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INTRODUCING THE COLORADO TAG INTENSIVE
The Colorado Tag Intensive
Philosophy of Discipleship
These Seven Saint James distinctions are dynamics that describe TAG’s approach to discipleship:
WE PRESENT TRUTH IN A LIVE GIVING WAY
Since Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life,” it is imperative that the way we explore and share truth is full of life.
WE AFFIRM THE CENTRALITY OF NEW TESTAMENT LOVE
The depths of God’s love is fully revealed in Jesus and it is in the giving of ourselves over to God’s love that we learn to love each other more deeply.
WE PRIORITIZE RELATIONSHIPS OVER PROGRAMS
Jesus said “the sabbath was made for people, not people for the sabbath.” Programs, procedures and rules function best when they serve people and not the other way around. Since relationships are the Holy Spirit’s highway we strive to be relationally present to one another because people last forever.
WE RESPOND TO SIN WITH REDEMPTION
We are convinced that God’s will for us is godly growth; especially when we stumble and fall. So we address sin with grace, truth, and love.
WE EXPRESS FAITH CONFIDENTLY
Since Jesus is the pioneer of faith we want what we say and do to proclaim our belief in an awesome God.
WE UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE IS A JOURNEY
The working out of God’s purposes in our lives is always a process. We desire to encourage one another and join each other on the path that God has marked out for us.
WE PRACTICE OUR FAITH RATIONALLY, ENERGIZED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Since science and faith often hold hands, we seek to engage our world both rationally and through the lens of Spirit-empowered faith.
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Benefits of the GAP Program
Students entering or returning to college after taking a gap away from home are more mature, more independent and have more life experience than their peers. As the popularity of gap intensives increases worldwide, the benefits are becoming clear. According to research conducted and compiled by the American Gap Association students who participate in gap programs enjoy these benefits
90% are likely to return to college — higher than their peers
88% felt more employable upon graduating college.
75% are happy or extremely happy.
60% of gap year students say their gap year impacted the choosing of their major.
The positive effects of participating in gap programs are shown to endure throughout the college experience as reflected in gap year students’ gpa as opposed to non-gap year students’ gpa.
The Colorado TAG Intensive Facilitates Space for College Age Students to
Explore God, Explore the Rocky Mountains and Explore Their Calling.
HOW THE COLORADO TAG INTENSIVE IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER GAP PROGRAMS
1. The Colorado TAG Intensive is one of the only gap programs on the planet that is both an adventure program and a Christian discipleship program. Students participate in daily group scripture discussions and workshops about Christian life and then head into the mountains.
2. While many gap intensives offer just one type of adventure, the Colorado TAG Intensive offers a large variety of adventure opportunities. Students choose activities together from options that include mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, ATVing, hiking, back country backpacking and camping, fishing, etc.
3. The Colorado TAG Intensive approaches growth and learning holistically. Whether students are getting physically fit in the gym or by hiking a mountain pass, having intellectually stimulating conversations with new friends, engaging the scriptures in a life-giving way, or pondering all that they have to offer, one thing is almost certain: positive movement and becoming stronger and better equipped to rise and meet life’s challenges with grace and confidence.
Four more reasons to attend the Colorado TAG Intensive!
Colorado Springs is the place to be for young adults who are 18-35. According to some sources Colorado Springs is one of the cities with the fastest growing millennial population in the US. In addition to being at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range, Colorado’ lively and professional culture has been drawing young adults and young professionals for years.
Taking a breather after high school or during college is a great way to give yourself some space to pursue God or figure out what you would like to do with your future.
Shared mutual experiences with peers is one of the best ways to build and maintain strong friendships that go the extra mile.
You will get to be involved in Saint James, a life-giving church. The Sunday morning believers’ gathering and invigorating Wednesday night men’s and women’s meeting will leave a lasting impression on you that will serve you for the rest of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Aaron Wright 334-202-1513 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT DOES TAG STAND FOR?
Take A Gap
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
June 17 – July 16, 2016
HOW MUCH DOES TAG COST?
The program is free, but bring about $600.00 to cover expenses for things like activities, meals and spending money
WHERE WILL I STAY?
When you commit to TAG Intensive, the director will contact the church members to try to find you a host home.
DO I NEED A VEHICLE?
Students are encouraged to bring their vehicles if possible but it is not necessary if this it isn’t possible to do so.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need gym/workout clothes and shoes, an assortment of outdoor activity clothes and shoes sufficient for hiking, casual clothing and casual shoes.
WHAT KIND OF OUTDOOR GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING
You will need a zero-degree sleeping bag. You are encouraged to bring tents and hammocks if you have them. Feel free to bring frisbee golf discs, climbing gear and any other sporting and outdoor equipment you would like.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED.
Spending money and money for most lunches, an NLT bible and a device to use for research (smart phone, tablet or laptop.)
WHAT IS THE DISCIPLESHIP CURRICULUM?
TAG uses the Bible Booklet Saint James produces. The Bible Booklet takes the participant through major portions of scripture on a daily reading plan. You will learn bible study and interpretive skills that will teach you how to read the scriptures in context and you will learn how to make personal application.
In addition, the creator of the internationally known CrossRoads: A Journey of Purpose program will be teaching. CrossRoads focuses on developing virtue and helps participants explore their purpose in life.
WHAT DOES A DAY AT THE COLORADO TAG INTENSIVE LOOK LIKE?
It varies but most days look like this:
9-10:30 am gym or outdoor workout
11-12 noon scripture study, discussion and prayer
12 noon lunch
1pm local Colorado adventure activity (hiking, climbing, swimming, etc.)
Sometimes we will be away for several days at a time in the mountains doing various activities. During these weeks we’ll still study the scriptures but the schedule will vary.
WHAT WILL INVOLVEMENT IN ST JAMES CHURCH LOOK LIKE?
Students will be involved in Sunday worship, men’s and women’s Wednesday night bible studies and college and 20-somethings ministry.