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About IDT

This 15 week full time program is designed to guide you in cultivating your personal relationship with God, becoming a firm and committed disciple of Jesus Christ, and equipping you to disciple others. The mission of our program is based on 2 Timothy 2:2.

2 Tim 2:2 (NLT) “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others”.

The curriculum provides individual attention to each student through spiritual mentorship and small group study. Emphasis is essentially placed on transformation rather than information. The experience is intensive and challenging but at the same time spiritually refreshing and inspiring.

The program is for those who are serious about becoming committed disciples of Jesus Christ whose life goal would be to make disciples of Jesus. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, self-disciplined, ready to be committed and obedient to Jesus. If you are ready to make such a commitment, join us!

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Deeper personal relationship with God
  • Discover your identity and calling in Christ
  • Develop strong prayer life
  • Life of self-discipline
  • Christ-like character
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Love for God’s Word
  • Love and compassion for the lost
  • Learn to disciple others
  • Learn to lead a small group

Admissions

If you feel God is calling you to attend IDT, do not postpone your decision. You need to take the following steps to register:

  • Include a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Include a $500 deposit. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition. See Tuition Cost page for payment options. – Make checks/money orders payable to SMBS.
  • Provide an enlarged copy of your driver’s license or identification card.
  • Provide an enlarged copy of your social security card.
  • Provide an enlarged copy of your green card and/or passport.
  • Please send ALL of the above listed items in one package to:

Intensive Discipleship Training
2016 Anniston Road
Jacksonville, FL 32246

All applications will be reviewed from June 30th through July 31st. You may send in your applications earlier; however, they will be evaluated only during the dates mentioned. You will receive an official reply regarding your admission status by July 31st.

If you send in your application postmarked after July 31st , please include a $100 late registration fee.

*Please note: When you submit your application, your check will be cashed however, this does not mean that you are accepted to IDT. You will receive an official reply from the admission office by July 31st. In the event that you are not accepted, you will receive a full refund of your tuition deposit.

Tuition Cost

The tuition cost is $750 per month, with a total of $3,000 for four months. This covers education, housing and 2 meals a day Monday to Friday (breakfast and lunch).

A $500 deposit and a $50 nonrefundable application fee (total $550) are to be submitted with the application. The remaining tuition balance of $2,500 and house cleaning fee of $50 (total $2,550) is to be paid in full by August 15th.

Once you have been accepted to IDT program and you change your mind about attending or your circumstances change, you will NOT receive a refund of your deposit. In the event that your application is denied for various reasons, we will refund your tuition deposit in full.

If you send in your application postmarked after July 30th, please include a $100 late registration fee.

  • The tuition cost does not include missionary trip expenses.

Payment Options

Full Payment

Payment Plan

Tuition Cost $3,000 $3,000
Application Fee $50 $50
Housing Fee $50 $50
Payment Plan Fee N/A $290
Monthly Payment N/A $710
Total $3,100 $3,390

* Tuition deposit is included in the tuition total.

Option 1:
Full Payment

Option 2:
Payment Plan

Total: $3,100.
Submit a $500 deposit and a $50 application fee along with your application. The remaining tuition balance of $2,500 and dorm fee of $50 is to be paid in full by August 15th.
Total: $3,390.
Submit a $500 deposit and a $50 application fee along with your application. The remaining tuition balance, payment plan fee and house cleaning fee will be divided into four payments of $710 that are due the 1st of each month, September to December. The payment will be withdrawal automatically from the back account on the 1st of each month. A late fee of $50 will be applied to all payments received after the 1st of the month. If you choose the payment plan option, please contact our accountant at accounting@smbs.org.
*Students cannot receive multiple discounts.
*We accept cash, checks, credit cards and electronic bank transfers. There is a 3% processing fee for credit and debit card payments. If you would like to do an electronic fund transfer, please contact our office for additional instructions.

Curriculum

IDT is not just a program where you go through classes and lectures; it is an atmosphere of the presence of God, an environment that is filled with deep desire to know Christ more intimately and to be conformed to His image. It is a place where we seek the presence of God and are transformed by His powerful presence. We want to see you grow spiritually and become more and more Christ-like, and we will do our best to create an environment that will allow you to grow through experiences such as:

  • One on one mentoring and counseling with a godly person throughout the semester to help you become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus.
  • Small group sessions where real life issues will be discussed.
  • Lecture sessions with a teacher who will challenge you to apply new principles in your everyday life and ministry.
  • Daily personal devotions and group prayers.
  • Supplemental learning through carefully selected Christian literature.
  • Personal and classroom Bible studies that will challenge you to apply Biblical truths in your life and teach them to others.
  • Fellowship with teachers and staff outside of class setting in order to learn from wise and godly people and develop lifelong friendships.

Conditions to receive a Diploma of Completion

  1. The student has to succeed academically in order to receive diploma.
  2. ALL assignments, exams, projects, practical experiences and forms must be submitted.
  3. The school holds the right to withhold a diploma from any student who receives three written rule violations or is caught cheating on exams or assignments.
  4. The school holds the right to withhold a diploma from any student who doesn’t show spiritual growth.

Student Services

Our goal is to help you grow spiritually, obtain a firm foundation, and develop a strong love for God and people. While going through this growing process and adapting to a new environment far from your family, it is our sincere desire that you would feel supported and encouraged.

Our goal is to help you grow spiritually, obtain a firm foundation, and develop a strong love for God and people. While going through this growing process and adapting to a new environment far from your family, it is our sincere desire that you would feel supported and encouraged.

Counseling/Advising

Throughout the learning process, there might come a time when you will be in need of advice, encouragement, or counseling of a spiritual leader. We would like you to know that there are trustworthy people available to listen, offer support, and pray for you individually.

Live Streaming

Don’t forget to let your family and friends know that they can see you online weekly by watching our church services and IDT special events. The Living Stream Church website is: www.lscjax.org

Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all enrolled students. The purpose of orientation is to thoroughly familiarize the students with the program, our policies, schedules, extracurricular activities, special events and staff. Orientation will be held Monday, August 26, 2019.

Counseling/Advising

Throughout the learning process, there might come a time when you will be in need of advice, encouragement, or counseling of a spiritual leader. We would like you to know that there are trustworthy people available to listen, offer support, and pray for you individually.

Fundraising Classes

Often you wonder where will you get finances to go on a mission trip. Besides praying for God to provide, you will be able to attend classes that will show you numerous effective methods that will enable you to raise money for your missionary trip, your group and specific missionary projects.

Rules and Regulations

The following rules were designed so that each student is aware of the expectations that we place on them as they prepare themselves for Christian ministry.

IDT staff is concerned not only with academic performance but also with the Christian character development of each student. Please carefully read over and familiarize yourself with each rule before applying to IDT.

General

1. All students are required to obey the school’s rules, regulations, and administration.

2. As Christians, students must respect the upbringing, views and opinions of others.

3. All students are required to be punctual and arrive on time to all in-school and after-school activities and events.

4. Students are required to attend ALL in-school and after-school activities. Attending the local church, Living Stream, is also mandatory.

5. Students will bear consequences for every complaint made against them outside of the school such as for misbehavior, inappropriate conversations, violation of dress code or any form of damages.

Classroom

6. Students are not to disturb the discipline established by the instructor or by the administration.

7. Students are required to complete and submit all assignments given by the instructor or administration by the set deadline. Points will be deducted for all late submissions.

8. Cell phone use is strictly prohibited during class and church services. Cell phones are to be used ONLY during breaks.

9. Leaving the classroom during class time is not allowed. Students will have 10 minute breaks between class periods and one hour break for lunch.

10. Eating is strictly prohibited in the classroom. Drinks of any type must have a lid.

11. Class disruptions that are forbidden:

  • Talking and disturbing others during lectures.
  • Sleeping during lectures.
  • Listening to music during class.
  • Using ANY electronic devices during lectures.

12. Students are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the school building. Those on duty are responsible for the general cleanliness of the classroom, kitchen, and restrooms.

Dress code

13. Students must abide by the following dress code in school and in church:

*Ladies remember that modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
(1 Timothy 2:9)

Ladies

  • Should wear casual attire that is appropriate in a professional office or church environment.
  • Shirts must be long enough to completely cover your rear.
  • Skirt and dress length must be below the knee length and may not have a high slit.
  • Shirts must have sleeves. Absolutely no tank-tops, off shoulder tops, spaghetti straps or tube-tops for any activities, and in church.
  • The neckline of any blouse or dress may not show cleavage.
  • Hair must be kept neat, clean and well groomed.

Ladies are not allowed to wear:

    • Destroyed pants or jeans (no rips, slits or torn)
    • No leggings
    • No jeggings
    • No leather pants
    • Extravagant earrings or jewelry, all jewelry must be dainty 
    • No Shorts, Flip-flops, Slippers. 

*Gentlemen know that modesty does not only pertain to women, but it is important for our future leaders to observe modesty as well.

Gentlemen:

  • Should wear casual attire that is appropriate in a professional office or church environment.
  • Hair must be kept neat, clean and well groomed, no longer than shoulder length. No ponytails, man buns or braids.
  • Must wear jeans, khaki pants, or dress pants. Absolutely no sports pants, or ripped jeans.

Gentlemen are not allowed to wear:

    • Absolutely no sleeveless shirts.
    • Shorts, Flip-flops, Slippers.
    • Absolutely no earrings

     

Both genders:

Throughout the semester, which includes school, school-related activities, church, at home or in the dorm house, students are not allowed:

  • To have facial and/or body piercings
  • To have unnatural hairstyles and colors
  • Hats and headwear are prohibited indoors.

Students must abide by the following dress code for all church services. 

Ladies :

  • Must wear a skirt or dress. The length must be below the knee length and may not have a high slit. Д
  • Shirts must have sleeves. Absolutely no tank-tops, off shoulder tops, spaghetti straps or tube-tops 
  • No jewelry when on the stage

Gentlemen – Парни:

  • Must wear dress pants 
  • Must wear a polo or collared dress shirt

14. Every Friday, students are to wear the school t-shirt which will be provided.

15. Students are required to wear their own name tags every day during class and may NOT write on them.

Housing & Transportation

16. Every student is responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of the room or dorm house, which they are provided to live in.

17. Lights must be out by 12AM to allow others to get rest.

18. Student must spend the night only in their assigned housing arrangement. Spending the night elsewhere is allowed only with the consent of the administration.

19. Organizing gatherings or parties without the approval of administration is strictly prohibited.

20. The maximum number of guests that are allowed in a dorm house is 8. They are not to stay past 11 pm on any given day.

21. Irresponsible/illegal operation of a vehicle is strictly prohibited. It endangers not only your life but those around you.

Christian Morals

22. During the course of the school semester, students are not allowed to date. This only distracts from your studies and the purpose of being here.

23. Conduct that is strictly prohibited between ladies and gentlemen:

  • Holding hands.
  • Sitting on each other’s lap.
  • Hugging.
  • Kissing.
  • Giving massages.
  • Swimming together.
  • Having sexual relations.

24. Behavior that is strictly prohibited:

  • Use of vulgar words or expressions.
  • The use of physical force in resolving arguments.
  • Theft.
  • The use of alcohol.
  • The use of tobacco.
  • The use of recreational drugs or narcotics.

25. Students are not allowed to:

  • Listen to non-Christian music.
  • Watch movies that are unacceptable in Christian surroundings.
  • Visit pornography sites or inappropriate pages.
  • Practice witchcraft.

26. Cheating on exams and any other in-class or out-of-class assignments is strictly prohibited. Lying is unacceptable.

27. It is forbidden to post inappropriate pictures online during the school semester or missionary trip.

Financial Obligations

28. Students hold a financial obligation for any damages to school inventory, school or church property, place of lodging or school transportation.

29. The school does not bear any responsibility for medical costs associated with illness, medical condition, trauma, or automobile accident.

30. If a student withdraws from school for any reason or if the student is expelled, he/she will not receive a tuition refund.

Disciplinary Actions

31. If a student demonstrates inappropriate behavior, the school administration reserves the right to deny him/her of being part of an IDT missionary team, and will not be responsible for any financial losses that may come as a result.

32. For every violated rule or regulation, the student will face appropriate disciplinary actions. Once the student receives a written warning, parents will be notified. The written warning will be permanently placed in the student’s file. After receiving three written warning, the school reserves the right to expel the student without a tuition refund. Administration has the right to contact the student’s home church leaders.

33. Remember that in the case of outright violation of Christian morals and Biblical principles with behavior such as fornication, deceit, theft, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, the administration reserves the right to expel offenders immediately, without warning and tuition refund.

Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the state. With warm temperatures throughout the year and dozens of beaches nearby, Jacksonville has unlimited recreational possibilities.

The city is divided by St. Johns River that flows through the city’s downtown which is lined with skyscrapers and bridges.

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier

The Atlantic coast of Northern Florida is a popular spot for surfing, swimming and boating. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is an accessible spot for fishing, with no license required.

Downtown St. Augustine, FL

One of the closest most historical cities to Jacksonville is St. Augustine. It is located a short 45 minute drive south of Downtown Jacksonville.

This city is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. Jacksonville is also about two hours away from Orlando, a popular theme park spot.

Is every student required to go on a missionary trip?2019-02-07T11:50:59-04:00

For SMBS:

Over the years, it has been made known that a missions trip is not separate from the school curriculum but a major part. That being said, students will be equipped and sent on a mandatory short term missions trip or serve locally during their course of studies, after which they will return back to school to combine their missions experience with their written education. They will be taught by various teachers on various topics, apologetics and much more. Once graduated, students will have the opportunity to go on a missions trip for a longer term.

Short term and long term missions trips will consist of traveling to countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Napal, Russia, Ukraine, Honduras, Spain, areas of Asia and throughout the US.

For IDT:

You can still attend IDT even if you are not able to go on a missionary trip; however, we highly encourage you to go in order to complete your experience.

Students will not be allowed to go if academic or conduct standards are not met. Mission interviews will be conducted and preference will be given to those that have a passion for ministry, have skills, and succeed academically.

Will I be able to go on a missionary trip after the completion of the program?2019-02-07T11:48:54-04:00

For SMBS and IDT:

Yes, there will be opportunity to go on a mission trip. However the mission trip expenses are not included in the tuition.

How much money will I need for personal expenses while in school?2019-02-07T11:46:41-04:00

For SMBS and IDT:

You will need approximately $200-$300 a month for your personal expenses.

Below are some optional expenses:

  • Class photo and student portrait – $20
  • Album/Yearbook – $50
  • Class sweater or hoodie – $30
  • 2 Class t-shirts – Free

For TBS:

You will need roughly $40 a week for personal expenses (ice-cream, fun food, etc).

How can I raise money to pay for my SMBS Ministries tuition or missions trip?2019-02-07T11:43:00-04:00

Below you can find some ideas on raising money for your tuition:

  • Car Wash: Involve your church’s youth to help you organize a car wash for fundraising.
  • Sales: You can earn money by selling cookies, baked items, lunches, etc. Ask permission to hold such sales at your church, other local churches, or businesses. Ask your friends to help out.
  • Local Church: You can ask your church to help cover part of your tuition. With your church’s permission, tell the congregation about SMBS Ministries and your future missionary trip plans.
  • Advertise: Many churches print weekly bulletins, have websites, or publish a newspaper. You can include your missionary trip information and have a wonderful opportunity to tell others about your future plans and ways that they can donate.
  • Social Media: Use your Facebook or blog page to ask for support. You will be surprised by the results.
  • Letters: Sending letters is one of the most effective ways to collect funds for missionary trips. On average, you can receive up to $2,500 by mailing well written letters to approximately 75 people. You think you don’t know 75 people? Think again. Don’t limit yourself by just family and friends. Send out letters to everyone who you can think of: friends, relatives, churches, youth leaders, businesses, teachers, employers, etc.
  • Business Sponsorship: Often businesses reserve funds for donations and contributions. Ask your local businessmen to become your partners or to donate money for your missionary trip. Remember, they don’t always have to be Christian to make a donation.
  • Partnership: Ask your friends or family members to sponsor you for the time that you are at SMBS Ministries and missions. For example, find several friends who will donate $10, $20, or $50 a month. Give them your bank number so they can just transfer funds or give them your address so they can mail you checks.
What language are the lectures taught in?2019-02-07T11:39:36-04:00

The majority of the lectures for the SMBS and IDT programs will be taught by instructors speaking in English  and a small percentage speaking in Russian.

The notes, tests and administrative work will be in English.

The entire program for TBS will be instructed and administered in English.

Will there be a dress code?2019-02-07T11:36:12-04:00

Yes there is a dress code that is enforced for each program.

Please see the Rules and Regulations tab in each of the programs.

What is the minimum age to attend our programs?2019-02-07T11:33:51-04:00

To attend the following programs:

SMBS: Students who are 18 years or older.

TBS: Students must be between the age of 14 to 17, inclusively.

IDT: Students who are 18 years or older.

Camp Iceberg: Teens must be between the age of 14 to 17, inclusively.

Will there be breaks in the school program?2019-02-07T11:30:11-04:00

In short, No.

We condense our programs into a short time frame to maximize the amount of material and activities in the short time of study.

SMBS program includes a choir tour that gives a diversity to the program and the IDT program includes in itself two retreats with students that give a break from classroom settings.

If you have a planned event like a wedding during the semester before applying, contact our office to discuss it beforehand to compare calendars.

Who will meet me when I arrive?2019-02-07T11:23:41-04:00

Don’t worry. No matter how you arrive to Jacksonville, we will be be sure you know where to go.

For SMBS, TBS and IDT:

  • If you are arriving by airplane, you must email us your itinerary. We do not accept any verbal arrival information. Please make sure that the date, time, airline company and flight number are included. A school representative with an SMBS Ministries sign will greet you at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and take you to your place of lodging.
  • If you are arriving by car or any other form of transportation, you need to also notify the administration of your arrival day/time and an address to your lodging will be sent to you.
  • You do not need to stop at school to sign in, you would go strait to your dorm house.
What should I take with me?2019-02-07T11:17:28-04:00

See List of Items to Bring to SMBS.

See List of Items to Bring to TBS.

See List of Items to Bring to IDT.

How early must I arrive prior to the first day of class?2019-02-06T11:20:39-04:00

You must arrive 2-3 days prior to the first day of class to get settled and adjust to the new time zone. All students are required to attend orientation Sunday, at 5 pm the day before school starts. Orientation will be approximately 3 hours long. Please do NOT arrive more than three days prior to the first day unless you have accommodations to live with someone other than the provided dorm house.

When does the school semester begin and end?2019-02-06T11:17:15-04:00

SMBS Program

  • The school semester begins Monday, January 6, 2020 and ends Friday, June 5, 2020.
  • Mandatory orientation will be held Sunday, January 5, 2020.
  • Graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, June 7, 2020.
  • Students must all attend and participate in the final church service Sunday, June 7, 2020.

TBS Program

  • The school semester begins Monday, June 17, 2019 and ends Friday, July 12, 2019.
  • Mandatory orientation will be held Sunday, January 16, 2019.
  • Graduation ceremony will take place Saturday,July 13, 2019.

IDT Program

  • The school semester begins Monday, August 26, 2019 and ends Friday, December 6, 2019.
  • Graduation ceremony will take place Saturday, December 7, 2019.
  • Students must all attend and participate in the final church service Sunday, December 8, 2019

IDT Experience