While Ashford Vineyard has had three different years of inviting people to study/intern with us for the year, God began to speak at the end of 2019 about setting up an academy where people are trained up specifically to release life into the city. It was clear that the academy was not to bring life to the church, but to the city.
The tag line for the academy is ‘Encounter / Equip / Experience’. That is encountering God, equipping with tools and experiencing the Kingdom. Our aim is to train people (interns) and release them into the city to bring life. We firmly believe that people could be and should be bringing life wherever they are placed. For God’s Kingdom to continue to expand (His plan ‘A’ for everyone/nothing missing, nothing broken), we need people trained to bring life in any and every sphere of society. We need teachers who know how to bring God’s Kingdom, town planners who know how to, police officers, doctors, cleaners, childcarers, computer programmers, engineers and so the list goes on.
Through teaching one evening per week, time out on the streets, time in the intern placement, reading and connecting into a thriving church that is committed to bringing life into our precious town, you will have the opportunity to be stretched and begin to live further into all that God has created you to be.
This launch year things are a little different. While our aim is to release interns into the city, this year will see interns being launched into our outward-focused areas of Ashford Vineyard (which is basically all of them!). In future years, we are looking to work with city partners to host interns at their workplaces. Perhaps you would be interested in staying on and doing a second year?