The Reformers Unanimous Schools of Discipleship are a revolutionary faith based residential discipleship program developed from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of thousands of troubled people through Reformers Unanimous local chapter classes. Renowned behavior modification experts Steve Curington, and Dr. Paul Kingsbury have produced a program that uses a unique spiritual approach to develop lifelong stability. If you have tried everything else, and are looking for something that “just works” then this program is for you. Every part of our program is in place to transform a “non-functioning” person into a stable, successful member of society.
Student Intervention Plan
The Student Intervention Plan will be completed during the initial mentoring session between the student and the Dean of Homes. This Student Intervention Plan will be the basis for all discipleship in the life of the student. The plan is a determination of “areas of concern” for the RU Staff, the family, and the resident. For each “area of concern” our Dean of Homes and the student will determine a goal for improvement and plans of intervention if these goals are not being met. These “areas of concern” will include, but not be limited to, behavioral, social, emotional, spiritual, physical and legal concerns. This plan will be followed and tracked during each of the students’ mentoring sessions with the leadership of RU. Biblical counseling is a central component for discovering, and correcting the problems that brought the student to us.
The RU School of Discipleship operates using a four-phase program. Each phase can be completed within 45 days. Almost everyone will finish all four phases within 6 months. Your completion of your phases plus the timing of the next scheduled graduation ceremony will determine your graduation date. Your application should include a graduation schedule for the year. Your graduation will not be dependent on the completion of some self-imposed timetable. Phase progression will be checked during your mentoring sessions with your Dean of Homes. If you are not progressing through all areas of your phase every week, then you cannot remain in the home. The phases will monitor your progress through the RUI Strongholds Study Course and the It’s Personal Daily Journal. It will track your progress through your required reading and the results of your mentoring sessions. The phase chart will also monitor your growth through the Student Intervention Plan from phase one where the student accepts the areas of concern to phase two where the student progresses in at least one area of concern. We expect to see the student succeeding in some areas of concern in phase three, and complete success in most every area of concern before graduation.
To ensure that the student is progressing in their phases every week, the Dean of Homes will keep a running checklist, which will include the curriculum, required reading, and daily journaling. All other areas of the Phase Chart will be checked during the mentoring sessions.
During the student’s time in the RU School of Discipleship, they will have many mentoring sessions with our Dean of Homes. You will be counseled by the Dean of Homes in group formats on weekdays and individually bi-weekly. This strict regimen of mentoring will be strongly enforced, but may vary depending on work scheduling between the student and the program staff.
The daily schedule determines what the student will be doing on a general basis from day to day. It is to provide a standard for performance of duties when no other urgent needs are pressing. It will demand of the student the discipline they need to structure important things into their day, i.e.: sleep, personal time alone with God, good hygiene, personal study, work, service, rest, play and fellowship. It is subject to change at the request of the leadership.
The Quiet Time
The first, and most important part of everyday is spent in prayer and study of God’s word the Bible. Students are taught how to use the “It’s Personal” Daily Journal to develop a dynamic, love relationship with Jesus Christ. The journal shows students how to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, how to pray according to God’s will, how to meditate upon scripture, and to encourage others.
The morning devotions are foundational to our program. If all that a student learns while here is to have a personal relationship with God then that student has gained a tool that will virtually guarantee success. This isn’t “devotions,” it’s real, it’s personal, it’s life changing, it’s a genuine relationship with God.
The evening classes are mixed between discipleship, information, occupation and relaxation. They are preplanned and scheduled with little variance from week to week. A good attitude is expected during all times at all evening functions.
College level classes will be held every Saturday. These classes may include: Theology, financial management, health and nutrition, basic computer skills, auto mechanics, driver’s safety training and childcare. The college classes give students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of God’s word, life skills, and Bible doctrine. The classes also prepare students for greater usefulness to their local church when they return home.
Friday Night Class
Every Friday night students attend the Rockford Reformers Unanimous Addictions Class. Each class is divided into three sessions. The first session involves hearing a Biblical challenge from RU’s founder, Steve Curington. This time is followed by a group prayer meeting and sharing testimonies.
The second session is a time men and women meet separately in smaller groups and discuss the overcoming of problems in their own lives. It is a time of letting each person share what is on his own heart in seeking to live a victorious Christian life. There is a detailed curriculum for each member to follow. In the last session everyone comes together to listen to a challenge from God’s Word. Afterward, there is a time of fellowship and refreshments.
Reformers Unanimous’s goal is to direct the the troubled to God’s intended support group-the local church. As such all students attend all services at North Love Baptist Church.
God designed the local church to be a support group for hurting people, whether they are in need of salvation, recovery, restoration, or growing in the Christian faith. This support group gives these individuals godly advice, encouragement, and challenges to overcome the issues in their lives. We believe that continued Church attendance is a key catalyst to continuing victory.
We believe there is incredible power when people meet together and pray. “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.“
Because of this we have small prayer groups of around 5 where students can lift up one another in prayer. There is great victory when we take our eyes off of ourselves and place them upon the needs of others.
The Work Program
Each student will serve as a volunteer in some fashion from 8-10 hours per day, and partial days on Saturdays. All work is considered donated services. Please understand that if you do not work as unto the Lord, you will not remain in the home. Proverbs 14:23 says, “in all labor there is profit” at Reformers Unanimous we believe work is God’s divine design for every man, and woman. Hard work develops character which is vital to making right decisions once you have finished with the program.
All students in the Discipleship Schools are required to maintain employment in the ministry, or with outside employers depending on particular job skills. These jobs enable students to learn hard work, character, and successfully coping with a real world environment, and remain stable. If you arrive without a strong work ethic, you will receive one while in this program. It may be one of the most important ingredients missing in your life.
At the time the student is discharged from the program, whether at graduation, willingly or unwillingly early, we will complete a discharge summary. This will summarize our leaders concerns for the student at the time of admission, the student’s progress in those areas, the reason for their discharge and the recommendations for aftercare for the student. This will be sent within 24 hours of discharge to the people who were most involved in the student’s life during his time in the program. This may include immediate family, pastors, RU Dean of Homes, spouses, etc. Discharge summaries are confidential documents and will only be sent to the appropriate parties.
After Care Plan
The RU Aftercare Plan is a very important step for the student immediately following his or her graduation from our program. It will communicate what the student and his or her support system (family, church, etc.) must focus on during the fragile first weeks outside of the program. They will determine the following:
• The three most important goals they have worked on while in the program,
• Areas of concern, goals and intervention plans that demand their attention such as:
• And, what aftercare programs and restrictions should be placed on the resident
After Care Plans are confidential documents and will only be sent to the appropriate parties.