“With the Oak Hall Year, our goal is to create an affordable programme soaked in prayer, study, service and adventure as preparation for a life lived in wholehearted devotion to the Lord Jesus.”
Many in their twenties and thirties want to volunteer with us and we love to serve together! The Oak Hall Year is the next step: rather than working together for a few days on an expeditions team, we see great potential in investing more systematically and deliberately into the lives of a small group over the period of a year.
The programme is structured around three 10-week terms. The mornings of term time are spent exploring God’s word, integrating what we are finding to help us think Christianly and applying it so that we can serve effectively.
The greatest danger of a year’s study is growing in arrogance instead of godliness. The best defence against this is service. In the afternoons of term time we serve practically at Otford Manor where Oak Hall is based. We strengthen the work of Oak Hall by hosting groups, sharpening skis, helping in the kitchen, cleaning toilets, and generally making Oak Hall happen.
There are also opportunities to serve for six weeks on Oak Hall expeditions, travelling to different parts of Europe. This lets us put everything we are learning into action as we seek to take people away from the distractions of everyday life, show them the glory of Jesus revealed in the Bible and send them home refreshed to serve in their home churches.
A typical week
Each morning starts in prayer along with the rest of the Oak Hall team. After this, each day has a different focus. A key element of the year is studying the word of God. On Mondays and Tuesdays, we systematically work through various books of the Bible. By the end of the year, we have studied six major books in depth and been thoroughly introduced to many more. The goal of this time is to be re-shaped by God’s word, to be prepared for a lifetime of studying it ourselves and equipped to use it to help others.
Throughout the year we also study ten key doctrines, learn from key figures from church history, study the ten commandments in depth, as well as learn how to think through things with a Biblical frame of mind and know how to live it all out.
This full-time course is a very valuable one but the ‘apprenticeship’ nature of its structure, (serving with the Oak Hall team interspersing the tuition) allows us to offer it free of charge to those who successfully apply. The course is residential, and food and accommodation are provided at no extra cost.
We hope this course will strengthen the Church by producing Biblically literate, theologically mature, pastorally wise servants who get stuck into churches for the rest of their lives.
Learn more about the Oak Hall Year and how to apply here.