Frequently Asked Questions
Who are The Navigators™?
The Navigators™ is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry established in 1933. Navigators are people who love Jesus Christ and desire to help others know and grow in Him as they “navigate” through life. Our 83-year-old slogan, “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known®,” aptly describes what Navigators do. As we befriend those who don’t know Jesus or those just starting out in their relationship with Him, we show them how to grow, and how to help others grow, too.
Our mission is based on the Bible, God’s Word. Desiring to fulfill 2 Timothy 2:2, Navigators seek to forward the grace and teachings of Christ from one believer to the next—what we call “generational multiplication.” And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV).
Today, The Navigators™ staff family—4,600 strong—includes 70 nationalities, 130 languages, and numerous heritages and life experiences. The Navigators™ family also includes those who work alongside and support our staff, whose hearts beat with the passion of our motto, “to Know Christ and to Make Him Known®.”
For further questions, visit The Navigators™ website or reference our statement of faith.
Where will I be staying during JAX STP?
Students will live in a residential hall on the University of North Florida campus, called the Crossings. Rooms house 3-4 students (these students also are all on the same team for summer-long training). The rooms are equipped with 5 twin beds so that each student has their own bed.
How much does the program cost?
The total cost for the summer program in Jacksonville is $2800 plus an application fee. If you happen to apply and not get accepted to the program, your application fee will be refunded. This price includes all room, board, program expenses, and meals (excluding Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch). This fee also covers special projects and overnight trips which are included as a part of the program curriculum and overall development for the students. The program is designed to provide all expenses that are connected with the full summer. All meals are included with the exception of Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch which are generally times that students choose to go out with their fellow team members or others and eat on their own.
We understand the challenge parents face in giving approval for their son or daughter to spend lots of money to participate in JAX STP. That is especially challenging when those parents are often making a sacrifice to simply help their child to get through the expensive college years.
The program places a high value upon family relationships. The Navigator staff members who are involved in leading the program strongly encourage and instruct students to follow their parent’s guidance in the process of deciding whether or not to participate in this program. We encourage all students to be pro-active and intentional in honoring parents and family bonds, finding ways to be more of a blessing to their own family circle as a result of participation in the Navigator ministry.
In many ways, this project is similar to an eight-week overseas mission trip, but without the plane ticket. Most overseas projects typically cost $3000+ for orientation, travel, room, board and administrative costs.
What is the breakdown of these costs?
$1950 - Campus Housing and meal plan at the University of North Florida (very modern, comfortable, secure dormitory residence with meals provided at the exceptional Chartwells Campus Dining Hall.) Also covered are additional meals catered for projects and beach events like evangelism training plus some special event meals including banquets.
$325 – Tuition which is used to fly in, provide expenses for a week, along with a modest honorarium for teacher/speaker/resource couples involved in the summer program. This will also cover various training materials including bible studies and scripture memory aids.
$225 – Insurance, campus parking tags, program meeting set-up materials, team date nights and social events, miscellaneous administrative charges including pre-program trips for staff that travel to Jacksonville in March to visit and cultivate our roster of potential employers in the Jacksonville area, enabling all students to quickly locate summer jobs. In addition this amount includes some margin for unexpected items that potentially arise during the summer program.
$300- Administrative charge to the Navigators. This fee is charged to all employees and allows you all the benefits of a Navigator employee. One of these benefits is the ability to raise funds to help cover the cost of the program. This fee goes to pay the administrative team that consists of financial services, legal services, and computer services.
Should I fundraise to help pay for the program?
The fund-raising effort can potentially be very rewarding and helpful to each one of the participants in this summer’s JAX STP. All participants are strongly ncouraged to exercise this option, even if on a limited basis.
In previous summer programs that we have been directly involved in, we have made several observations including:
Everyone is typically a bit hesitant initially to engage in personal fund-raising.
Students who do the Bible study included in the funding packet (sent to attendees once they have been accepted into the Program) and follow the suggested guidelines are surprised to discover that personal fund-raising is not as terrifying as it may initially appear!
Students often find that their fund-raising efforts open new opportunities for rewarding conversations about spiritual growth and personal campus ministry.
Students are almost always pleasantly surprised to see a number of friends and family members willingly contribute and invest financially in their upcoming summer of spiritual growth and ministry.
Students who faithfully follow the guidelines and who diligently work to get the invitation appeals out often see more funds actually given to their account then what is needed to pay for their summer program!
Some students see only a portion of their total needed amount contributed by friends, family and home churches. Even that partial amount can be a significant help in reducing the overall cost of the Program.
Many students in past summers have raised extra funds above what is needed to pay for their program costs and have been able to receive the balance in the form of an honorarium at the end of the summer program….a significant help for fall school expenses.
While students will be encouraged to fund-raise and allow others to invest in their summer, fundraising is not required to participate in the Program.
How do I travel to and from the program?
The program fee does not include any travel cost to and from the program. The Navigators do organize students into caravans which depart from key campus locations around the heartland and mid-west area. We ask students to share the cost of fuel on the trip with those who are driving their cars to Jacksonville.
The Navigators also organize overnight stopping places to and from Jacksonville. Those stops are normally located at the home church gym or family life center of someone who is associated with the Navigator work that lives along the route to Jacksonville – generally including stopping places in Tennessee, Georgia and/or Alabama.
If you choose to fly, please arrange your flight to arrive at the Jacksonville International Airport. Please check with your campus staff for appropriate arrival and departure dates and to arrange pick up at the airport.
What safety precautions are taken at the program?
We have chosen to have the students live in excellent dormitory arrangements. It is comfortable, pleasant and exceptionally secure which of course is critical for students living in a major metropolitan area. We know students will be much more teachable and responsive if their basic needs are met comfortably.
In addition, students are encouraged to be in pairs or groups at all times when leaving the campus, going walking or jogging on the campus, and at the beach. Basic beach and swimming safety are covered during the first week of the Program.
Should I bring my personal automobile to the program?
Some students are able to take their own vehicle to Jacksonville for the duration of this summer program. The Navigators do encourage this in hopes that approximately 60 to 70% of the students will wind up there with a personal vehicle. Some students choose to fly to Jacksonville. In such cases, Summer Program Staff will meet their plane at the Jacksonville International Airport and chauffer them to the dorm at the University of North Florida.
Typically students at the program are employed at 30 to 50 places of business within approximately 45 minutes of the University of North Florida campus. Program staff work hard to consolidate students so that several are working at the same business location. In such cases we ask students to carpool and share expenses for fuel. Ideally all students will be teamed up with other program students at their place of employment. There are exceptions to that however.
Some students seek out and commit to an internship type job in which they may be the only Nav student employee at that place of business. In other cases some businesses who hire Summer Program Students may only have openings for one or two students. In such cases we have to be creative in order to arrange transportation routes to insure that every student has a safe and timely ride to his place of work. That is one of the reasons that we ask each student to check with one of the program Nav staff and have his potential job approved prior to committing to that place of employment.
Will I attend a local church at the program?
All teams attend a local church in the Jacksonville area. Teams are spread out among different churches in the city, and around 5 teams attend each church. The churches welcome the students and excited to have them joining for the summer.