Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Heralding Christ

Many organizations that emphasize an achievement process have a top honor to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to the organization and it's program. We thought we'd take a quick moment to tell you about our top honor, the "Herald of Christ."

A young man cannot begin the steps to receive this honor until he is 16 and must complete it before his 21st birthday. We require the minimum age of 16 because we believe that by that time a young man will have been buffeted by the winds of temptation and the world enough to begin to reveal his level of commitment, not to Christian Service Brigade, but to Christ and His kingdom.

Here, in brief, are the requirements for completing the Herald of Christ internship:

Before He Can Start

Prior to starting the herald of Christ internship a young man must also have completed the entire discipleship program of Explorer, Trailblazer, Guide, One star, Two star, and Three Star. By doing so he will have been equipped and demonstrated a life founded on biblical knowledge, disciplines, and leadership. So before he begins the HOC he will already have:

  1. Experienced the mentorship of numerous adult men
  2. Experienced the blessing of accountability from adult men and peers
  3. Explored the structure and application of the Bible
  4. Memorized and learned to apply boat loads of scripture
  5. Studied the word of God and interacted with his mentor regarding his study
  6. Studied the theology of prayer
  7. Practiced the disciplines of consistent prayer and bible reading on his own
  8. Developed a habit of service 
  9. Considered his place in the church
  10. Practiced conflict resolution
  11. Studied and practiced evangelism
  12. Studied the principles and examples of  biblical servant leadership
  13. Led a small group of other young men
  14. Practiced mentoring other young men
  15. Led meetings
  16. Helped plan and execute events
  17. Led the process of evaluating meetings and events for improvement
  18. Spoken in public
  19. Assessed his own leadership gifts and weaknesses
  20. Begun to consider his spiritual gifts
  21. Practiced listening skills, phone skills, and interview skills

After He Starts

If by the time the young man has completed the prerequisites, is at least 16, and is evidencing the fruit of Christ's work in his life the herald of Christ internship can begin. This process includes:

Bible Exploration of the following books:

  1. Deuteronomy
  2. Judges
  3. Ruth
  4. Proverbs
  5. Hebrews
  6. 1,2,3 John
  • For each chapter he must identify two discoveries, highlights or truths and discuss this with his mentor. 
  • A short 250 word summary for each book is required as well

Bible Doctrine

The young man will meet with a member of his church staff for formal study in the doctrine of his church followed by a written report summarizing the doctrinal study.

Ministry Project

the young man must choose and with the help of his Herald of Christ Committee organize a church related ministry project that will be challenging to him. This could be teaching a Sunday school class, serving as a junior counselor at camp, or organizing a missions trip for instance.

Community Project

the young man must also engage in a leadership or service project in the community for at least three months. This too should be challenging to the young man and is designed to emphasize the important role that Christians are to play in the community in which God has placed them.

Bible memorization

In addition to the scripture committed to memory as a prerequisite he must also memorize

  • Romans 8:38-39
  • 1 John 3:2
  • Isaiah 40:28-31
  • John 14:21
and two of the following:
  • Psalm 37:1-9
  • Isaiah 53:1-6
  • Romans 5:1-8
  • Ephesians 2:1-7
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-7

Essay or Theme

As the internship comes to an end he must write a 1000 word essay answering the following four questions:

  1. How did I come to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
  2. In what ways is Christ working in my life today? 
  3. What are some of my future plans for serving Christ?
  4. What are some key Bible verses for me at this time in my life? Why?
If at the end of this process the young man continues to evidence the fruit of Christ in his life and has shown himself to be a Herald of Christ within the gifts and abilities God has granted to him, then he will become one of only about 800 young men to have received this honor in the 80 year history of our organization.

If You Are Interested

If you or a young man you know are interested in learning more about the Herald of Christ recognition please contact our main office:

(800) 815-5573

Herald Of Christ Registry

Also, you can see a list of Herald's on the HOC registry. If you are a Herald Of Christ recipient and are not officially registered please take a moment to do so to stay connected withe the Brigade ministry.

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