Operation Barnabas is
a high school summer ministry training program equipping students to live on mission by: through evangelism training, character development, and servant-leadership.
…in a biblical framework about why we believe what we believe so that we can positively impact a changing culture
…positive character qualities of a Christian leader
…participants to learn through practical experiences, using that example to impact churches and communities.
Dates and Locations to be announced in January 2021!
Who Should Be on Operation Barnabas…
…Has a personal relationship with Jesus and wants to learn more about walking with Him!
…Is involved in their local church youth ministry
…Completes the application, references, and has approval from his church and parents/guardians
What are the benefits of OB?
– Strong biblical teaching and discipleship
– Ministry skill development
– Emphasis on ministry and being equipped for practical application of training back home
– Strong adult leaders, trained and experienced in youth ministry
– The excellence and tradition of 47 years of OB training
What will Students Get Out of OB?
A typical weekday on Operation Barnabas will include afternoons and evenings being used for ministry opportunities in communities and with churches. Mornings will be a training time for OB students, which include teaching from the Word, memorization of scripture, discipleship groups, learning ministry tools, and strong emphasis on character development.
KNOW: key scripture verses and understand who I am in Christ!
BE: a person who…
– has a heart for God
– is a servant
– submits to and respects authority
– trusts God & does not let fear stop them
– is a friend to all rather than being cliquish
– has a heart for the lost
– is an encourager
– is grateful
– is merciful
– is kind in word and deed
– is responsible (trustworthy)
– is bold
– is punctual
– is a diligent worker
– forgives others
– controls their tongue
– stretches out of their comfort zone
– has a positive attitude
– recognizes and is involved in healthy relationships
– is content
– has peace of heart
– is positive in difficult, physical situations
DO: hands on practical training not normally available in a local church setting including…
– speak in front of a group of people
– share his faith with any aged person
– initiate (with people and actions)
– make others feel welcome
– pray aloud in front of others
– have a quiet time
– memorize Scripture
– lead others in word and actions
– lovingly confront (Matthew 18)
– identify their spiritual giftedness
– worship the Lord
– make correct priorities & use discernment
– give generously (stewardship)
– disciple someone younger
– be held accountable and hold someone else accountable
– consider full time vocational ministry
Preparing the Student for Life and Ministry after the OB Tour
– Guided reflections before going home
– Exit interview with OB leadership team
– Student self-evaluation
– OB leader follow up
– How to maintain a commitment to Jesus
– Contact with parents and youth leader
– Group debriefing sessions: Things to do upon returning home, pitfalls
– OB faithfulness program participation
What Does OB Cost?
Keeping costs low is very important to us and there are many opportunities and ideas given to assist students in knowing how to raise support. For current information on support costs, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)