In The Gap’s training program is not just lectures or text books – it is more. It is a compilation of life lessons and practical application that you can take and apply, whoever you are, wherever you are going. While learning how to be a good public speaker and communicator of truth, you will also receive training on how to tell inspiring stories, teach about life-changing character, and passionately share the Gospel. Also, some of our training will help you build a firm foundation for what you believe and why you believe it.
If you have an interest in serving with us, but think that you don’t really need the training then remember this one thing: these skills are not fleeting passions, but life-long investments that are going to help and challenge you, as well as the people you are going to come into contact with in the future.
Whether you desire to be an engineer, lawyer, nurse, photojournalist, landscape artist, teacher, preacher, or stay-at-home mom, the things you will learn while working and serving with us will help you walk confidently on the path of life God has placed before you.
Levels of Training
In Level 1 the emphasis is learning how to teach in such a way that causes the children to enjoy and remember what you say. This level covers everything from how to write an effective lesson plan and design object lessons to how to relate to teachers and children so you are completely prepared to walk into a school and present character lessons or step into Bible Club ready to share the gospel, lead a team of children in understanding God’s Word, and present a dynamic Bible lesson in large group. By the end of the session you will have completed 53 hours of classroom instruction, plus hands on teaching experience in schools as well as after-school clubs. Some extra courses included in Level 1 are
Bruce Wilkinson’s Teaching with Style course (view sample session) and Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Teaching Children Effectively Level One.
In Level 2 the goal is to refine your skills in effective communications. It takes you through an extensive public speaking course by Dr. Jeff Myers titled Secrets of Great Communicators which addresses overcoming fear of public speaking, organizing your talk for maximum impact, reaching the heart of your audience, and making your speeches count for eternity. You will also have the opportunity to expand your storytelling skills, enhance your teaching abilities, and become more adept at teaching any age range. Plus, you’ll get to dig into God’s Word to complete a paper on “why you believe what you believe.” This Level also covers Bruce Wilkinson’s course on the 7 Laws of the Learner to assist you as you perfect your teaching skills (watch sample session). The total classroom instruction time is 34 hours, in addition to hands on teaching experience in schools and after-school clubs.
In Level 3, leadership is the focus. In our day and age, the ability to stand alone and lead by example and action is crucial. You will be challenged to do this through the leadership courses that include Bruce Wilkinson’s The Vision of a Leader and 7 Laws of the Teacher (view sample session), along with Police Dynamics by Ray Nash (view sample session). You will receive training on being a teacher-trainer as well, and will be able to experience teaching Level 1 interns. The course concludes with classes that will allow you to be recognized by Character First! as a Certified Character Coach. Along with classroom instruction, there are several books that you will be personally responsible to complete during the session. Classroom instruction is approximately 40 hours, plus hands on teaching experience in schools and after-school clubs.
Ambassador (Level 4)
Ambassador level: Once the first three levels are completed, you can return as an Ambassador for advanced leadership development. The training courses include: Bruce Wilkinson’s The Dream Giver series, Dr. Howard Hendricks‘ Living By The Book series (which provides useful tools for in-depth personal spiritual growth), and an individualized career assessment test through Crown Financial Ministries. Ambassador Training also covers a study on spiritual gifts and how to more deeply develop them, and entails learning and conducting various office responsibilities, assisting with all three levels of training, and developing further personally by reading the writings of great men to strengthen your walk with God on a daily basis. You will also have the opportunity to continue having hands on teaching experience in schools and after-school clubs.
Requirements for completing each level of training:
To complete each level of training you must: Satisfactorily complete all lesson plans and assignments, complete a full session of service, and conduct yourself in a mature and respectable way. Once a level is completed, the next level must be started within the next 6 months. If the returning time is over 6 months, you must retake the last completed level.
Becoming Equipped and Getting Involved
If you are interested in working with In The Gap as an Intern Missionary, click here for more information.
If you would like to participate in certain training courses that we offer, please contact us about time, location, availability, and other specifics.
(Note: At this time, we only host these courses in Oklahoma City.)
In The Gap, Inc.
ATTN: Internship Department
520 W. Main St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102