Join WCF FaithLaunch 2020 to Prepare for a Lifetime of Faith!
What Is It?
FaithLaunch is a personal faith development program with a critical goal: Prepare and equip young disciples for a lifetime filled with faith as they launch into all the unknowns and challenges of living. It is designed to inspire faith growth and to prepare and support participants as they navigate through life’s inevitable faith challenges on a college campus, in the workplace or family, and in ecclesial life.
The program focuses on a whole faith — one of head, heart and hands. It will not only outfit your faith journey with some basic training and understanding of faith issues, but also provide decision processing tools and skills. It will also present service opportunities to manifest your faith and give something back to our Lord, for his grace.
FaithLaunch also recognizes that none of us take our faith journey alone. Vital parts of the program include equipping disciples with lessons from those who have taken the journey before them, connecting them with networks of peers and faithful mentors, and helping them develop a strong relationship with our Lord.
FaithLaunch is not just a one-time event, bible school class or youth gathering. It is meant to launch faith seeking young adults and support them throughout their faith journey. Beyond the initial training, the personal faith development plan and support networks, FaithLaunch will present ongoing opportunities to strengthen and hone faith, over the full arc of life, as represented by a magnificent tree feeding on living waters.
FaithLaunch gives you a set of strong faith-building tools, connects you with a faith network of peers and mentors and helps you reflect on the best faith plan to guide you through the journey.
FaithLaunch provides a ‘pre-flight final check’ not unlike what NASA did in the Apollo program before sending astronauts to the moon. In our case, though, it’s all about providing an unswerving faith compass in three parts: (1) Supply a robust set of ‘Faith Tools’ to guide decisions, both big and small; (2) Create a network of peers and faithful mentors to help along the way (a support base akin to NASA’s Houston); and (3) Inspire each participant to put their faith into action.
FaithLaunch addresses four huge faith issues that every young adult faces. The Program is designed to help you consider each issue through two contrasting lenses: (1) the eye of faith versus (2) the worldview that surrounds you in today’s media, education, entertainment, and government.
The four issues are these:
1. How do we find purpose in life and thus choose how to spend our time? What is the purpose in my life—the things that matter most? Does that purpose become my rudder for steering through an ocean of daily decisions? These decisions seem small and trivial, and are often made without a second thought. But over a lifetime they make all the difference in their cumulative effect. How can faith guide these daily decisions? If faith is the rudder, what effect does it have on my life?
2. How do we make major life decisions? Choosing a career, a spouse, an employer, a location to live—all of these represent major crossroads that change the course of my life. How do we bring faith into these big decisions in the best possible way? What happens if we don’t?
3. How do we manage the many relationships in our life? Human relationships represent a critical measure of life. My family, my spiritual family, my friends, my co-workers, my fellow students, my neighbours—these relationships can sustain our life in wonderful ways. In some cases, however, they can be highly destructive. How can you make faith the bedrock of your relationships and sustain your life in the best possible way?
4. How do we use faith to overcome crisis? Inevitably, crisis will intrude on your life, in ways you least expect. It may be death, it may be illness, it may be financial collapse, it may be some other form of trauma. But trouble and trial are a part of life. When that moment comes, how can faith get you through it?
WHO IS IT FOR?
FaithLaunch is designed for post-high school young adults that are going to college, entering a career or starting a family. Older adults, early in their faith journey, will also be considered for the program.
WHEN WILL IT BE?
The program will run from July 5 – 19, 2020, God willing.
This is a 2-week training and strategizing session, followed up by ongoing contact with both mentor and youth networks through online medium and occasional face-to-face participant gatherings.
WHERE WILL IT BE?
The initial launch event will take place in Guelph Ontario at the beautiful Crieff Hills Retreat Centre.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Thanks to generous WCF donors, FaithLaunch is offered free to all those who, upon application completion, are accepted in the program. In addition, travel costs may be reimbursed, based on need, up to $800 / participant.