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Discipleship

  • What does your discipleship staff do all day?
    Our discipleship staff is often behind the scenes keeping the whole discipleship community moving. To that end, staff time is roughly split in three categories: 1) Time with college students (i.e. discipleship and mentoring, building relationships, conflict resolution, recruiting, etc.), 2) Time with adults (especially mentors from local churches), and 3) Administrative work (i.e. event preparation, staff meetings, study time and support raising).
  • What does it look like to join discipleship staff?

    We regularly ask the Lord to provide us with people with rooted commitment to Christ, love of others, and the skills needed to join our team. To that end, our discipleship staff come from a variety of ministry and non-ministry backgrounds. If you’re interested in finding out more about this process or applying, email discipleship@lightbearers.com

  • Do you partner with other college ministries?
    We have good relationships with a variety of evangelical college ministries, and our primary partners are local churches. We believe parachurch ministries like Lightbearers exist to serve the local church. To that end, we connect students with mentors from their churches, invite local pastors to speak at the Lightbearers Institute, encourage students to travel overseas with their churches, and recruit students to Lightbearers at the invitation of these churches.
  • What kind of community outreach do you do?
    Our community outreach is driven by local churches and house leaders. We encourage students to serve the community primarily through initiatives offered by their local churches, and we also see individual house groups being able to serve through means such as “adopting” an international student. We love it when students take ownership of their faith in this way!
  • Why do you send students on short-term overseas trips?
    Some of our missions partners overseas request student teams on occasion, and we see these trips as valuable discipleship opportunities. Our student trips have three goals: 1) advance the long-term work of our mission partners, 2) Encourage the long-term workers, and 3) Enhance the students’ understanding of God’s plan for the ends of the earth. We don’t require students to travel with us, but those who do regularly return with a greater understand of both the “why” and “how” of missions.
  • What curriculum do you use for the Lightbearers Institute?
    Year One of the Lightbearers Institute is an overview of the Bible. We do a chronological survey of the Old Testament and New Testament through a series of 26 sessions so that students see the grand narrative of Scripture. Year Two of the Institute teaches Christian doctrine in theory and practice, and instructors combine traditional systematic theology with real-life action points, including hermeneutics and worldview. We loosely follow an outline based on Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem.
  • Do you have a curriculum that mentors use?
    Discipleship requires a mixture of structure and flexibility. Accordingly, we provide mentors with a series of Bible studies and suggest they use one early on in the school year. Along with these Bible studies, we encourage mentors to spend time with students in life-on-life interaction and serving together. We ask mentors to meet a student where they’re at and then challenge and encourage their growth in key areas such as involvement with a local church, engagement with God’s Word and development of godly character.
  • How do you match up mentors with students?
    Above all, we try to match students with mentors from their local church. Sometimes the students themselves identify individuals in their churches that they approach for discipleship purposes. In this way, Lightbearers is simply a vehicle for the church’s discipleship of its own members. Beyond this factor, we look to other criteria such as age, vocation, family status and personality, and beg the Lord to “direct our steps” in this area (Proverbs 19:21).
  • What training do you offer house leaders?
    Many of our house leaders were Lightbearers students themselves, so they have already seen life-on-life intentionality modeled for them.  In addition, we do a variety of one-on-one and group training sessions in order to encourage and equip house leaders as they learn that disciple-making is a 24/7 way of life.
  • Where do you find the students?
    Students primarily come to Lightbearers in three ways: 1) A rising house leader recruits them to live with him, 2) Students find out about Lightbearers through their local church, and 3) “Walk-in traffic” (i.e. the program or apartments were recommended to them and they come on their own initiative to check it out).
  • How is college ministry at Lightbearers distinctive?
    The aim of the Lightbearers Discipleship Community is to connect college students with Jesus, His people and His plan for the ends of the earth. The four elements that make up the Lightbearers Discipleship Community are: 1) Community, 2) Institute, 3) Mentorship and 4) Missions. The most obvious distinction is that we’re a residential ministry. In addition, Lightbearers asks students to make a year-long commitment rather than show up each week to a large group or small group session. This distinction means that we go deeper with a smaller group of students. We are thankful that the Lord calls other groups to different roles, and we rest in the role that He has called us to.
  • Where does Lightbearers have discipleship communities? Do you plan to expand?
    We currently have discipleship communities at the University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University and Mississippi State University. We’re in the process of identifying campuses for future growth and expect to add multiple campuses over the next few years, God willing.

Giving

  • Is my donation tax-deductible?
    Yes. Lightbearers is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive a donation receipt by mail at the end of the quarter in which your gift was received, as well as a year-end statement in mid-January. Please contact us if you are ever in need of information about your gift.
  • Why give to mission projects if rental profits are funding missions?
    Your project contributions support our renewable model by expanding the reach of our real estate profits, allowing general funds of Lightbearers to be used on additional projects, discovery trips and real estate. One hundred percent of your gift goes directly to the project.
  • How do I give to a staff member? How do I give to a mission project? How do I give to your real estate fund? How do I give to your building growth fund?
    Checks for any fund or staff member's support account should be sent to Lightbearers Ministries at PO Box 9911 in Fayetteville, AR, 72703. Please indicate with your gift which fund or staff member you intend to support. Remittance envelopes are available upon your request. We are able to draft your checking account monthly for any fund or staff member's support account through an electronic funds transfer (EFT). These transactions are processed each month on the 15th or first business day following. We need only a voided check and a completed EFT card, which we can provide at your request. You may give online with your credit or debit card to any fund or staff member's support account at any time. Please be aware that Lightbearers does incur processing fees for online transactions.  
  • How many days in advance do you need to know if I need to modify or stop my recurring monthly payment? Can I resume these payments at a later date?
    To ensure the adjustment of your recurring monthly payment prior to the scheduled transaction, please notify us of the change no later than the 11th of the month. Gifts that have been suspended may be resumed at any time. Your records are stored securely and we can resume your recurring monthly payment upon your request if the information has not changed.
  • How do I cancel my recurring monthly payment?
    To modify or cancel your recurring monthly payment, please contact us at 479.442.2300 or by e-mail at info@lightbearers.com.
  • How do I make my monthly gift recurring?
    We are able to draft your checking account monthly for any fund or staff member's support account through an electronic funds transfer (EFT). These transactions are processed each month on the 15th or first business day following. We need only a voided check and a completed EFT card, which we can provide at your request.
  • Can I give online? Can I give by check? Can I give by credit card?
    You may give online with your credit or debit card to any fund or staff member's support account at any time. Please be aware that Lightbearers does incur processing fees for online transactions. Checks for any fund or staff member's support account should be sent to Lightbearers Ministries at PO Box 9911 in Fayetteville, AR, 72703. Please indicate with your gift which fund or staff member you intend to support. Remittance envelopes are available upon your request. We also have a partnership with Kindrid that allows you to give quickly with your credit card through your mobile phone. Text the amount that you would like to give to 479-439-1018. Follow the instructions texted back to you (a one-time event). The next time, simply text an amount to the same number to give again. It's really simple!  
  • How can I give monthly, quarterly, yearly?
    We are able to draft your checking account monthly for any fund or staff member's support account through an electronic funds transfer (EFT). These transactions are processed each month on the 15th or first business day following. We need only a voided check and a completed EFT card, which we can provide at your request. Checks for any fund or staff member's support account should be sent to Lightbearers Ministries at PO Box 9911 in Fayetteville, AR, 72703. Please indicate with your gift which fund or staff member you intend to support. Remittance envelopes are available upon your request. You may give online with your credit or debit card to any fund or staff member's support account at any time. Please be aware that Lightbearers does incur processing fees for online transactions.

Missions

  • Do you work with expats or nationals?
    Both.
  • How do you find new mission partners?
    We connect with new partners through existing relationships.
  • How do you discern any dishonesty with any of your mission partners?
    We are grateful that to date the Lord has protected us from dishonesty. Traveling and visiting the partner onsite has been a huge part of that. On the back end of project funding, we look for updates on the project status and on how the money was spent. If we don’t receive these or if they are unclear, that is often a red flag toward continued partnership.
  • What characteristics do you look for in mission partners?
    We trust the Holy Spirit in leading us to the right partners and them to us. We look to James 3 as our guide in seeking partners who exhibit wisdom, are peaceable, gentle, full of mercy and of good fruits. We recognize that in some places, good fruit is perseverance.
  • Do you fund salaries or send out missionaries?
    We do not send out missionaries, but we do fund small grants towards projects that existing missionaries and nationals have on the ground. We do not fund any regular budget items like salaries, utilities or maintenance.
  • Do you know the missionaries that receive your project funding?
    Yes! We personally visit each missionary partner at their location and see their work firsthand. We know them, their family and their work.