Our flagship program is a 9 to 12-month residential Christian discipleship program to help men overcome life-controlling issues. The minimum age requirement is 18. It is a community-living setting with up to 14 men sharing the home and daily chores evenly divided among all residents in the program. We offer a balanced schedule made up of classes, work days, prayer, meals, chores, Bible studies, church services, on-campus chapel, recreation, group outings, events, community service, outreach, fundraising, and free time. Continue reading below to learn more about the major components of the program. For more information on rules and admission, click the apply button.
The Residential Program
A 9 to 12-month residential Christian discipleship program
Teachings & Prayer
At the heart of our program is The Bible and prayer. We believe it is God's Word to humanity and is the key to living not only a clean, healthy, and functional life, but to continue to walk and grow in a personal relationship with God. Adult & Teen Challenge was birthed out of prayer and continues to exist because of prayer.
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
We are not meant to walk this journey alone. While our living community is a huge piece to the program, weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with a trained staff member is a basic requirement of each student in the program. This is not professional mental health counseling, it is discipleship.
Our program provides a minimum of 20-hours per week of structured and supervised spiritual and moral life-skills training. At least 15 of those hours are in group class and individual personal studies. To learn more about our curriculum please follow the link below.
Loving Safe Environment
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
The first sentence in our mission statement is, "to provide a loving, stable home environment for those caught in the trap of a life-controlling problem." We believe the right environment is one of the most important aspects to providing care in a ministry like this. It is one of our top priorities in everything we do day-to-day.
Work Duties & Chores
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
Daily chores and work is vital part to the recovery process. Life-controlling problems destroy good routines and good habits. By working with our hands and getting into a healthy routine, we slowly help to repair the brain and replace bad habits with good ones. This is a very difficult process, but one that is must be done for complete healing.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1
In the midst of our busy program there is also a time for fun and exercise. We have daily allotted time for free time and recreation. On campus we have some free weights for working out, basketball hoop, ping-pong table, corn hole, volleyball net, and space for walking or jogging. We also have occasional planned outings to local attractions such as: bowling, movies, sporting events, Christian concerts, hiking in the Shenandoah mountains, museums and local parks.
Church & Chapel
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. - Psalm 122:1
We go to church every Sunday morning as a group. When we are not traveling around to churches sharing about the program, we rotate between several churches in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. We also have a weekly chapel usually with live worship music and an outside guest speaker. Sometimes we may also attend a local Wednesday night or Sunday night Bible study or prayer meeting.
Community Service & Fundraising
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ - Acts 20:35
The cost of running a program such as this is immense and it takes the effort of many things working together in order to remain healthy and operational. Students in the program help their peers and other future students by participating in various forms of fundraising while in the program. This may include helping to run a banquet, a 5k event, or creating handmade items to sell. We also go out and help other nonprofit groups such as feeding the homeless, volunteering at the Food Bank, helping the elderly and single mothers.