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Shekinah Ranch - Discipleship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Bring

Shekinah Ranch will be providing beds or cots, mattresses and dressers. Students are expected to bring their own linens, toiletries, and personal items. Listed below are some suggested ideas from “previous” students to help you pack. Prepare for weather of all kinds! Excessive heat, cold evenings and rain.
Work clothes – sweatshirts, jeans, work boots, “grubby” clothes for painting and barn work, hats, tall muck boots and rain gear.

Riding Apparel – If you have a helmet, boots, chaps, etc you will want to bring them. If you have riding equipment (saddles, bridles, etc.) you will want to check with us before bringing it. Boots with large cleats or tread will not be permitted because of safety concerns.

Appropriate dress for Wednesday youth group meetings at Journey By Grace Free Methodist Church and Sundays will consist of modest skirts (below the knee) or dress pants for young ladies.
Medicines – Bring any prescribed medications that you use plus pain relievers, cold medicines, cough syrup/drops, Benadryl, band aids, Ace bandages, Pepto-Bismol, and whatever you anticipate needing.
Bring a Bible- (NASB New American Standard Version or NIV New International Version) , as well as pens, notebooks, stationary, etc Perhaps, most important of all, bring a learner’s attitude, a servant’s heart and a willing spirit. The Lord can do much in your heart and life if you are ready.

What is the SAMPLE day-to-day student schedule like?

The daily schedule varies depending on the needs, as well as scheduled Ranch activities and events and therefore, the schedule is always subject to change. A sample schedule is listed below for the majority of the academic year.

• 6:30 a.m. - Animal Feeding
• 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
• 8:30 a.m. – Cowboy Chapel
• 9:00 – 12:00 – Horse Arena Work
• 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
• 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Free Time
• 2:00- 3:00 p.m. - Bible Lesson
• 3:00- 5:00 p.m. - Riding or Camp Game Participation
• 5:00 - 6:00 – Supper
• 6:15- 7:30 – Free Time
• 8:00pm – Evening Camp Activities (YOUTH SERVICE ON WED)
• 10 pm - Lights Out

What if I live too far away to travel back and forth on the week-ends?

If you live more than 2 hours away you can make arrangements with the Discipleship Director to remain on the campground for the weekend. Teens who are in need of staying on the weekends will pay an extra $25.00, per weekend.

Can I bring my own horse?

Unfortunately we cannot permit members of Discipleship to bring their own horse. Because we have limited stall and turn out space it prohibits us being able to do so.

Are there any scholarships available?

Although the Discipleship program does not have a scholarship program, some can ask for help through their local church or by gifts from family or other individuals.

Where do students attend church?

Everyone is required to attend a church where staff members are currently attending if they are staying the weekend or can be picked up (with permission) by family or friend to worship at another church.

Do I leave for the weekend with my parents, family or friends?

Yes, provided arrangements are made ahead of time and permission has been given from your parents.

Why does the program include chores and operations times for students?

Throughout the five weeks of the program, students will rotate through a variety of chores and operations areas including horse barn, food service, operations, and housekeeping. The Discipleship program uses these chores and operations times as a training time for spiritual development, skill development and ministry development. As students proceed through the program and have the opportunity to serve in a variety of Ranch ministry and service areas, their performance, attitude and leadership abilities are evaluated by the staff they are serving under. This ongoing evaluation allows for further student development as weaknesses are addressed and strengths are enhanced.