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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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2022 Summer Applications

Important Dates for Spring & Summer Students

  1. December 1, 2021 – Application online
  2. January 2022 – Interviews begin
    Offers may be sent out as early as the end of January, 2022. Interviews will continue until positions are filled.
  3. May 9, 2022 – CORE Spring Crew begins (arrival at MBC on May 8, 2022)
  4. June 26, 2022 – Start of Stepping Stones Development Week
  5. July 2, 2022 – 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 2021 or 2022 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 80 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. 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. Each program of Stepping Stones uses each pillar in designing the experience.

Spiritual Formation

“Spiritual Formation is the process through which those who love and trust Jesus Christ effectively take on his character.” – Dallas Willard 

To aid each Stepping Stones student in their spiritual formation, all participants are required to engage with a variety of God and ministry focused material in individual, small group, and large group worship and teaching experiences. Youth follow a program involving spiritual disciplines, prayer/quiet times, worship, Bible study, and reading.

Each program and enrolment level has different degrees of depth of content, areas of emphasis, and level of accountability related to the learning experience. Some levels of enrolment will have a higher degree of instructor-led curriculum while others are more self-directed in nature. As individuals progress through Stepping Stones they will be given the opportunity to learn both theoretically and practically.

Community Life

Our community of Christian fellowship encourages the growth of its members to fulfill their unique role in the body of believers. Students 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. Every student has the ability to learn responsibility, healthy life practices and interpersonal skills in a supportive Christian environment. 

To foster community, Stepping Stones also puts on fun weekly events that help students connect and relax with each other.

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 meals in the Dining Room, greeting guests at the Front Desk, or keeping the rooms and facilities looking clean and beautiful to managing campground registrations. 

The varied service roles that students work in play a key role in their learning experience. 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. The number of hours students work varies by enrolment level, but on average, students can expect to work approximately 35-44 hours per week. 

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 — STAND, Frontline and CORE.

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 2022 Stepping Stones Application Kit for more information and payroll details.

Enrollment Levels

CORE & CORE+ Team (18+ yrs old)

This enrollment level is for those who desire to practice and continue to develop God-directed leadership. Learn, through study and experience, to be a disciple and to make disciples of Christ. This challenging program will test and develop its students in a supportive and encouraging environment.

All CORE and CORE+ staff must be available for the full 17-week term, beginning May 9th for Spring Crew.

Term: 17 weeks (May 9 – September 5, 2022)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2022 Stepping Stones Application Kit.

Frontline+ (completed Grade 12; minimum age 18 by end of 2022)
Frontline (completed Grade 11; minimum age 17 by end of 2022)

This enrollment level puts students on the Frontline of active ministry. Frontliners play crucial roles in a variety of service areas, while balancing learning, Bible studies, fun and preparing to face the trials and opportunities of finishing high school. This experience is a great way to step forward in faith and serve Christ.

Term: 10 weeks (June 26 – September 5, 2022)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2022 Stepping Stones Application Kit.

STAND (completed grade 9 or 10; minimum age 15 by June 26, 2022)

Begin the Stepping Stones adventure of service and training.  The STAND enrollment level seeks to actively prepare youth for Leadership and Frontline roles, both at MBC and in the local church.  Learn and develop skills, character and servant leadership abilities.

Term: 10 weeks (June 26 – September 5, 2022)

Details on pay schedules and expectations are outlined in the 2022 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 2022

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, 2022.

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, 2022.

Arrival & Departure Dates
Spring Crew (CORE & CORE+) – May 8 (arrival at MBC) – September 5, 2022
Summer (Frontline, STAND) – June 26 – September 5, 2022

Summer Student Uniforms
The uniform will be a t-shirt or golf shirt with tan or black pants/shorts. 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 2022 or 2021 (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 one of these places 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