FRESHMEN INTEGRATION TRAINING (FIT)
Before classes officially begin, incoming freshmen attend the Freshman Intensive Training (FIT). It is a time to be acquainted with one another and to learn about the culture of the Philippines and life in IGSL. Preparatory classes like Research and Writing are also conducted during the FIT. Read more.
A time for the IGSL family to gather weekly at the chapel for praise and worship, fellowship, time in the Word, and addressing specific issues or topics raised by the student body. This is planned and handled by the Student Council and actively participated by students, faculty, and staff. Community Time has been designed to help strengthen the school’s unity and vision. Watch videos of chapel messages HERE.
IRON-SHARPENING GROUP (ISG)
An intimate community within the bigger IGSL community that is intended to provide students an avenue for accountability, continuing discipleship time, and time to encourage one another. An ISG is facilitated by a faculty member. It also provides a forum for discussing personal issues, interacting in an informal situation with faculty, and developing closer relationships with fellow students. As part of the personal development aspect of the curriculum, these groups form an integral and enjoyable part of the growth and training of IGSL students.
TARGET AREA MINISTRIES
To enable the students to apply what they learn even while they are at IGSL, the school provides three real-life ministry environments: Target Area Ministries, Ministry Weeks, and Team Leadership Practicum. Each student is required to be involved in a specific area of ministry and empowered to take initiative and leadership in winning, building, training, and sending disciples. Currently, the school has target area ministries in the campus, church, marketplace, and government.
IGSL desires to help build a commitment to intercessory prayer within the family. Every week, the people of IGSL gather together for Dawn Watch Prayer (Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 a.m.) and Night Watch Prayer (Friday night, twice a month) to intercede for different concerns (personal, IGSL-wide, national, and global concerns). In addition, a Worldwide Day of Prayer (WWDOP) is conducted twice a year (first Tuesday of April and October, respectively) participated by students, faculty, and staff to intercede for the world.
DAY WITH THE LORD
A day given to students, staff, and faculty (specifically with their ISGs) once every term, for a time of personal and group reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. In the 3rd trimester, the Day with the Lord becomes a two-day spiritual retreat for all degree students. The retreat is an opportunity for each one to personally commune with God.
Once every school year, usually in February, the entire IGSL community goes off for worship, reflection, fellowship, and fun. For three days, everyone takes a break from the rigors of academics and ministry to develop deeper relationships and foster richer community.
The IGSL community gathers once a year, usually during the first term, to welcome the new students and introduce them to the current students, faculty, and staff. This is a time to get to know each other’s culture and uniqueness. The Family Day, as it is called, breaks down cultural barriers and brings each other closer together through fellowship, sharing, and praying. It depicts what the scriptures say, “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name.” (Psalm 86:9)
Two times each school year, the IGSL family goes out for a week of outreach ministry called Ministry Week. Teams of students, faculty, and staff assist local churches in evangelism and discipleship. This provides an enjoyable opportunity to develop vision, skills, and relationships in the context of fulfilling the Great Commission. Each student is exposed to personal and mass evangelism, participates in training believers, and is challenged to see beyond his own ministry.
During their first summer at IGSL, groups of students go for a three-week ministry experience during which they learn Christ-like team leadership skills including team building, decision making, and conflict resolution. These groups are student-led.
IGSL is a melting pot of different nationalities representing more than 15 countries from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe. Each nationality shares their cultural uniqueness through their own language, cuisine, cultural dances, and a display of their national costumes. This multi-cultural setting provides an opportunity for students to be exposed to different cultures and to learn how Biblical principles are uniquely applied in their own contexts.