What is Hope Leadership College? 

Hope Leadership College is an intensive one-year program that runs from January to December each year. By the end of the year, students will have grown in their leadership capacity, confidence and character. They will also have a fuller understanding of relationships, God’s preferred future for them and their role in it. It’s a fully-immersive experience led by Paul & Marinette van Coller, Lead Pastors of Hope Church. 

Our college includes lectures on Biblical studies and leadership subjects as well as practical and hands-on training experience. Students are equipped and empowered with opportunities to operate at a high capacity in ministry and in the marketplace.  

Our Hope Leadership College certificate confirms that students have been trained in practical ministry and servant leadership at Hope Church George. 

Let Hope Leadership College prepare you for your unique destiny.

There’s a misconception that ministry is only for Churches. We hear the expression “going into ministry” as if it is the same as “becoming a pastor”, but in Ephesians 4:12 the Apostle Paul talks about equipping the saints for the work of ministry. These saints are the everyday Christians, like you and me. In Ephesians 4:12, anything that builds up the body of Christ is ministry. So, the saint could be an artist, a businessperson, a lawyer, a politician, an actor, a stay-at-home parent, a social worker, a teacher, a missionary – in fact, anyone, can serve in ministry if the body of Christ is built up.

At Hope Leadership College our mission is to raise and equip once-in-a-generation-type leaders. But who is to to say that these leaders have to be the ones leading churches? A leader could be the scientist who finds an amazing treatment for clinical depression or a computer programmer developing the next learning machine.

If we limit ministry only to leadership in churches (and good church leadership is certainly needed!), then we limit the impact the Church of Jesus Christ can have on the rest of the world. It’s the ministry beyond the four walls of where we meet on Sundays that is most important. What happens on a Sunday should be the overflow of our ministry during the week. Leadership, Bible and theology aren’t fields for specialists – they’re skills and tools for everyday living! 

A typical week at a glance:

The program runs from Tuesday to Friday and a full day and evening on Sundays. Although our college hours are from 9am to 5pm, there are many instances where students may be required to arrive early or leave late. Students serve in different areas of church life such as Kids Church, Youth, Schools Ministry, creative areas, hospitality, events and more. They also attend lectures and Bible Studies and serve wherever they are needed.

Holidays or breaks:

Our program is divided up into four terms, and students receive a one-week break at the end of each term to refresh and get ready for the following term. 

What’s next after the year?

God takes students on an incredible journey throughout the year and often reveals their next season when the time is right. We take time to pray and chat with each student about this. Many students go on to study elsewhere or work and do what God has called them to after completing their first year at our Leadership College. Some students continue towards a SATS accredited certificate in Practical Theology while volunteering in different capacities at Hope Church. 

What is the application process?

Applicants must be 17-25 years old.

There are a number of simple but important steps to follow to complete your application successfully.

STEP 1: 

APPLY – Complete and hand in our Application Form to Hope Church or email it to info@hopechurch.org.za.

STEP 2: 

SUBMIT VIDEO – Using a Smartphone, please film a 30-second video of yourself explaining why you want to join our Leadership College. Then email your video to us at info@hopechurch.org.za.

STEP 3: 

You will be contacted by the Leadership College to schedule an interview appointment. 

STEP 4: 

You will receive notification whether your application has been successful or not by the end of November.

Application deadline: 30 November each year

College fees: R4 500 (non-refundable)

Subject to change for 2021 enrolment. 

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