Doctrinal Statement

What Galilee Instructors Believe

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, each word having been God-breathed. God gave the Bible to the church, and the church is to serve God in obedience to the Bible. We hold the Bible as the final and supreme authority for our doctrine and lives, and that it is without error in its original writings (1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe in one God, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in attributes, power, and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

We believe that Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin, whose name was Mary. He is the unique Son of God, true God and true man (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-14; 5:22-23).

We believe that God created man in His own image, but through man's willful choice to disobey God, sin came into the world and death through sin. All now are born in sin, spiritually dead, separated from God, corrupt in nature, and guilty before God (Genesis 1:26; 3:1-7; Romans 3:12; 5:12; 6:23).

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins in our place. He is our substitutionary and representative sacrifice. We believe that He rose again from the dead on the third day, never to die again. We believe His work of salvation is finished, that the righteous demands of God are fully satisfied in the work of Christ on the cross, and that there is salvation in no other (Mark 10:45; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24; John 19:30; Hebrews 10:18; John 14:6).

We believe that all who repent and believe the gospel are eternally saved. Salvation is a free gift of God, given apart from any human merit. We believe that God's gracious offer of salvation can only be received freely, and that those who would add human merit to the gospel preach a false gospel (Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:21; 3:10).

We believe that every genuine believer is born again, sealed with the Spirit of God, and eternally secure in Christ. We believe that the evidence of new birth is the fruit of the Spirit and obedience to Christ. Every believer is a member of the body of Christ, the church, and gifted by the Holy Spirit for spiritual service. We believe that the goal of the Holy Spirit in this age is to glorify Christ. We believe that Christ alone is the head of the church and that we are called to serve Him. We believe that the local church is God's primary means for reaching the lost and caring for the saved (John 5:7; 1 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 12:11; John 16:14; Colossians 1:18; Luke 9:23; Matthew 16:18).

We believe in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ for His church, the establishment of His millennial kingdom upon the earth, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-15).

For a fuller statement of our beliefs can be found by downloading the Galilee Doctrinal Statement PDF


Below you will find the code of conduct for the Galilee Program. Please set aside time to review this and keep it in mind as you consider applying for the program. This list is not exhaustive, (there is no replacement for good common sense!) but we hope it captures the mindset we encourage in our interns. 


With fifty or more people residing in a relatively small building, it is important that every consideration be made to contribute to harmonious living conditions. "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). If you make a mess, clean it up. If you find a mess, serve others and clean it up. Volunteer and help when there is a need. Be a giver. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve" (Mark 10:45).


Interns should think of themselves as stewards. A steward is a person to whom something of value has been entrusted. He or she is responsible to care for it and manage it. The Galilee Program interns have been entrusted with an opportunity for spiritual growth and service. If taken seriously, it will be life-changing. Consequently, interns should demonstrate diligence in all things. They should complete homework assignments on time and to the ability that God has given them. Homework assignments will require about fifteen hours' work each week to complete. Interns should be prompt in their attendance. They should be men and women of their word. Scripture states, "It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy" (1 Corinthians 4:2). Interns should apply themselves fully to the training and perform at the level to which God has gifted and called them, giving the Lord their best.


The Galilee Program brings together likeminded Christians. Sometimes romantic interests develop. When this occurs, it is usually best to commit the matter to the Lord in prayer and observe the person from a distance for a time. Interacting in group activities and sharing meals with others at the table is also a good way to get to know a person without making the individual feel uncomfortable or distracting the person from the focus of the program. Please also keep in mind that the Galilee Program is short. Waiting for the training to end before pursuing new romantic interests is recommended.

At the same time, we do not want to be unnecessarily restrictive. It is a matter of personal choice if individuals wish to share private conversations together, spend free time together, or get to know one another on a personal level. All such interaction, however, should be honoring to the Lord and not a distraction to the individual's participation in the Galilee Program.

It is also reasonable that those who are married, engaged to be married, or already involved in a committed relationship with another participant would want to sit together during meals and spend free time together. Again, however, they should not let their personal time together become a detriment to the development of new relationships with other Galileans or become a distraction to their academic work and ministry.

Married couples wishing to participate in the Galilee Program have two options for living arrangements. They may choose to find housing accommodations (airbnb or motel) on their own. (The housing expenses will be in addition to the registration fee to cover food, transportation, and training materials.) Alternately, married couples can live separately for the three weeks of the program at the chapel with the other interns in the male dormitory and a female dormitory. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate children at the program.


Interns must dedicate themselves solely to the training. They are not allowed to participate in other educational programs or to hold jobs during the three-week course. This is necessary so that interns can make full use of the opportunity before them for spiritual training. Minor exceptions to this policy will be made in cases where interns are involved in professions requiring minimal work to maintain their jobs and for students who must go online to register for fall classes or to attend to the administration of their education.


Again, this is a matter of focus. During the three weeks of the training, we ask all to concentrate on building solid relationships with one another, completing homework assignments, and following through on ministry and service responsibilities. To accomplish this, we will all need to significantly restrict input from outside sources, such as social media, the internet, etc.

Some is okay. It is our intention to provide broadband WiFi Internet access throughout the building. Its primary purpose is to assist interns with research related to homework assignments and ministry activities. Given the large number of people who will be using the service, all are asked to keep internet use at a minimum. 

As much as we would love to meet your family and friends, we are unable to accommodate visitors to the program. Please do not invite family and friends to visit you during the training. Special circumstances will be considered. Please do not, however, invite anyone without prior written approval.


Scripture reminds us that though we may plan for tomorrow, we have no control over what tomorrow will bring. "Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.' Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that'" (James 4:13-15). And so, we must trust God for the outcome of the Galilee Program. It begins with the application process. Trust God to lead you whether or not to apply. Trust Him to provide the necessary funds. Trust Him to give you favor with your employer to get the time off. (You might emphasize that this is a leadership development program. Employers are usually more favorable to such training as they know it will make you a better employee.) Trust God to enable you to fit in with the group, to apprehend the information, to develop ministry skills, to give you courage for public speaking, and to use you to His glory. Should things not go as we plan, should we run into trouble or adversity, trust God to work all things together for good (Romans 8:28).


Interns should be aware that at all times that they are representing the Lord before the saints and the community of Lafayette. The Christian culture of this part of the country is among the most conservative in the nation. Interns should respect it at all times. Additionally, people will expect a higher standard from interns than from other young Christians. Consequently, immodest or countercultural hairstyles and clothing should be avoided. In all things, interns should keep Paul's exhortation to Timothy in mind: "Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe." (1 Timothy 4:12).

With this in view, men should be clean shaven. Hair should not be long. Beards and mustaches should be neatly groomed. Beards and mustaches may not be started during the program. Ponytails, earrings, and other body piercing should not be worn by males.

Women should be neatly-dressed and dress modestly. Earrings may be worn. Other visible body piercing is discouraged.

During instructional times, men should wear collared shirts, slacks, or nice jeans, and dress shoes. Polo shirts, golf shirts, and sweaters are acceptable. Cargo pants, camo pants, short pants, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and the like are not allowed. Clothing should not be countercultural or excessively tight or baggy. At the Sunday services of the church, men should wear dress shirts and preferably neckties. Suits and sport coats are optional. Dress shoes, casual loafers, and the like should be worn. Athletic shoes, work boots, and flip flops are not acceptable during this time.

Women should wear modest dresses, skirts, slacks, or nice jeans with blouses or tops with sleeves. Dress shoes, casual loafers, dress sandals, and the like should be worn.

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