Theological Training | Snowbird InstituteThroughout the two semesters, Institute students will sit in classes like Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Systematic Theology, World Religions and Apologetics. These courses will take place several days a week and are taught by Snowbird’s full-time speakers. The SWO Institute is an independent school of ministry with partner schools like Leavell College, Boyce College, and others.
Relational Discipleship | Snowbird Wilderness OutfittersThe bulk of ministry training offered will take place through working with students who attend retreats and conferences throughout the year. Institute students will be the direct contacts for student pastors/ leaders and will be immersed in relational ministry with the students throughout every retreat. Working as a part of the retreat and conference staff, Institute students will also work on and off-campus recreation and help maintain our facilities throughout the year.
Local Ministry | Andrews, NCA special part of the program is that discipleship for Institute students goes beyond just the workday and class time. The students have the opportunity to become involved with a local church, tutor local elementary school students, minister to local families, and take a trip overseas to experience student ministry in a cross-cultural context. The Institute will partner with the Church and fellow Snowbird staff to reach people with the Gospel and do life together day-to-day.
Being a part of SWO year-round is a blast but it’s hard work. If you are considering applying for the SWO Institute program you should understand that it will be challenging in every area of your life. This program isn’t new to SWO and we know that a year spent serving here could be one of the greatest seasons of growth in your Christian life. It will involve long hours of running recreation and leading small groups combined with working, studying, and laboring for the Gospel. Our goal is to prepare Institute students for whatever God might call them to next—whether it be in vocational ministry or the workforce.