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Welcome to Stepping Stones, the Youth Discipleship and Student Staffing Program of Muskoka Bible Centre

Stepping Stones provides life-changing experiences for youth through practical service work, intentional training, leadership development and an encouraging community of believers.

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2023 Summer Applications

Important Dates for Spring & Summer Students

  1. December 1, 2022 – Online Application opens
  2. January-March 2023 – Applicant Interviews
    Offers may be sent out as early as the end of January, 2023. Interviews will continue until positions are filled.
  3. May 5, 2023 – Student Leadership Team Orientation.
  4. May 7, 2023 – CORE Spring Crew arrival.
  5. June 25, 2023 – Frontline arrival.
  6. June 26, 2023 – Staff Development Week begins.
  7. July 1, 2023 – Start of Stepping Stones Summer Work Term

Reminders

  • Applications received prior to March 1st will be given first consideration.
  • Standard Police Checks are required for all Stepping Stones students, age 18 years and older. They must be current and issued within the 2022 or 2023 calendar year.

What is Stepping Stones?

Stepping Stones is a 2-4 month discipleship experience, which aims to bring youth towards maturity in Christ by Renewing their relationship with God, Connecting them to a healthy community, and Equipping them to do God’s work.

In order to accomplish this, Stepping Stones develops its youth in three areas:

  • Spiritual Formation (Bible studies, teaching sessions, spiritual disciplines, etc.)
  • Community Life (fellowship with a healthy community of believers)
  • Work Excellence (summer positions with Muskoka Bible Centre)

Through Stepping Stones, MBC recruits and enrols over 100 youth (15-25 yrs. old) for our spring/summer program. It is our hope to build up a new generation of God-directed leaders and equip all participants to actively serve the Lord in their home communities.

Renew, Connect, Equip

The goal of Stepping Stones is to develop youth into mature disciples of Christ who will serve and lead God’s people while positively impacting the world. We do this by Renewing, Connecting, and Equipping our youth.

Renew

First and foremost, Stepping Stones calls its participants to engage in a vibrant, personal relationship with God through the redeeming work of His Son Jesus Christ and the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that instruction in God’s written Word and the working of the Holy Spirit in the inner person revive and renew the spirit to bring about the fullness of life we were created for. 

(Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:16, 5:11-21; Psalm 19; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Connect

Stepping Stones connects youth with a healthy community of believers, building memories and relationships that serve as a stabilizing foundation for the day to day challenges of life. We believe that unifying our relationships around the common bond of Jesus Christ brings strength and joy to family of God. The sharing of one another’s joys and burdens is testimony of God at work in our lives as we spur each other on to perseverance and good works. 

(Ephesians 4:3, 25-32; Colossians 3:12-17; 2 Corinthians 1:4; Hebrews 10:24-25; Proverbs 11:25)

Equip

Stepping Stones helps youth understand their unique giftedness and subsequent call to serve as part of the body of Christ. Our students are motivated to effectively fulfill their role in their family and local community, better equipped to participate in the good works God has prepared in advance for them, and mobilized to practice love and hospitality to one another.

(Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:9-16)

Pillars

Stepping Stones uses three main pillars to develop each participant into mature disciples of Christ. The three pillars are Spiritual Formation, Community Life and Work Excellence. These provide a balanced and comprehensive approach to bringing youth towards maturity in Christ. Stepping Stones uses each pillar in designing experience elements.

Spiritual Formation

To aid each Stepping Stones student in their spiritual formation, all participants are required to engage in worship and chapel sessions. Spiritual formation is a personal commitment to lifelong growth in our relationship with God. We provide additional opt-in opportunities for developing your faith through various activities, such as mentorship and Bible study. As individuals progress through Stepping Stones they will be given the opportunity to learn both theoretically and practically.

Community Life

A great part of the Christian walk is personal growth through relationships with fellow believers. MBC is a great place to live, learn and serve with other believers. We hope that each and every summer staff will be both encouraged and an encourager; helping, inspiring and pointing each other toward Christ. Staff of varied ages live together in a university style residence system, creating a catalyst for older, experienced staff to teach and care for younger staff. Students will be led in community by a Community Life Team and Stepping Stones Coordinators or if they are a part of the Widjiitiwin program, by their Section Head and Widjiitiwin Program Director.

Work Excellence

In Stepping Stones, discipleship occurs in the context of work. Work is an important expression of our faith, as God has uniquely equipped each believer to serve the body of Christ. Opportunities for service vary greatly, from teaching children and youth, serving in the Widjiitiwin program, serving meals in the Dining Room, greeting guests at the Main Office, or keeping the rooms and facilities looking clean and beautiful to managing Campground registrations. The number of hours staff work varies by enrollment level, but on average, students can expect to work approximately 40 hours per week. Widjiitiwin staff work full-on work weeks, but have increased time off between camp weeks to rest and recover.

It is during these times of practical service that the Stepping Stones participants put into practice many of the things that they have learned, acquire many new skills, and make a lasting impact in the lives of guests and campers.

Summer Programs

The Summer Program of Stepping Stones, MBC’s Youth Discipleship program, involves more than 80 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-25, split into 3 enrollment levels —Frontline, CORE and Student Leadership Team (SLT).

The Spiritual Formation component of the program requires students to attend instructor-lead teaching sessions, group Bible studies, complete personal assignments, and participate in discussion and spiritual disciplines. All sessions/activities are designed to promote a deeper understanding and relationship with God.

In the summer program Stepping Stones students will be able to apply for a wide variety of service opportunities: Food Services, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Kids Ministry, Skills Instructing, Youth Ministry and more. Please refer to the 2023 Stepping Stones Application Kit for more information and payroll details.

Enrollment Levels

Student Leadership Team (SLT) (18+ yrs old)

The Student Leadership Team exists as the pinnacle of the Stepping Stones program. Participants are selected for both their demonstrated and potential leadership abilities. These students provide oversight to a specific department during the summer months at MBC, and are also tasked with leading a number of sessions and activities for the CORE and Frontline students. An SLT member will develop their leadership skills at MBC, enabling them to be effective within ministry and the workplace. SLT students will be in a position of leadership over a team of students, working under the supervision of the Stepping Stones Coordinators or the Widjiitiwin Program Director and a full-time MBC staff. SLT staff must be a minimum 18 years of age by the start of Spring Crew (early May).

Term: 17 weeks (May 5 – September 4, 2023)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2023 Stepping Stones Application Kit.

CORE (18+ yrs old)

CORE students are selected for their developing leadership ability and their desire to deepen their faith during their time at MBC. They learn fundamental leadership skills, mentorship techniques, and team dynamics that will assist them in their development as community leaders. CORE students are typically already enrolled in post-secondary training, and support both the SLT with programming as well as walking alongside Frontline students in the Stepping Stones community.

CORE staff must be a minimum 18 years of age by the start of Spring Crew (early May). CORE team members need to be willing to work in any of the spring crew roles (see page 10 for role details). Each member of the CORE team will be part of the spring-crew experience, and must be available for the full 17-week term.

Term: 17 weeks (May 8 – September 4, 2023)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2023 Stepping Stones Application Kit.

Frontline (minimum age 15 by June 25, 2023)

Frontline students are a key part of the MBC summer experience – they comprise the bulk of our summer staff team, and perform in a variety of departments across our facility. Frontlines can be of any age, but should be willing to commit to a summer of service. In addition to their valuable work experience, Frontlines participate in faith-building activities and fun community-based programming. It is a great way to step forward in faith and serve God. (minimum age 15 by June 25, 2023).

Term: 10 weeks (June 26 – September 4, 2023)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2023 Stepping Stones Application Kit.

Application

Thank you for your interest in Stepping Stones. Below you will find the links and forms you will need to apply to the Stepping Stones program. Please make sure that you have read the application kit for the program you are interested in before applying. The application kit will give you an outline of the application process, including all information that must be sent. Reference forms need to be completed and sent, by the referee, before an application can be fully processed.

Summer Program

Before you Apply, please read the following

Application Process

  1. Add steppingstones@muskokabible.com to your email safe list/approved senders list. You will receive email confirmations and communication from this address.
  2. As part of the application process, we may ask to review your social media accounts.  This could be a determining factor in your eligibility for a position at MBC.  If you are hired, then your social media profiles will be considered a reflection of your employment at MBC. Please keep this in mind when you consider what to post. You will be expected to make your social media profiles available to the Stepping Stones Director (or designate) for the duration of your employment with MBC.
  3. Please read: Application Kit
  4. Please read: Job Descriptions
  5. Please read: Stepping Stones Handbook
  6. Apply online

Things you need to Know for Spring & Summer 2023

Interview Dates & Locations
With the high volume of applications that we receive, we will only be contacting qualified and/or experienced applicants for positions. Applicants selected to receive an interview (both new applicants and returning staff) will be contacted by email on or before February 1, 2023.

Interviews may be conducted in-person, or by Zoom, Facetime or by phone.

All hired applicants will be notified by email on or before April 1, 2023.

Arrival & Departure Dates
Spring Crew (SLT) – May 5 (arrival at MBC) – September 4, 2023
Spring Crew (CORE) – May 7 (arrival at MBC) – September 4, 2023
Summer (Frontline) – June 25 – September 4, 2023

Summer Student Uniforms
The uniform will be a t-shirt or golf shirt with tan or black pants/shorts (as per Handbook). MBC will provide the shirts, students must provide their own tan/black pants/shorts. 2 pairs of pants and shorts are recommended. Department specific footwear will be required -i.e.- CSA Approved Safety Shoes for Maintenance, non-slip closed toed footwear for food service.

Police Checks
All summer students age 18 years and over are required to present a current Criminal Record check from their local police department dated 2023 or 2022 (valid for 2 years from date of issue). MBC subscribes to BACKCHECK, and students over the age of 18 may choose to obtain their police check upon arrival at MBC. Hired staff under 18 years will be asked to sign a Disclosure Statement, in lieu of obtaining a formal Police Record Check.

Accommodations
An integral part of onsite living is the community that is formed while living together in Founders Hall or Treetops (MBC’s student dormitories). All students are required to live in our student accommodations for the summer.

Males and females live on separate floors.

Spiritual Growth & Development
MBC should be a place where you grow in your knowledge and experience of God, and in serving and living with others. It is important to nurture your personal spiritual development. Here are some of the Spiritual growth activities that you will be involved in.

  • Staff Chapel
  • Small Group Bible Study
  • Dorm Devos
  • Mentoring
  • MBC Community Chapel

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Stepping Stones
c/o Muskoka Bible Centre
8 Pioneer Avenue
Huntsville, ON P1H 2J3
Canada

Phone: 705-789-0123
Fax: 705-789-6668

Email:
steppingstones@muskokabible.com