Outdoor Discipleship Course
During each NZ summer (from Oct- Dec and from Feb- April) Sonshine Ranch runs 2 Courses teaching young adults basic life principles through outdoor adventure activities combined with relevant bible teaching and practical work. Each course lasts between 8-10 weeks (depending on the school term). Anyone 18yrs and older from all nationalities can apply.
We do get a lot of European applications but we would love to get an increasing number of young ‘Kiwis’ on board.
If you are living in NZ and are about to finish year 13, the COLT course might be a great opportunity for you to join before you start University or as part of your gap year. You will be able to grow in your Christian Faith, your character, self confidence and practical skills through the various and endless challenges Sonshine Ranch offers.
The COLT courses have been running since October 2004 and got developed out of the desire and our passion to invest into your life as a young adult. The purpose of the course is not only to encourage and support you in basic life principles but especially to help you establish and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That will happen through daily study times and discussions about relevant Christian topics. The course will also cover other subjects including giving a testimony in public, how to lead a child to Christ, and how to run bible sessions for children.
You will also learn to safely run and instruct some of our many activities we do with NZ schools as part of their EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) programme and be actively involved in all the practical work that is happening at an Outdoor Adventure Centre such as on the farm, in the garden, house and kitchen.
We usually plan two special trips during the COLT course. These expeditions will change on weather and which instructors are available. Past courses have been on a real NZ bush experience, tramping over Mount Tongariro, and a tour of the Coromandel Peninsular.
Some COLT graduates stay on to help during the school holiday camps to minister to the many young lives that come through the Ranch. Others use Sonshine Ranch as a base for further travels in New Zealand.
If you are interested in joining one of our upcoming courses please click HERE to make an enquiry!