In 2020 we launched the first session of a twelve-month vocational/discipleship-based apprenticeship program in which young adults not only gain leadership skills but learn valuable vocational skills in the church setting. To date 12 students have graduated from the program. While some have continued their education, others have moved on into their careers.
An apprenticeship involves much more than making copies and grabbing coffee. Instead, the program is designed to provide the opportunity for young adults, ages 18-23, to be discipled, mentored, and equipped for future ministry opportunities while working alongside various members of the Grace Covenant staff. Through an on-site commitment of twenty hours per week our apprentices learn and grow while working in a team environment that encourages fun, authenticity, collaboration, and personal and professional growth. Each apprentice receives a weekly stipend in exchange for their time and serving.
To begin with, each apprentice is guided throughout the program by the support of a mentor, an assigned ministry supervisor, and the GAPP Director. In addition, apprentices participate in a weekly "Download". During these “downloads” apprentices hear from various Pastors, staff members, and marketplace leaders as they offer practical ministry and professional insights that will serve the apprentice well into their future.
This all depends on the ministry area each apprentice is assigned to. In addition to the weekly two-hour “download” session an apprentice will have responsibilities on Sunday and on assigned days during the week working in their ministry area.
The Northwest Partnership program (NPP) is a new and unique partnership between Northwest University and Grace Covenant Church. As a result of this new partnership students have the ability to stay local, earn college credits toward AA, BA, and MA degrees while learning leadership and vocational skills as a Grace Covenant apprentice. In exchange for their time and service in a specific ministry area scholarship dollars are paid directly to Northwest to offset the cost of tuition.
To learn more about this program specifically, check out the Northwest Univerity Partnership Program FAQ.
NU is a Christian university affiliated with the Assemblies of God located in Kirkland, Washington. Founded in 1934, Northwest University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. Regional accreditation is the highest level of accreditation available. As a university they have more than 20 years in nontraditional education.
The goal of NU is to help develop a new generation of leaders with accessible, low-cost, high-quality education from a faith-based perspective. More specifically, NU has a desire to partner with the local church to help the next generation of leaders discover their call while cultivating the Christian perspective and leadership skills to carry out that call.
Why not! You’ll experience a life-changing blend of high-quality, low-cost academics with hands- on leadership development and vocational skill training in the highly relational environment of the church.
While GAPP focuses on young adults between the ages of 18-23, our Northwest Partnership Program also includes many adult learners opportunities.