Imagine nine months steeped in prayer, community, and mission. Most young adults go off to university uncertain about the future and graduate five or six years later having forgotten their faith and depleted their bank account. With Love Good, you can lay a foundation and launching point for the rest of your life.
Our apprenticeship program enables young adults to become the hands and feet of our movement, transforming culture with the beauty of their lives and through the hearts of the young people they accompany. Through ongoing personal, spiritual, apostolic, and professional development, our apprentices learn what we call the art of being human and allow God to make a masterpiece of their lives.
Applications for the 2018-2019 apprenticeship year have officially closed. Late applicants will be considered for our waiting list and prioritized in order of their submission.
The brave pursuit of personal development and cultivation of virtue are focal points for our apprentices. By living in community, learning how to be intentional during times of leisure, and participating in ongoing formation, our apprentices are committed to growing together as individuals and as a community. This common pursuit of excellence with built-in accountability stretches their hearts and builds lifelong relationships.
A rich and steady spiritual life is an indispensable pillar in the life of any aspiring saint. We challenge our apprentices to delve deeply into a rhythm of prayer so they can be truly known and loved in Christ, who is the fulfillment of all their desires. Their prayer life enlivens their heroic love for each other and the young people they accompany. Each day, they pray the Liturgy of the Hours, attend Mass and Holy Hour, and devote time to personal prayer.
The Church must accompany the world in pursuit of truth, beauty, and holiness. Through our partnerships with local and national ministries, Love Good provides daily opportunities for our apprentices to participate in this call to evangelization and discipleship. With a particular emphasis on young people, our apprentices become experts in the art of accompaniment as they humbly and intentionally join young people on their journey with Christ to the Father.
Everyone has unique and unrepeatable gifts to develop. Based on their interests, our apprentices help with Love Good operations each morning and dive deeply into individual tracks (academic, vocational, or entrepreneurial) each afternoon. Whether enrolled online as a student or paired with a local mentor in a field of interest, each apprentice sets goals and gives presentations throughout the year to propel them towards a potential vocation or career.
DECEMBER 1, 2017: APPLICATION DUE
JANUARY 2018: OFFERS SENT OUT
MARCH 2018: CROWDFUNDING PLATFORMS READY TO LAUNCH
MAY 1, 2018: FINAL COMMITMENT DEADLINE
AUGUST 13, 2018 – May 17, 2019: PROGRAM YEAR
NOTE: If you are planning on crowdfunding for your apprenticeship year, we recommend committing early. The sooner you commit, the sooner we can help provide necessary tools for financially supporting your time in Nashville.
Apprentices must be between the ages of 18 and 25. They must be available for the entire nine-month period (Aug. 13, 2018 – May 17, 2019) and commit to living and serving in Nashville during that time.
STEP 1: Fill out an application online. All applications are due December 1st, 2017.
STEP 2: You will hear from Love Good to set up a video interview in December.
STEP 3: Apprenticeship offers will be sent throughout the month of January.
$200/month covers Love Good program costs with an additional $1000/month estimated for living expenses (rent, utilities, and groceries). Apprentices are responsible for tuition, healthcare, car insurance, day-to-day gas money, and anything else related to their personal needs.
Similar to Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and other crowdfunding sites, we provide a platform for apprentices to raise money and rally ongoing support from family and friends. Apprentices taking part-time classes are highly encouraged to seek outside scholarships that can cover additional costs like tuition and books.
Mornings are dedicated primarily to prayer and formation alongside the running of daily Love Good operations. Lunch is most often set aside for ongoing accompaniment with young people in local schools. Afternoons are dedicated to individual tracks (academic, vocational, or entrepreneurial) and require self-motivation and discipline more than any other time of the day. Evenings are filled with opportunities for evangelization and discipleship, intentional leisure, and community-building through potlucks, house concerts, and family dinners.
Our apprentices live near each other in men’s and women’s homes around Nashville, TN. There are between five and six people in each home, and most apprentices will share a bedroom. Each home has a House Director (a college graduate with extensive ministry experience) that manages finances and groceries while also overseeing the daily rhythm of prayer, community, and house maintenance.
It is possible to enroll in classes online as a part-time student, and afternoons are dedicated to studies if an apprentice chooses the academic track. It is not possible to be a full-time or a traditional college student during the apprenticeship year.
Several evenings a week, our apprentices volunteer in local youth ministry (i.e. Life Teen and Fraternus) to strengthen and sustain the efforts of existing youth ministers, core teams, and mentors across the city. Out of that local commitment comes their leadership of discipleship groups for young people looking to go deeper in their pursuit of virtue and prayer. The apprentices also visit schools throughout the week to build relationships with students and maintain a consistent presence in their lives.
Yes! We firmly believe in the importance of intentional leisure and time to rest. There will be opportunities (especially on weekends) to explore Nashville, spend time with others, and pursue personal hobbies and interests.
Yes, our apprentices are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 17-24, 2018) and three weeks for Christmas (Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019). If costs or other factors prohibit you from going home to spend time with family, you can stay in Nashville or spend the holidays with other apprentices and their families.
First-year apprentices are diving into an intense year full of new adventures and challenges. You will be dedicating a lot of time to each other as a community and to those you accompany in apostolic activities. We ask that our apprentices refrain from dating while serving in their first year so you are able to be fully present to those around you.
If you are already in a relationship prior to arriving in Nashville, we will not ask that you break it off before coming. We simply ask that the apprenticeship program be your primary focus.
Though not required, we strongly encourage our apprentices to have a vehicle in Nashville. It helps with transportation to and from parishes, schools, and partner sites every day while also allowing the freedom to explore Nashville during free time.
Absolutely! Love Good is a global movement. However, we are aware of the hurdles that comes with international visas and travel arrangements, and we are prepared to work through the process with you.