About Galilee

Where does the name "Galilee" come from?

The Galilee Program is named after the location where the Lord Jesus first called young men to be with Him and learn from Him as His disciples: "And walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' And they immediately left the nets, and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And they immediately left the boat and their father, and followed Him" (Matthew 4:18-22).


Southside Bible Chapel, 4256 W Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70506

Southside Bible Chapel meets in what was once a racquetball club. The facility has been reconstructed to serve as a meeting place for the church and a shelter with two dormitories for evacuees from hurricanes. The building has a dining facility that can seat a hundred people and recreational facilities that include two racquetball courts, a half-court basketball gymnasium, two tennis courts, a swimming pool, a small weight room, and men and women's locker rooms.

When you meet the Christians fellowshipping at Southside Bible Chapel, be sure to thank them for their generous hospitality!

An Average Day —

When Christians spend time together in a program like the Galilee Program, teaching and learning is a two-way street: younger Christians learning from older ones; older Christians learning from younger ones. Paul speaks of this type of interaction, writing, "For I long to see you in order that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine" (Romans 1:11-12).


It's wonderful. Our goal as Christians is to become like Christ and to live as He did to the glory of the Father. One of the primary ways by which the Holy Spirit accomplishes this in our lives is through discipleship. He uses those further along in the Christian life to nurture and instruct those who are younger in the faith. Such spiritual growth takes place naturally in a process of life-transference. It occurs during training in programs such as the Galilee Program as we spend time together, not just studying in a classroom, but eating meals together, going out to preach the gospel, dealing with problems that arise, praying together, serving one another, sharing blessings and sorrows, and talking late into the night. As is often said, the Christian life is more often caught than taught. That is why we will be spending a lot of time together, studying the Scriptures and serving the Lord. It is why the Lord Jesus called disciples and spent some three and a half years with them. The Bible teaches, "He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him" (Mark 3:14).

The Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to have a sense of urgency about their work for God. He taught, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work" (John 9:4). With this in mind, we want to pack as many training experiences as possible into the Galilee Program program. Because of this, an average day at the Galilee Program can be a bit hard to predict; and although there is a core set of material being taught, varying events, schedules, and circumstances require slight adjustments from year to year. The following is a brief summary of an average day

Here's how it breaks down …

*Disclaimer: please note this changes from year to year and is constantly being refined.

Want to explore the program more?

It can be really hard to fully grasp what the program is like until you see it with your own eyes. If you feel the Lord leading you to apply to the program, but need a better sense of what it's like, below you will find the Galilee 2022 Recap Slideshow. 

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