The EXSEL program provides a truly unique opportunity for discipleship that is just about as close to what the 1st century church experienced as you can find. Interns join the White Sulphur Springs community, where we work, serve, eat, play and generally “do life” together. Through this immersive environment, relationships are formed and from these relationships, discipleship blooms. EXSEL interns are provided “formal” opportunities for spiritual growth through directed readings, seminar style discussions, journaling, and reflective papers as part of their “class time” each week. This formal discipleship training each week covers relevant topics such as: Christian worldview and apologetics; conflict resolution; prayer; marriage and relationships; financial stewardship; and servant leadership. Discipleship happens throughout the rest of the week in one-one-one discipleship relationships with a member of our ministry team, by working and serving shoulder-to-shoulder with the Ministry Team on a daily basis, and in our homes as we welcome them as part of our extended families.
Interns will have the opportunity to work and serve as members of the White Sulphur Springs team, gaining valuable experience across a wide variety of vocational areas. Opportunities exist to serve in areas such as: guest services and hospitality; youth programs; with the horse program; in facilities and maintenance; with our food service team; in housekeeping; and in programs and operations. Regardless of where you serve, each intern will receive practical skills training in a face-to-face mentoring relationship with their ministry team leader. Through the course of the program, interns will advance from observer/server to learner/server to practitioner/server to leader/server, in a context reminiscent of the close relationships of the “trades” over a century ago. The EXSEL model of ‘experience, serve, lead’ comes together in their vocational training, in which they apply their accumulated spiritual, vocational and academic experience through the year to serve and lead guests and one another in the servant leadership model of Jesus Christ.
EXSEL members have an opportunity to participate in academic activities that support their personal goals and are consistent with their academic progress and abilities. Interns wishing to get a head-start on future college plans – and those wishing to add to their undergraduate education – have every opportunity to enroll in the online programs of their choice. Those without plans for college will have time to and are encouraged to develop individual reading, study or hands-on plans on topics or skills of interest to them that will help them develop and grow towards their future vocational interests and calling.