Each summer, The Navigators® Collegiate Ministries provide multiple intensive summer growth initiatives called Summer Transformation Programs (STPs) in different regions of the country. Students live, work, have fun, and learn alongside other college students for eight weeks.Each student works a full time job (or internship) during the day and participates in Bible studies, evangelistic outreaches, discipleship groups, ministry training, fellowship, and other activities during the week. These opportunities for fellowship, mentoring, guided experiences, and time in the Word create an ideal environment for students to grow in their relationship with Christ as well as develop ministry and leadership skills. Summer Training Programs are operated and overseen by experienced full-time Navigator Staff.
STP’s are sponsored by The Navigators® and designed to help you focus on learning to live out God’s call to love your neighbor both in the workplace and in the community.
Join other Northeast Navigator students and staff from our region for a great summer. The Navigators® Summer Training Programs are proven to be “greenhouses” for spiritual and relational growth. At STP, we will dig deeply into the mysteries of who God is, who God says we are, how we can relate well with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, how we can serve others, God’s heart for the lost and His heart for all nations. Students will engage in the community relationally, by going to a local church weekly, and professionally, by working a full-time job. We will trust God to teach and develop us all as we learn to better love, and authentically share our faith, in the work world.
Our goal is developing and equipping participants to be life-long laborers for Jesus Christ. Laborers who seek to respond to God’s call to love others deeply and point them towards Jesus, using the gifts He has given them no matter what community or life circumstances they may find themselves in. Our hope is that students will return back to their campuses and workplaces equipped with skills to know Christ deeper and make Him known in the very places they live.
Imagine spending a whole summer with other college students who want to grow in their relationships with God. You’ll live, work, and have fun together all summer long and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Between large group functions and your days off, you will have a blast! You won’t believe not only how much you’re learning and growing, but how much fun you’re having at the same time.
The program costs $3,400. This covers housing and all meals except for Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch. It includes unparalleled training in Christ-likeness, evangelism and Bible study and all materials you’ll need plus weekly group bonding activities and events.
You will be able to raise support through the financial gifts of family, friends, and local churches. Nearly everyone who does this receives the full amount. Because STP is like a mission trip and Bible training school wrapped into one summer experience, those who give financially consider it an opportunity to invest in your spiritual heritage. Fundraising training is provided upon acceptance into our program.
This summer you have the opportunity to raise financial support from your family, friends and churches to pay for your Training Program fee. After applying to the program and being accepted, each student will receive a “Welcome Packet” which includes the information needed to raise support for the summer. We will provide you with sample letters, donor cards, and everything necessary to help you raise support. We view support-raising as an opportunity to ask family and friends to join with us in advancing God’s kingdom. You are not required to raise support to attend the program and can choose to pay the tuition though we don’t recommend it. Having a team of financial supporters also nets you a team of prayer partners who are committed to bringing you before God on a regular basis. Plus, if your tuition is paid for by financial partners you can take home whatever money you receive from your paychecks.
There is nothing to be ashamed of as you engage in this biblical principle of inviting others to contribute to your summer’s training and ministry. You may not have another opportunity to spend eight weeks in a spiritual growth setting like this again in your life. Many people will be delighted to support you! And even if they can’t financially, they won’t be offended that you asked! The apostle Paul often asked people for contributions of different types, including assistance to send him on his way for ministry and service.
There is an option to pay the program cost outright instead of fundraising for it. Please email the director if you want to explore this or have any other finance related questions at NESTP@navigators.org
Thank you for taking time to find out more about The Navigators® and NESTP. We hope this site provides ample details about the experience and gives comfort as it you shows you who we are as an organization. Our staff considers it a privilege to spend time with your student and we treasure each one as an individual. In addition to the content available on the website, we have addressed a few parent-specific questions here:
What is Unique about a summer transformation Program?
A university student typically has three summers to choose how they spend their time, make (or spend) their money, and grow as an individual. Many trips, internships, and adventures are out there, but we believe a Summer Transformation Program is unique offering in that it provides your child:
- The opportunity to move to another city and work a full-time job and craft leadership and relational skills that can apply to any occupation
- An environment led by staff and energized by other college students that will challenge him or her to grow in all areas of life and character
- Time to develop Biblical convictions that will affect his or her relationship with God and others for the rest of their lives through training in Bible study and evangelism
- The invaluable experience of meeting and working with people from all over the world
Team Members will work full time, 40 hours a week, working 9-5 jobs Monday through Friday. The students are in charge of finding their own employment but they will be aided by Navigator staff job coordinators. All students attending the Program are encouraged to actively seek out potential employers in the Hartford/Springfield area. The Program Job Coordinator is available to assist in this process and will verify that all jobs fall within the Program parameters. All jobs should be approved by the job coordinator prior to accepting the position. The staff are working to find internships and jobs in the area, but please be proactive in asking for help with your specific major internship if you would like.
Program parameters include having a reasonable commute, working Monday through Friday, off by 5 pm, no weekends, and also communicating to the employer your start and end dates. These are fairly strict because of the other program pieces we will be engaging in.