Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my child? Is childcare provided?
The Lenses Institute employs a learning environment and schedule suitable for adults only. Please arrange for your children to be cared for while you are away at the Institute.
What does the curriculum consist of? How is the Institute unique?
The Institute utilizes a mixed-media curriculum including group activities, lecture, film, reading, live experience, group discussion, personal reflection, and practical life application. While there are staple curriculum elements that are consistent for all Institutes, each Institute also employs the uniqueness of its location, which includes historical context, live experiences, and partners. The Institute covers all learning styles and is designed to educate our minds, transform our hearts, and equip our hands, ultimately helping us become more effective cross-cultural learners and ministers of the gospel.
Believing that all truth is God's truth, the Institute utilizes Biblical, academic, and artistic resources in its curriculum. All we do at the Institute revolves around the Holy Scriptures, the Christian God-Head, and the gospel of reconciliation.
Who is leading the Institutes?
Each Institute is hosted and facilitated by a number of Athletes in Action and Cru staff who serve with the Lenses Leadership Group. However, the gemstone of each Institute is the involvement of our dear local partners. Our local partners consist of seasoned pastors, leaders, practitioners, and educators, both women and men, from an array of various ethnicities, cultures, and generations. Their expertise, leadership, and service are essential to the success of each Institute.
What should I expect?
You can expect to be cared for, ministered to, and encouraged as a person and minister. You can expect to be encouraged and challenged to embrace an intentional growth process. You can expect to see culture and ethnicity displayed from the Scriptures. You can expect to see things you've likely never seen before, understand things you've likely never understood before, and be equipped and encouraged to act in ways you've likely never acted before. You can expect to experience all of this together in a community that is committed to Christ and the hope of His gospel.
This is hosted by Athletes in Action. Do I need to bring competition gear?
While the "sweat equity" will be real, it will not be physical. No competition gear needed. A pair of good walking shoes is recommended for one day. Business attire is requested for one day. Aside from that, attire for the week is business casual.
Am I allowed to visit a friend/family member/etc. in the locale during the Institute?
Each cohort member is expected to participate in the entirety of the Institute. For your own benefit, and that of your cohort, please plan to be fully present for the five days we are together. There will be no time for other meetings or events during the week.
Where will I be staying during the Institute?
Housing for the cohort varies based on location. Each location has secured adequate, clean, and functional housing for the needs of the cohort. A local host will contact you after you register. If you have any special needs or concerns please contact your local host.
I have dietary needs. What should I do?
There is nothing worse than an upset stomach or an allergic reaction during an intensive training! Your local host will contact each member of the cohort after registration is completed. If you have dietary needs, please contact your local host so that we can best serve you.
What happens after the Institute?
As part of the Institute curriculum, each cohort member, in response to what they learn at the Institute, will design a personalized plan for practical next steps in their growth process. The Institute was never designed to be an end in itself, but rather a means by which we are trained and equipped for a life-long journey of movement towards Oneness in the way we see, understand, and act.