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Would you like to better understand the focus of the first year?  Click here to watch a video of Pastor Darren explaining the heart behind it.

first year program

establish your identity in Christ
Until you know “whose” you are, you will never really know “who” you are.  Our generation is constantly seeking to find their identity through positions, possessions, and through other people.  It’s only when we discover that we are complete in Christ that we will experience true freedom and liberty.  During the first year of SCSL you will be given an opportunity to establish your identity in Christ by being taught biblical principles, truths and disciplines that can lead to a lasting relationship with Christ. 

process your past
Although we are products of our past, we don’t have to be prisoners of our past.  God desires for you to use past experiences, both good and bad, for His glory in the present.  SCSL will teach you how to process the past and lay a solid foundation upon which you can build future relationships.

develop the character of Christ
Ruth Barton said, “We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider what kind of person they should be.”  If your character doesn’t back the call of God upon your life, you may eventually fall.  SCSL provides a loving, transparent environment in which you can develop the character of Christ for your own good and for God’s glory.

learn life and leadership skills
SCSL will teach you skills that will give you an opportunity to be a success in the home, church, and marketplace.  Regardless of your vocational desires, whether within the secular market or within the church, you will be equipped with valuable truths.  Every year SCSL students receive insight from over fifteen market place professionals and Pastors that will help them succeed personally and professionally.

develop a vision for biblical manhood/womanhood
What does it mean to be a godly man or woman in today’s society?  What are the true marks and characteristics of a man or woman?  SCSL will provide answers to these questions.  For nine months you will journey together with other brothers or sisters from across the nation to understand what it is to be true men and women of God.  You will LOVE this journey!  It is truly life changing.

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