The Story

The Story

Everyone loves a good story. Especially God! After all, He wrote, made possible, and told the ultimate story of love and redemption. Here at Light Bearers and ARISE, we’re passionate about this story. Our 13-week The Story program is all about discipleship in the context of the biblical narrative. With intense in-class instruction augmented by genuine “in the community” ministry, the program provides the perfect cornerstone for building a Christ-centered, life-long personal ministry. Our goal is to share The Story with you, so you can share it with others, who can share it with others…

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Program Curriculum

Who is God?
Other gods
Genesis 1 & 2
Origin of Evil
Great Controversy
Fall of Man
Old/New Covenant
The Gospels
Acts/Holy Spirit
Church History
Spirit of Prophecy
Second Coming

. . . plus many other classes covering practical Christianity and witnessing.


Jasper, Oregon

August 22 – November 18, 2017

Students will be housed in the ARISE dorms.

$4,500 – Cost includes tuition, accommodations and meals. Students are responsible for books and a fuel fee for outreach. (Fuel fee applicable only for students not bringing a vehicle.)

David Asscherick
James Rafferty
Ty Gibson

All classes will be held on the ARISE campus in Jasper, Oregon.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday. Students are responsible for supper Monday through Thursday and all meals Friday through Sunday.

Complete Details

The above information covers the general information for the program. For full details, including curriculum, instructors, schedule, finances, application instructions, please click on the following link.

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Application deadline is August 17, 2017. Applications received after deadline are subject to space availability.

Step 1: Download the The Story Handbook for full details. Read through it carefully before applying.

Step 2: Fill out the online application.

If you have any questions, feel free to call 541.988.3333 or email us.

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Note: we are no longer accepting applications for 2016. The 2017 ARISE application will be available February 1, 2017.



If you were asked to give a reference for a prospective student, please use this form.


Please refer to the following before contacting us, as your question may be answered below.

Can I get college credit for going through the ARISE program?
How long does it take to find out if I am accepted?
How does ARISE compare to other evangelism schools?
What is the typical age of the people in the program?
What is the size of the class?
Does ARISE hire graduates or place them in ministry positions?
What am I equipped to do after the program?
As an international student, does ARISE help me get a visa?
Can I work while at ARISE?
Does ARISE have work that I can do to put towards my tuition?

Can I get college credit for going through the ARISE program?

ARISE is not an accredited school. Therefore, we cannot guarantee college/university credit for the completion of our programs. ARISE is able to issue a transcript, however, it is at the discretion of each receiving school whether or not the credits will be accepted. Currently, Andrews University is the only school that has partnered with ARISE to accept the completion of The Story program as transferable credits. You will have to contact Andrews University to find out how many credits will transfer. (back to FAQ)

How long does it take to find out if I am accepted?

Once we receive your completed online application, application fee, and three references, we will typically review your application and email you a final decision within one to two weeks. The longest wait is typically your reference forms, so be sure to ask your references to submit the online reference form as soon as possible. (back to FAQ)

How does ARISE compare to other evangelism schools?

Because we have not done comparative research on any other program, the best way to see the difference between our program and any other is to compare the information (curriculum, instructors, philosophy, format, etc.) of each school. All of our information is available on our website. One thing to note is that our goal is not to train Bible workers, pastors, or evangelists, but rather disciple individuals as followers of Christ and to strengthen their relationship with Him. Most of our students do not come with the purpose of going into full-time ministry. Though some feel called to full-time ministry after the program, most graduates go back to their school, church, community as lay members with a passion to spread the gospel. (back to FAQ)

What is the typical age of the people in the program?

We only accept students that are at least 18 years old by the time the program begins but have no age limit. The majority of our students are typically between 18-30, but we also get some in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. (back to FAQ)

What is the size of the class?

We typically get between 40 and 50 students. (back to FAQ)

Does ARISE hire graduates or place them in ministry positions?

We do not hire graduates and cannot guarantee full or part-time ministry positions elsewhere after the completion of the program. However, if we receive calls from churches, conferences, or ministries with job opportunities, we send them recommendations of graduates that we think could be a good fit on a case-by-case basis. (back to FAQ)

What am I equipped to do after the program?

ARISE is a discipleship program that aims to teach you the loving character of God through the narrative of the Bible and give instruction on being an effective witness for Christ. Lord willing, this will result in our students going back to their work, school, and church as on-fire disciples for Jesus. Some graduates feel called by God to go into full-time ministry, and our program can help build a foundation for that. However, ARISE isn’t specifically designed to train full-time ministers, but rather to equip lay people. (back to FAQ)

As an international student, does ARISE help me get a visa?

No, we are not involved in the visa process. For every international applicant that is accepted, we send an invitation letter that you can use when applying for your tourist visa. Since ARISE is not an accredited school, attendees of the The Story Program are not technically “students” and thus are not eligible to receive a student visa such as an I-20. International attendees typically apply for a visitors or tourist visa, such as a B-1 or B-2. You will need to contact your country’s immigration office for details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. (back to FAQ)

Can I keep my current job while going through the program?

Due to the very intense schedule and the need for you to be focused throughout the program, you are not allowed to be employed or work while at ARISE. (back to FAQ)

Does ARISE have work that I can do to put towards my tuition?

ARISE does not have any work positions available before, during, or after the program for students. Furthermore, our policy states that the full tuition amount must be paid no later than 30 days from the start of the program. (back to FAQ)