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"No other experience has been more life changing than iSSACHAR. I experienced personal, professional, and spiritual growth.” - Paloma Gonzalez, Class of 2012
The iSSACHAR Apprenticeship Program prepares followers of Jesus from under-served and minority communities to be influential servant-leaders who leverage their resources for the good of the city’s vulnerable.
"As people of Issachar, we lead with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, bringing hands together to receive the life and community that God gives us."
Scott Lundeen, iSSACHAR Program Director
iMPACT the world: By participating in vocational services, we learn to leverage resources for the good of the city's vulnerable.
iMMERSE ourselves in community: As members of a residential cohort, we prepare to be faithful to God, key relationships, and our unique calling.
iNTERSECT the issues of our time: Educated and aware, we courageously enter difficult conversations with conviction and compassion.
iNTEGRATE faith and identity: Firm in our identity in Christ, we stand equipped to lead others into greater spiritual maturity.
iNVEST in leadership: Earning an academic degree and developing practical skills that expand our influence and increase opportunities to make a difference in our world.
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For the first time, in 2007, more than half of the world’s population lived in cities. We live in an urbanizing world, which brings lots of opportunities - and lots of challenges - as diverse people share a daily urban system. So it is with our own city, Denver, whose rapidly development has brought disorienting change to neighborhoods, schools, jobs, and families. This is our context – iSSACHAR’s learning lab – the space where students explore their calling, develop their voice, and build roots in community.
The iSSACHAR Center for Urban Leadership was founded in 1999 by Mile High Ministries out of the the collaborative work local leaders and pastors. Since then, it has existed to equip student apprentices for urban Christian leadership through a rigorous program of academics, servant-leadership, and discipleship. We are not merely a group of individuals, but a people – a community of urban Christian leaders who connect for personal growth, inspiration, and practical work in the city.