is an important thing. Not much happens without it. In ministry we tend to think of money as a "necessary evil" or even as a somewhat "dirty word." Yet all silver and gold belongs to the Lord. He is a rich God who takes care of His people and loves those who don't know Him. Having the right mentality about money will enable you to tap into His divine provision and see the windows of heaven opened and your projects fully funded.
Time is our most valuable asset. We don't want to waste it. When it’s spent, it's gone forever—you can't go back in time and relive a day that has already past. That's why time stewardship and personal productivity is so important. We want to be efficient in what we do and accomplish a lot while using up as little time as possible.
Kidmin Academy NEXT revolves around a big project that you'll execute throughout the year. Module 6, therefore, is all about execution. Now, don't get stressed. If you need more time than the 12 months, that's perfectly fine. Remember, it's all about doing something significant and allowing God to work through you.
Even though we believe Kidmin Academy NEXT will give you the tools to do something great within 12 months, we are flexible with that timeline. In the end, what’s most important is that you "give birth" to a unique ministry expression that’s authentic to you as a kidmin worker.
Faculty and cohort groups will be intensely involved in this module. A lot of room will be allowed for coaching calls, peer-level group discussions and collaboration.
At the end of the 12 months, we will close with a 2-day summit that will allow us all to see and experience together what the Lord has done through each and every student. This summit is not mandatory, but highly recommended. There will be a way to join in via an online call if your circumstances prevent you from physically attending the summit; however, we encourage you to attend in-person if at all possible.