Many organizations that emphasize an achievement process have a top honour to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to the organization and its program. We thought we'd take a quick moment to tell you about our top honour: the "Herald of Christ."
A young man cannot begin the steps to receive this honour until he is 16 and must complete it before his 21st birthday. We require the minimum age of 16, as we believe that by this time a young man will have been buffeted by the winds of temptation and the World enough to begin to reveal his level of commitment, not to Christian Service Brigade, but to Christ and His Kingdom.
Here, in brief, are the requirements for completing the Herald of Christ internship:
Before He Can Start
Prior to starting the Herald of Christ, a young man must also have completed the entire discipleship program of Explorer, Trailblazer, Guide, One Star, Two Star, and Three Star. By doing so, he should be equipped and demonstrating a life founded on Biblical knowledge, disciplines and leadership. So, before he begins the HOC, he will already have:
Experienced the mentoring of numerous adult men
Experienced the blessing of accountability from both adult men and peers
Explored the structure and application of the Bible
Memorized and learned to apply boat loads of scripture
Studied the word of God and interacted with his leader/mentor regarding his study
Studied the theology of prayer
Practiced the disciplines of consistent prayer and Bible reading on his own
Developed a habit of service
Considered his place in the Church
Practiced conflict resolution
Studied and practiced evangelism
Studied the principles and examples of Biblical servant leadership
Led a small group of young men
Practiced mentoring and discipling young men
Helped plan and execute events
Led the process of evaluating meetings and events for improvement
Spoken in public
Assessed his own leadership gifts and weaknesses
Begun to consider his spiritual gifts
Practiced listening skills, phone skills, and interview skills
After He Starts
If by the time the young man has completed the prerequisites, is at least 16, and is evidencing the fruit of Christ's work in his life, the Herald of Christ program can begin. This process includes:
Bible Exploration of the following books:
For each chapter, he must identify two discoveries, highlights or truths, and discuss this with his mentor.
A short, 250 word summary for each book is required, as well.
The young man will meet with a member of his church staff for formal study in the doctrine of his church, followed by a written report summarizing the doctrinal study.
The young man must choose and, with the help of his Herald of Christ Committee, organize a church related Ministry Project that will be challenging to him. This could be teaching a Sunday school class, serving as a junior counselor at camp, or organizing a missions trip, for example.
The young man must also engage in a leadership or service project in the community for at least three months. This too should be challenging to the young man and is designed to emphasize the important role that Christians are to play in the community where God has placed them.
In addition to the scripture committed to memory as a prerequisite, he must also memorize:
1 John 3:2
and two of the following:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Essay or Theme
As the internship comes to an end, he must write a 1000 word essay answering the following four questions:
How did I come to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour?
In what ways is Christ working in my life today?
What are some of my future plans for serving Christ?
What are some key Bible verses for me at this time in my life? Why?
If at the end of this process the young man continues to demonstrate the fruit of Christ in his life and has shown himself to be a herald of his Lord within the gifts and abilities God has granted him, then he will become one of just over200 young men to have received this honour in the 73 year history of our organization in Canada.
If You Are Interested
If you, or a young man you know, are interested in learning more about the Herald of Christ program, please contact our national office at:
or, your local Regional Director through our website: