Lifelines is here to serve and partner with you. Our experiences challenge how your students and staff members think about themselves, others and their faith. We offer our experiences for free or a minimal cost and focus on the following areas of content:
- outreach/movement launching
- team communication
- character development
- Cojourners experiences
- men’s and women’s experiences
- equipping volunteers
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The Lifelines guide schools are part of Staff and Rep training, but are also an excellent opportunity for Cru staff members, college students, leaders in church and other ministries, and anyone who is interested to sharpen practical ministry skills. Come and grow in expertise as a facilitator of spiritual growth and as an outdoor guide.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN FACILITATOR GUIDE SCHOOL
This school is designed to help people live more authentically and make a greater impact for the Kingdom. Participants will sharpen their small and large group facilitation skills while also discovering how to use experiential learning to practice Biblical truths with believers and not-yet believers. They will discover methods to create a Christ-centered community that offers a loving, authentic environment for growth, all while living each concept out experientially. Challenging, faith-focused, and fun, this school will teach ways to tailor experiential programs to one’s specific audience, transforming any team, Bible study, work group, or family for the glory of God.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN BACKCOUNTRY GUIDE SCHOOL
This school will help sharpen a person’s backcountry and guiding skills. While required for those wanting to lead outdoor trips within Cru, this school will benefit anyone looking to hone their outdoor ministry skills and is also open to people outside of Cru. Participants will learn the essentials of backcountry navigation, wilderness leadership, risk management, decision making, backcountry emergency protocols, and other vital outdoor skills.
We are currently running this training as a hybrid learning environment: 4 days in person and approximately 2-3 days of online and reading preparation ahead of time.
Expect to be challenged. Participants are required to study and complete online modules before coming. It is helpful to have prior outdoor and guiding experience, but not necessary to attend this school. The in-person portion will include classroom lectures and activities as well as outdoor application. The course includes a final written, oral and practical exam.
Do you love connecting with students on campus and feel at home in the outdoors?
Join Lifelines as a Rep and become an outdoor and experiential-learning specialist.
Lifelines uses outdoor adventure and experiential learning to reach college students and help staff members grow in their relationships with God through activities like hiking, rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
Lifelines Reps are campus staff members who work within a Cru Missional Team, report to their MTL and remain a full member of that team. They receive training in group facilitation and backcountry guiding, which expands the types of ministry skills they can offer their team.
FACILITATOR: Equipped to lead experiential learning programs
GUIDE: Facilitator + equipped to lead some outdoor activities
SENIOR GUIDE: Facilitator + equipped to lead backcountry trips
Training and time investment vary with each level. You could become a Facilitator in as little as five days or a Guide/Senior Guide within a year – depending on your skill and experience.
Contact us to start your adventure as a Lifelines Rep.
Lifelines Campus Monthly
Helping you climb higher
Join the Lifelines Campus Monthly and get free resources to use with your staff team, group or small group every month. Each activity will help you:
- Grow in leadership
- Build an environment of grace and truth
- Become an expert in small group facilitation skills
You can opt out at any time and we don’t share your info with anyone—ever.
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Here’s what others say about Lifelines activities:
“Lifelines helps you create a safe environment on your team by learning to ask good questions and to resolve conflict well.”
– Christian Rainbolt, Cru staff with Valor