Ellerslie’s Basic Discipleship Training Program is now easier than ever to experience, no matter what your season of life! Spend one powerful week being trained at our beautiful campus in Windsor, Colorado, followed by 90 life-changing days of personalized online training and mentoring!
Over 1700 people have experienced the life-changing impact of Ellerslie Discipleship Training, now you can too! We would count it a privilege to personally train you in Gospel-powered living!
So go for it! Dive in. Have a look through the below sections and we'll do our best to answer all your questions.
· be spiritually mentored by Eric, Leslie and their team
· spend 7 life-changing days at the Ellerslie campus in Colorado!
· plus 90 days of ongoing training at home with weekly personal mentoring online!
· bring your entire family to be trained at the Ellerslie campus for one amazing low price!
In the videos above, you discovered the thrilling secret to personal discipleship and were introduced to the training model of Bravehearted Personal Discipleship.
Bravehearted Personal Discipleship is a 100 day discipleship training program built to maximize your understanding of the Bible and increase your love for and relationship with Jesus Christ. Each day of the training is purposely set up to have you encounter more and more and more of Him.
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Check it out
Pray about it
Pick your 100 days
Invite your family to join you
Pick your payment plan
Kick it off with the 3-day orientation
Make the trip to Windsor, Colorado
Get settled in for the week of your life
Let the truth change you
Build friendships with likeminded Christians from all over the world
Meet your mentor
Learn how to use the app
Travel back home with a newfound spring in your spiritual step
Receive your first online daily lesson
Exercise your soul
Receive and accept an invite to your first group-mentoring meeting
Be challenged with, be equipped through, and be reminded by your mentor
Daily learn, daily exercise
Venture through the seven key discipleship themes
Periodically receive invites for special bonus sessions
Transition from being fed to feeding yourself
Graduate from the 100 days
Hear about the Alumni App
Thank Jesus for all He has done in your life over the previous 100 days
Go and change the world
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Overview — We specialize in stoking the fire of the soul and acquainting Christians with the enormity of our God and His ability to bring about a very real triumph in their everyday living. Our curriculum goes beyond mere “head knowledge” of God’s Word. We equip students to apply the life-changing reality of Scripture directly to their personal lives, struggles, challenges, fears, doubts, and failures. The result is a transformed spiritual walk and a contagious spiritual fire that radically impacts every area of that person’s life.
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The Word of God — We take the Bible seriously. And we want our students to trust the Scriptures implicitly, come under its authority, and learn to properly receive and study the Word of God. It is our hope each student will:
During the training, students will gain an unshakable Biblical framework, develop a deep passion for the changeless Word of God, learn to recognize and resist the error of the post-modern gospel, and gain a strong personal grasp of how to study and apply Scripture to every facet of their lives.
The Gospel — All of Scripture is focused on the Person of Jesus Christ and His salvific action upon the Cross—and we desire our students to not only understand the extraordinary news of the life and work of Jesus Christ, but to also personally walk in the victory and triumph that the Gospel has provided. We believe that freedom from the bondage of sin, and the life-defining attributes of love, joy, and peace are not meant to merely be nice-sounding Scriptural concepts, but rather the daily experience and outflow of the Christian’s life. During the 100 days of training, students will explore the key components of the Gospel; study the pattern for historic, Biblical Christianity; and gain a clear understanding for how to not just esteem Truth, but live it out daily through the enabling power of God.
Christ In Us — The Bible emphasizes that we are not only to be “In Christ” but Christ is to be in us, through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit—which is the “engine” that propels a Christian life forward into God’s endless frontier. His enabling grace and power, via the Holy Spirit transforms a human life from the inside out—refining, purifying, and consecrating every thought, attitude, decision, and action into an expression of His character. Bravehearted Personal Discipleship interjects God’s Truth into the nitty-gritty areas of life—the way we treat others, the way we conduct ourselves, the way we govern our thought-lives, the way we make decisions, the way we handle our sexuality, and the way we spend our free time. We want students to understand how to exchange worldly behavior patterns for God’s glorifying ones, and showcase a heavenly conduct that brings renown to the Name of Christ. And it is His Spirit within us that supernaturally equips us to live a life that would be impossible in our own strength.
Victorious Faith — We want our students to live victorious and triumphant lives in Christ, rather than be harassed by the enemy and continually under the bondage of sin. We train our students in a basic Biblical framework to understand that Scripture reveals we are in the midst of a spiritual battle and can live in the victory Christ provided. He has given us “weapons of warfare” and spiritual armor—all contained in Christ—with which we experience refuge, strength, fortification, victory, triumph, peace, and abundant life as we exercise our faith in Him.
Bold Confession — Our modern age is aggressively becoming anti-Christian and every believer must make a choice of where to stand. Will you grow silent and sign upon the dotted line of the culture? Or will you stand for truth, becoming a part of the praying, confessing Church? Throughout the 100 days of training, students are taught the Good News of Jesus Christ and how to boldly go into all the world in pursuit of lost souls. They will hear the call to be God’s hands and feet to the lost, the weak, the poor, the destitute, and the orphan. Students will learn how to build mighty personal faith and overcome spiritual weakness in order to be truly ready and able to make a godly impact upon the world.
Wrestling Prayer — Prayer can’t be baked down into a step-by-step recipe or cookie-cutter formula. But there are some Biblical principles that, when applied to your personal prayer life, can revolutionize your experience with a God who hears and answers prayer. We believe that prayer is powerful and is essential in the Christian life. As Leonard Ravenhill once said: "If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.” Throughout the discipleship training, students will learn how to find vibrant success in their prayer life, not just through academic training, but through spending time on bended knees.
Tuition includes the week-long training in Colorado and all online training. Plus, a printed Discipleship Curriculum Notebook for on-site training, and downloadable Discipleship Curriculum Notes for online training. Tuition rates vary upon whether you want to stay on-campus in the dorms during the week-long on-site training, or find your own housing during the on-site portion of training.
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Watch the videos above for a quick overview of the campus, instructors, food, dorms, and other exciting moments you can experience during the on-site portion of Bravehearted Personal Discipleship.
Director and President, Bravehearted Christian
Lead Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Eric Ludy has been laboring in front-lines Christian leadership for more than two decades. His current ministry role is multi-faceted. He serves as the President of Ellerslie Mission Society, the senior pastor of the Church at Ellerslie, and the lead instructor in the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship training.
Together with his wife Leslie, Eric is a bestselling author of twenty-six books and is a highly respected voice in Christianity on issues such as prayer, faith, godly masculinity, Christian relationships, and Christ-centered rescue work.
Director, Set Apart Girl Ministries
Adjunct Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for pointing women to Christ. She is the director of Set Apart Girl® and Set Apart Motherhood, which equip women around the world in Christ-centered femininity. Her annual Set Apart conference reaches over 10,000 women each year who either attend in person or via simulcast around the world. Leslie is also the founder and director of Set Apart Girl® Magazine, a bi-montly resource that equips women in Christ-centered femininity.
Director of Communications, Bravehearted Christian
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Nathan Johnson serves as the Director of Communications and is an instructor in the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship training. He has a driving passion for the deeper Christian life and finds great joy in sharing about Jesus and the victorious reality of the Gospel.
Nathan received his Masters of Divinity in 2008 and has been in full-time Christian ministry for over fifteen years. He has spent many years “in the trenches” of inner city work, ministering to the homeless, the elderly, and underprivileged children. Nathan has a passion for Biblical training and discipleship, and has been a guest speaker at many churches, youth retreats, and Christian conferences around the country over the past decade. He has taught college-level classes on various books of the Bible, Biblical concepts and themes, and how to study the Bible. Nathan has a love for missions and has also mentored many young men in the areas of godly masculinity, purity, Biblical truth, victory and freedom over sin, and daily Christian living.
Pastor of Biblical Studies, Church at Ellerslie
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Pastor McConnaughey has taught and discipled Christians for over forty years, and has an extensive background in military training as well. His widely diversified background in both ministry and military roles make him uniquely qualified to train and equip this generation of up-and-coming leaders and missionaries for effective front-lines service on the field.
Pastor McConnaughey has served a wide variety of ministry positions, including five years as a youth pastor, ten years as a church planter and Bible teacher, and a speaker at churches and missions events. He has served with the Navigators, the Truth Project, and completed Prison Fellowship’s Centurion Program in 2007.
Director of Women's Ministry, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Executive Assistant, to the President
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Sandi McConnaughey has served in a wide variety of ministry positions for more than forty years—leading women’s Bible studies, counseling and starting a Bible study in a crisis pregnancy center, doing youth ministry along with her husband Dan, and working in many other mentoring and discipleship positions. Mrs. McConnaughey also spent several years working as a registered nurse, as well as serving in hospital ministry as a counselor.
For the past six years, Mrs. McConnaughey has served as the Director of Women’s Ministry as well as teaches courses on evangelism, provides spiritual leadership to female students, and serves alongside Eric Ludy as his executive assistant.
Mrs. McConnaughey has been happily married to her husband Dan for over forty years. They have five grown children, one adopted daughter from Haiti, and twenty grandchildren.
Program Director and Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Philip Hartman has been a part of our team since 2011. Philip is deeply passionate about prayer, discipleship, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the proclamation of the Gospel. He has a strong call for international missions, has spent considerable time in evangelism, and has poured his life into mentoring and pointing young men toward Jesus Christ. Philip is married to his wonderful wife Emily, serves as the director of Bravehearted Personal Discipleship, and hopes to serve in India as a full-time missionary in the near future.
Instructor, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
Ever since the Lord apprehended Elijah as a teenager, he has committed himself to working in and training for ministry. Right out of high school, he attended a Bible school in Pennsylvania and after several years of hands on ministry, attended Moody Bible Institute where he majored in biblical Studies and elementary education. Some of the various ministries Elijah has led or served in "include": youth ministry, after-school programs, juvenile detention ministry, jail ministry, street evangelism, and active discipleship of young people. He has taught a variety of subjects as an educator for students third grade through senior high school and cares deeply about teaching from a Christian perspective.
Elijah is passionate about the glory and nature of God, and works to see the church of Jesus Christ established in the Word of God. He delights in teaching and preaching God’s Word to this end.
Elijah is happily married to his wife Lauren and they have two children. He considers his family his greatest ministry.
To read an overview of Bravehearted Christian, including its history and team, please visit our About page.
Ellerslie’s Bravehearted Personal Discipleship Programs offer an in-depth, set-apart season to focus on Jesus Christ and become grounded in Gospel-centered living. Both the Basic and the Deluxe Programs are life-changing and comprehensive, similar to a season at a Bible college or missionary training school, but with an epic, Gospel-centered focus! Our online courses with Eric and Leslie Ludy are topic-specific courses that you can take at home (or with a small group) at your own pace. They don’t include the in-depth foundation training of our Basic and Deluxe programs, nor the personal mentoring and training from our staff. They are more like online Bible studies on practical topics such as relationships, marriage, prayer, and practical Christian living. Our online courses are a great option for those who do not have the time or money for our more in-depth training programs. To get a feel for our online courses, take Eric Ludy’s free online course on discipleship now, or visit the list of Leslie’s Ludy’s monthly Set Apart online courses for women.
The quintessential attribute of the students that attend the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship programs is raw spiritual hunger for more of God. Students come because they believe there is more to the Christian faith than what they have personally seen and experienced. And they want more. They dare to ask for more. Though many of our students fall into the collegiate demographic, every semester also has married couples, families, pastors, and elder Christians in a season of transition. We have students of all ages, representing nearly every conservative evangelical denomination from all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as from many other countries around the world.
During this set-apart season of discipleship training, we desire our students to encounter the majesty, loveliness, and worthiness of Jesus Christ, personally behold the efficacy of His amazing Cross-work, be wholly set free from the cyclical patterns of defeat that have encumbered their lives, and powerfully begin a dynamic spiritual growth process that turns them outward from their previous self-centered and fleshly existence, to pour out their strength in bringing life to the weak and dying around them. We want our students to know how to pray, read and study the Bible, share the Gospel, and live a triumphant Christian life with Jesus Christ at the center. Please review the curriculum details of our Basic Program for more information. You are also welcome to contact our staff with any questions, at [email protected]