At Bow Down Church, we define “Disciple” as an apprentice who has rearranged their life around the person and practices of Jesus Christ and lives in the reality of the Kingdom of God. Project 516 derives its name from Matthew 5:16. This verse is ultimately the end goal for our disciples because as you walk in Christlikeness, you will live for the Father.

Program Description

Project 516 is an intense, ten-month discipleship program that is based on the model of Jesus choosing the twelve and doing life with them. Young adults move into the inner city, where they serve alongside ministry leaders in a number of different ways. They take part in prayer walks, service projects, community outreaches, and many other ministry opportunities. The main thrust of Project 516 is this: we care more about who you are than what you do. This is how Christ made disciples. The disciples will journal through and memorize Matthew 5 - 7, read 11 books focusing on different topics including unity, spiritual warfare, identity in Christ, doctrine, counseling, spiritual disciplines, making disciples, and becoming a shepherd leader. They will receive prayer ministry, have accountability partners, and experience a real, authentic community as they learn how to live like Christ.

Basic Aspects of Project 516

  • Disciples will live and work in the Tamarind Avenue Community, primarily working with at risk, inner-city children.

  • Disciples will have a leader pouring into their lives in a one on one setting that will challenge them to live as Christ through high accountability and encouragement.

  • Disciples will be equipped in God’s Word.

  • Disciples will learn how to live in community with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • Disciples will learn how to effectively minister in various settings.

  • Disciples will put what they believe and have learned into practice by loving and serving people of the community through the ministries of Bow Down Church.

  • Disciples will receive prayer ministry through our Unmasked Ministries department.

  • A more detailed description of the intern responsibilities can be found here.

Three Goals of Project 516

  1. CHRIST-LIKENESS

    • Your discipleship and who you become as a person is more of a priority than what you do during your time at Project 516. (Romans 8:29; Luke 6:40; 1 John 2:5-6; Galatians 4:19)

  2. COMMUNITY

    • Learning to be in community is rearranging from “me” to “we.” It involves putting others above yourself. (John 13:34-35, Philippians 2:1-4; Psalm 23:1-6; Psalm 133:1-3; John 17:21)

  3. CROSS

    • You will serve this community, as you proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through various outreaches, Bible studies, mentoring, and service projects. (Matthew 16:24; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

Interested in applying for Project 516? Here is a letter for you about the 516 vision, a FAQ page, and an application.

For more information, please email 516@bowdownchurch.com.