The Student Life Department seeks to enhance the entire school experience, as well as carry out our core value of community, by focusing on the students’ social life outside of the classroom. Sponsored activities and trips help students build healthy, lasting relationships with fellow students, staff, and faculty. The department also provides oversight, pastoral care, and counseling to assist and strengthen our students.
This generation is in desperate need of spiritual fathers and mothers who are willing to pour out their hearts and live on a deep, transparent and intimate level. As Paul stated in 1 Cor. 4:14-16, “I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”
Mentoring groups are a vital part of a student’s life at FIRE. These provide a time of small group interaction between students and a mentor. Mentoring groups give students a unique time to share personal questions and concerns, to seek wisdom, insight, to pray together and to develop deeper relationships with each other. In addition to regularly scheduled weekly meetings during class time, groups will meet off campus for “Family Time,” a time of fellowship, further enrichment and deliberate mentoring. The pastoral needs, oversight and care of each student will be facilitated in the focus/FIRE group setting.
First year students are assigned to a FIRE Group for personal mentoring, pastoral care, fellowship and community building.
Second year students choose the focus group of their choice, these groups are more focused and deliberate in training for their specific calling. These teams will meet each week for a time of small group interaction with their Focus Group leaders and other students in the same ministry pursuit. Each group’s discussions will be centered around one of the Leadership Institute’s emphases (Missions, Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Worship, Prayer, Intercession and Revival, Children and Youth Ministry).
FIRE School begins each week with “Chapel”- a corporate worship, intercession and prophetic service. Students are encouraged to operate in prophecy and exhortation in an encouraging environment guided by the faculty. Each Chapel has its own unique personality, beginning with a time of vibrant worship moving into a time of flowing in the Spirit.
The vision of FIRE’s prayer ministry is to help facilitate a “culture of devotion,” modeled after the church in Antioch in Acts 11 and 13. It was “while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting” that the Holy Spirit spoke. We are passionate about prayer because we’re passionate about the Lord. He is the object of our devotion, and our love for Him and need for His divine assistance and guidance is the fuel of our prayers.
Our goal is to instill a vision deeply into the hearts of our whole student body to make prayer their supreme priority until it is a lifestyle. Our reason for this, primarily, is because it is our scriptural mandate from Jesus Himself: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17; Isa 56:7; see also John 2:13-17). But fervent prayer is also FIRE’s distinct revival heritage. It’s part of our identity, and we know that God does not move outside of its sphere of influence.
To help accomplish this, we pray every Thursday evening. There are also additional times set aside for prayer throughout the semester, as well as student-initiated prayer times that occur regularly.
FIRE retreat is a required biannual event which occurs one week prior to the start of every semester. It is a total “immersion” in God, community, and FIRE’s spiritual culture. This key time provides a great opportunity to build relationships with other students, FIRE staff, and faculty members. It also serves to lay a foundation for the upcoming semester.
Along with sound Biblical classroom teaching, FIRE offers students a wide range of ministry opportunities. These practical ministry experiences are designed to provide hands-on training, the opportunity to develop in confidence and ability to minister, and to encourage a heart of service and compassion for the lost. Students also learn to work and minister as a team. Outreaches are usually done in conjunction with FIRE, and other local ministries.
Children’s Ministry provides opportunities to bless and minister to children in the FIRE community.
This team is designed to evangelize and minister on the streets of Yaoundé and surrounding cities. They use a variety of ministry styles such as: street preaching, prophetic evangelism, and relationship evangelism.
House of Prayer
The goal of this team is to raise up a prayer movement at FIRE. Students will be trained in various prayer styles as well as how to lead others in prayer.
FBI regularly takes out teams of students on the road, to minister in churches along the east coast, as well as to partner with other ministries in various evangelism and outreach opportunities.
Students will join the worship team to lead during chapel services.