Imagine spending a whole summer in Jacksonville, Florida with 100+ other college students who want to grow in their relationships with God. You'll live, work, and have fun together all summer long and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
In 2 Timothy 2:9-10, Paul exhorts Timothy to remember or call to mind Jesus Christ and the truths of the Gospel or "good news" that Paul preached. He does this even though he recognized it was because of this Gospel that he was in chains. Then he makes a startling and extraordinary proclamation saying, "But the Word of God is not bound!"
Wouldn't it be nice to base your life off of something that is not bound by the ebb and flow of the circumstances of your life? Doesn't it sound appealing to know the All-Powerful God of the Universe, who NEVER changes, in a real and intimate way? What if He has revealed Himself to us, and these things are actually available?
Would you prayerfully consider joining us in JAX
this summer as we seek to know God and live according to His Word which is
WHAT IS AN STP?
Each summer, The Navigators® Collegiate Ministries provide multiple intensive summer growth initiatives called Summer Training Programs (STPs) in different regions of the country. The Central Plains Region and the Mid-America Region of The Navigators® offer the Jacksonville Summer Training Program. Students live, work, have fun, and learn with other college students for eight weeks in Jacksonville, FL.
Each student works a full time job in Jacksonville during the day and participates in Bible studies, evangelistic outreaches, discipleship groups, ministry training, fellowship, and other activities during the week. These opportunities for fellowship, mentoring, guided experiences, and time in the Word create an ideal environment for students to grow in their relationship with Christ as well as develop ministry skills and leadership qualities. Summer Training Programs are operated and overseen by experienced full-time Navigator Staff.
JAX STP is a summer training program sponsored by The Navigators® designed to help you focus on learning to live out God's call to love your neighbor both in the workplace and in the community of Jacksonville, Florida.
Join 100+ students and collegiate Navigators staff from the Central Plains and Mid America regions for a great summer in JAX! The Navigators® Summer Training Programs are proven to be "greenhouses" for spiritual and relational growth. At JAX STP, we will dig deeply into the mysteries of who God is, who God says we are, how we can relate well with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, how we can serve others, God’s heart for the lost and His heart for all nations. Students will engage in the community relationally, by going to a local church weekly, and professionally, by working a full-time job in Jacksonville. We will trust God to teach and develop us all as we learn to better love, and authentically share our faith, in the work world.
Our goal is developing and equipping participants to be life-long laborers for Jesus Christ. Laborers who seek to respond to God's call to love others deeply and point them towards Jesus, using the gifts He has given them no matter what community or life circumstances they may find themselves in. Our hope is that students will return back to their campuses and workplaces pursuing to know Christ deeper and make Him known in the very places they live.
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider STP
Learn how to meet with Jesus through His Word and grow through: Bible studies, evangelistic outreaches, discipleship groups, ministry training, fellowship, and other activities designed to challenge and encourage students in all areas of their faith.
Imagine spending a whole summer with 100+ other college students who want to grow in their relationships with God. You'll live, work, and have fun together all summer long and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Students work full-time jobs in various parts of Jacksonville making a real paycheck. Not only do students gain very unique job experiences, but they also gain invaluable relational skills. Working alongside people different from you, asking good questions, and sparking meaningful conversations are skills that are necessary to succeed in any workplace and JAX STP offers the opportunity to grow in all three!
Between large group functions and your days off, you will have a blast! You won't believe not only how much you're learning and growing, but how much fun you're having at the same time.
A two-month window of time dedicated to time with the Lord, rest, and relationships with like-minded people may never happen again after you graduate. Take advantage of this opportunity while you can.
"So the overall goal of JAX is to grow individually in our faith walk, our walk with Jesus, and then to share that with the whole world starting right here in Jacksonville."
"Working full-time is really hard, but people have definitely noticed there’s something different about us as we’re working. So it’s been really encouraging just seeing that God is really working through us as we’re just like chopping veggies and doing our job."
"I really really think the community is really important. I’ve never been as encouraged as much as I’ve had at JAX – just everybody is looking to build each other up."
"Sharing on the beach here has made me more bold in my faith. I’m not as afraid to talk about it and say hey this is what Jesus has done for me, and this is what he can do for you. All it takes is a little faith."
Check out what students learned and experienced last year at JAX STP!
MAY 21st - JULY 18th, 2021
University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida
UNBOUND (2 Timothy 2:9b)
Cost & Fundraising
The program costs $2,800 which every student is encouraged to raise funds to pay for the cost of the program. Take a look at the Finances page for more information on what Fundraising might look like.
About the Program
"Intense & Rewarding" are words often used to describe a Summer Training Program experience. Students will be stretched as they work a full-time or part-time job in Jacksonville, while engaging with their team of 4 to 5 other college students. Each Team Member will meet weekly with their Team Leader in one-on-one discipleship, spend time every week preparing for Bible Study, as well as be trained in evangelism, and actually go out to share their faith on the beach. Each week a different speaker will present on a relevant topic to your spiritual development as you grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord. For a more detailed look at a typical week at JAX STP, check out the Schedule page.
Every Team Member will work a full-time job (40 hours a week) and every Team Leader will work a part-time job (20 hours a week). This gives every student the chance to work alongside others, share the Gospel in the workplace, and apply what they are learning during the program. To see a list of employers our students have partnered with in the past, go to the Jobs page or the Internships page.
There is a page just for you! Answers to your questions can be found on the Parents page. There will also be a Parent's Weekend during the program, JULY 2-4, where your family can come visit your student.
Team Leaders apply by FEB 12th, 2021
Team Members apply by MAR 12th, 2021
If you Apply before JAN 1st, your application fee will only be $25. Any application received after will have a $50 fee.