The Leadership Experience (LXP) is a cross-cultural servant leadership program designed to disciple and equip emerging leaders whose motivation is more than the profit, the fame, the position and the power that is often associated with successful leadership.

The Leadership Experience provides hands-on ministry training through a form of ministry apprenticeship. The heart of the program is experiential learning. As such, LXP conducts its discipleship program not only through classroom lectures, study of the Scriptures and prayer, but with an emphasis on community service, outreach ministry exposure, mentorship, and the facilitation of a variety of ministry projects.

Throughout the years of its existence, LXP student volunteers have come from a variety of countries, including: Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Program Layout

Phase 1: Orientation and foundation building [8 weeks]
Our orientation program takes the first three weeks. This is the time where all both student and program expectations get to be clarified and bonding between the students is facilitated before the foundation sessions commences. The next four weeks forms the foundation sessions during which all the students are brought at the same departure point. This is a crucial part of the program.

Phase 2: Ministry exposure and focus [1 week]
During Ministry exposure week students get to be introduced to the different ministries at LXP and at the end of the week they get to choose in which ministry they will serve for the rest of the duration for the program. The ministry programs forms the afternoon programs of the LXP

Phase 3: Ministry journal and internships [26 weeks]
This makes the biggest time slot at LXP. Students get to intern and journal their experiences weekly for the rest of the program duration. This covers about 26 weeks of the time at LXP. Included in this time are special programs such as 6 weeks of student projects, 3 weeks of Beat the Drum projects and 3 weeks of hosting outreach teams

Phase 4: Ministry debrief and closure facilitation [2 weeks]
This is the last two weeks of the program. The students are prepared for re-entry into their countries and home situation.

Lifestyle and Values

LXP seeks and promotes a godly lifestyle for both staff and student volunteers. We embrace four key lifestyle values:

Community Living
LXP embraces community living lifestyle. Student volunteers share bedroom space, living rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Daily tasks and activities are also shared. Personal characteristics of patience, considering others above self, love, and mutual respects are crucial to community living lifestyle. Community living will challenge individualistic lifestyle tendencies but promotes character development. Community living lifestyle as a value is highly encouraged at LXP.

Servanthood
The heart of LXP is Servanthood. Those called to lead are called to serve others making servanthood leadership itself, because the essence of leadership is to serve. Besides serving is the key that opens a door to others’ hearts; those we serve we disciple, those we serve we influence, those we serve we earn the right to speak into their lives, making servanthood a prerequisite to discipling others. At LXP you will live a lifestyle of serving. As you may know “charity begins at home,” you will be expected to serve one another in the house. And continue a life of service to outsiders and at ministry points. You will lead through service and not power or position.

Simplicity
Simplicity is the way of life at the leadership Experience. This is a life of sharing and giving. We share living space, bedroom space and time with each other, seeking the wisdom of God rather than the love of the world. Understanding that God is the provider, we seek to cultivate a life of godliness with contentment. In simplicity we strip off ourselves the needless fears, anxieties and worries of the day. With gladness and singleness of heart we seek to know God just as we are fully known by God.

Multiculturalism
LXP is always in a cross-cultural setting; people of different language, tribe, culture and nation live and serve together in unity before God. This requires self-death and as such, it serves as a discipleship tool because unity in diversity will always have to be earned. We desire to live a life worthy of the calling we have received; to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love; making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Our God is a God of diversity. Our God is One; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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