JOIN Joels APPRENTICeSHIp
Joel's ONLINE Ministry Apprenticeship
Equipping men and women in the cause of captivatingly communicating God's love — to empower, educate and emancipate others everywhere.
At the conclusion of the 1 year ONLINE Apprenticeship, a person will be equipped to effectively communicate to any audience — anywhere — at anytime (whether one is ministering in or outside of a faith-settings (e.g. church, etc.)!
Communication equipping includes:
In my early 20’s, I (Joel) received a simple, yet powerful revelation during a time of prayer and fasting. It’s been a guiding compass ever since. Here’s the gist of what I experienced:
In my mind, I saw a sports car racing up a freshly paved mountain road. The car quickly
ascended the twisting highway with implausible ease. This went on for some time—the
car always continuing to accelerate—until around one mountain curve the asphalt
abruptly ended. The car was hurled into a gauntlet of jagged rocks and towering trees. The
car was destroyed and engulfed in flame.
As I thought and prayed about what this mental picture meant, it became clear. It was an illustration. The car symbolized my capabilities (gifts and talents). The road represented my character; and both needed to be developed if I was going to successfully journey into the destiny God had purposed for me.
As the illustration vividly portrays, if your capability exceeds your character, you’re likely to “crash and burn.” Taking the time to build broad roads of character is essential if you are going to complete your God-given purpose. This lesson alone would have been good enough, yet I felt the illustration was stressing another lesson equally important. To reach your God-given potential you must also develop your capabilities.
Proverbs says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings…”
Getting “skilled” in your gifting is highly important. It will take you places—even “before kings.” If you never develop your capabilities—though you’ve built a whole interstate of character—you're not likely to travel far.
One of the goals of the apprenticeship is to help further guide every participant into his or her God-given purpose—by developing both broad roads of character and powerful ministry capabilities. Accordingly, the apprenticeship curriculum will focus on these two components:
The Audacity of Authenticity
Living Out Love
Releasing the Past
The Power of “Present”
Co-creating your Future (with God)
Wholeness & Holiness
Marriage & Ministry
Discovering your Strengths
Developing your Strengths
Fearless Public Speaking
The SHARPE Method: How to Carft a Speech that Moves Audiences to Action...Every Time! (Learn it exclusively in Joel's class!)
The Art of the Sermon
Knowing What to Say and Saying What you Know
Sermon Illustrations (free videos, object lessons, illustrations included in tuition)
Speaking for Change
Interactive Video Classes: Weekly classes give participants live, face-to-face interaction with other participants and Joel (as well as other subject experts that may be teaching) via video.
Choose Day or Night Classes:
Interactive Video Classes are held on:
Spring Class: (Currently in Session)
Start date: January 7, 2014
Ends: December 15 , 2014
Start date: September 2, 2014
Ends: August 22, 2015
Only a limited amount of applicants will be chosen for the ONLINE apprenticeship (approximately 30 total). With that being said, we would like to caution you from concluding that this is only for an "elite group' or that you might not be accepted. Acceptance is not based on the size of your church, ministry gifting or experience, but, rather, the size of your heart and desire to grow! The apprenticeship is open to individuals who are single or married and also welcomes the participation of married couples.
Joel Johnson is the Co-founder and President of Joel Johnson Ministries (JJM). Beyond the Board of Directors for JJM, Joel has also secured another layer of accountability for the apprenticeship and for himself, personally. Joel meets weekly with the pastoral leadership team of Gateway Church (TN). Beyond another layer of accountability for JJM and the apprenticeship, they also provide spiritual covering (advice, wisdom and prayer). Joel describes his relationship with the pastoral staff at Gateway like this, "In a thousand ways, they are my community, my friends and my family. Simply, I love 'doing-life' with them!"
You'll need a computer, access to high speed internet, a web-cam and a peaceful place to participate during class.
(More specifics TBA)
$49 Application Fee (non-refundable):
I class: $99/mo. for 1 year
2 classes: $149/mo. for 1 year
To make the journey more valuable, Joel makes himself available to participants via “personal email
coaching” at a private apprenticeship email address. You will also participate via email on a “peer
coaching team” of pastors, youth pastors and leaders with similar positions and congregation
Spouse's of ONLINE apprentices are welcomed to "sit-in" and attend classes alongside their spouse
for no additional charge!
Over the course of the year, participants will receive weeks worth of messages, complete with
illustrations and video content!
Note from Joel:
Please don't allow the Enemy (or yourself) to discourage or distract you from applying to the apprenticeship. It is my desire that through this, I will have a deep and personal impact on a handful of men and women that will last for eternity. I know that you will be so blessed, equipped and transformed after this year. Prayfully consider investing in yourself and your ministry by joining us!
If you are feeling unsure about how you will pay your tuition, please be assured that if God desires for you to participate in this ONLINE apprenticeship, He will financially provide for you. Also, you might just be amazed about how many people will be excited to supporting you!
So share with friends, neighbors and organizations what you would like to do (grow in your ministry capabilities and character for 1 year) and ask them if they would like to help support you by 1) praying for you and 2) by considering to financially support you as well. (If 6 people will sponsor you $25/mo. for the year, your tuition will be covered!)
May I encourage you with one my favorite passages from Proverbs, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." (Proverbs 3:5)
Please take some time to pray about being a part of the apprenticeship and, when you pray, don't lean exclusively on your own understanding. Meaning, don't get bogged-down by solely focusing on the "hows" (e.g. how you will raise the money, how you will work out all the details, etc.), rather, focus on what God would desire for you to do. As you pray, trust in the Lord that He will work out all the details.
Then after praying, if you feel like the Lord could be directing your path to participate, then I would encourage you to take a few minutes and fill out the application form below.
I am looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know you better this year!