Off the GRID

23 Jun, 2014 | New Zealand
OM International
OM New Zealand?s new ?Off The GRID? discipleship programme aims to inspire young adults to live their life for God and to serve others.
OM New Zealand’s new Off The GRID discipleship programme aims to inspire young adults to live for God and to serve others. Using various platforms of team building, outdoor adventure sports and a carefully designed study curriculum, participants are led through a journey of self-discovery.

“Probably one of the greatest challenges participants will face during this 10-week discipleship programme is the media fast,” said Stephen Brandon, field leader of OM New Zealand. “Imagine any group of young people in a van on the roads of New Zealand without a digital device; being confined to the community of the team without access to family and friends via texting or social media. It will be difficult for many, I am sure! But we want to help participants redevelop community and realise their own potential, be it through fitness, community or lack of gadgets.”

Off the GRID team leaders Norm and Christy McCarren (US) were instrumental in designing and leading OM New Zealand’s TEA (Training, Evangelism and Adventure) programme until they left the country in 2008. Since 2012, they have worked at securing a visa for New Zealand and were thrilled to return last month. Preparations for the first intake of Off the GRID participants in October 2014 are underway.

“Although TEA and Off the GRID look similar from the outside, the structures and emphases are different,” noted Stephen. “While doing evangelism and training, our main focus will be on discipleship and leadership. We want participants to walk away with a new understanding of how they can be used by God in their daily lives.”

Keen to learn how to actively pursue Jesus and live a missional lifestyle? Sign up for OM New Zealand’s Off the GRID programme.

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