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Learning about the Lord in the setting of the rocky mountains of Colorado has been one of the best experiences of my life. For my first branch of post-secondary education to be Ravencrest, it was the perfect place for me to be grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ and will help me build my relationship with Him for a lifetime. The simple and yet most outstanding truth Christ has taught me this year is that "Christ lives in me." Now I want to share His love that He shared with me.
Gracia Alger, USA (2012-2013)
I came out of Ravencrest with an abundance of knowledge of the Bible, and practical application to apply to my life back home. I've met other brothers and sisters in Christ that I'll have for a lifetime and always share this unique experience with. The staff reach out to you and show you they care about the most important thing in your life, which is your relationship with Christ.
Joel Zimmerman, USA (2012-2013)
My year at Ravencrest has been awesome, being in the Rockies and surrounded by great people has been such a blessing. I came unto the year thinking it was just going to be just a bunch of head knowledge and bible facts, which is what I wanted and i got that and learned a lot through that. but I got more than I bargained for I also learned about myself, who I am in Christ and his love for me and you, my strengths and weaknesses and grow in my relationship with my heavenly father. the staff here are great and more than just staff they pour into your life and help you with your questions and struggles. this year has also been a lot of fun from playing basketball to rock climbing to just hangin' out talking and laghing. I'm so glad I came here, everything I learned has been invaluable and can't wait to be able to take it home and apply it and teach it, but keep learning myself because I realized a year at school doesn't mean i know it all but they give you tools to keep learning when you go home.
My year at Ravencrest was the best year of my life. I had never heard of Ravencrest until three weeks before school started. It was obviously God who brought it together and made it possible for me to attend. I had no idea what I was getting into but I knew God was a part of it…so I went for it. I figured it would be a good way to spend a year but that there probably wouldn’t be any students or staff that I could really connect with.
I don’t know why I thought that, but I was never so wrong. It only took a matter of days to realize the potential a year at Ravencrest had to offer. I grew in my walk with Christ like I never had before. Everything about Ravencrest makes it a positive experience, a place to truly find who YOU are in Christ. Being able to build relationships with the staff, living in such a tight-knit community, the many many classes spent studying the Bible.
You can’t help but develop a love for your classmates doing all that you do together, a love for the staff that is so actively pouring into your life and ultimately a love for Christ. Its an experience that can really only be had in a setting like Ravencrest. Through out the year I made friendships that will last forever, built on the common love that brought us all to Ravencrest in the first place…Christ.. I speak for myself and I know my fellow classmates when I say that I highly recommend Ravencrest to anyone. It’s a choice that will positively influence the rest of your life. I went to Ravencrest, and I will never be the same.
I went into my experience at Ravencrest with expectations of my growth, my change, my life being set the way I saw it going. It was the place for answers about what I thought God desired for me to do. My thinking was that I had most of the “Big Picture” figured out and was waiting on God to catch up.
I did change, and I did grow, but I realized how much I went with the heart of what I was going to get out of my time rather than how God was going to teach me about loving others. I was privileged to see how God used others in my life. Students, teachers, and staff impacted my life daily, inside and outside of class.
I saw how much God required dependence and obedience in my life. I realized how capturing every thought for Christ literally means thinking with the mind of Christ in a beautiful joining of the Holy Spirit in us. I saw the practical side of Christianity outside the worship songs and “mountain top Highs” (Ironic as that is) I saw outside of emotion what truly loving Christ is even when you don’t feel it. I saw how far I fell short in relationships, in my thought life, and my living with a purpose.
Ravencrest was a place of serving and being served, a place where I learned how Bible knowledge and Bible history meets relationship with a loving God. I wouldn’t trade my year full of learning, laughing, valuable life-long friendships. Not forgetting the breathtaking location of the school, in the mountains in Estes Park!
In short, my year at Ravencrest was the most amazing God inspired year. I could not think of better way to spend just one short year of my life!
If I expressed my Ravencrest life in one word, I would say, “Refocusing”. Before I came to Ravencrest, I focused on my job, my success and my dream; my work was almost my life. But I was led to Ravencrest and quit my job. At that time, I felt like I lost my security and identity. But while at Ravencrest I found I was able to refocus on God and His purpose.
What is the purpose of our life? I would have said before, ‘It is success, making money or enjoying life." But now I think it is to glorify God who created this world, to enjoy relationship with Him who loves us and also to love each other. It's very simple, but I think this is what we should focus on.
My friend said “We have classes morning and evening, we focus on the Bible all day, fellowship with Christian friends, eat good meals, and are surrounded by beautiful nature... It’s like Heaven!” I agree with him. We listen to His word everyday with friends living together.
The Bible said; For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
In the circumstances, my mind and heart were gradually changed and refocused on God and what I should be as a Christian. Now I don’t know what will be my next step, but I just want to follow Christ.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, (Hebrews 12:2)
When Major Ian Thomas first started Torchbearer Ministry his message was Colossians 1:27 which reads “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” During my time here at Ravencrest I have seen this become a reality in my life. My first year at Ravencrest challenged me daily to experience the real living God, the God who desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with me. I came to the school thinking that I already knew everything.
That year the staff picked a theme and it was the theme of Grace. This was what I was living without. At the end of my first year I found myself really living a life full of Grace. Now I have attended the second year program which was a leadership development course. Nothing has ever challenged me as much as this course. I have learned that to be a true leader you must have the same mind as Christ. The mind of Christ is to be a servant of all.
The challenges of these two years have pushed me to pursue a life worth living a life of abiding in Jesus. These two years have formed in me a strong foundation that I know is the rock of Christ. Not only am I more spiritually mature but I also have gained so much knowledge of the Bible itself. Here you have no choice being that you spend five hours each day in classes as well as being challenged by other students to be in the word individually.
I have seen that this time is priceless and I know that I will value my time spent here as I go on to live my life where He will lead me.
Flavia Lazzari, Brazil (2006-2007)
I was in my third year of Law School when God opened the doors for me to go to Ravencrest. A prayer echoed in my heart as I was leaving Brazil and traveling to the US: “God, I don’t want to go to Bible School to fill my head with more dry theological knowledge, I want life transforming revelation of Jesus”. That year at Ravencrest became my sabbatical year as He answered that prayer.
During the time I spent at our cute little “Bible Mountain” the theology I’ve learned was made alive by focus kept on Jesus, the beginner and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Staff, roommates, new friends, prayer and family groups, workday…all was used by God to change me and teach me how real and practical our faith in Jesus is: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples” Jesus said, “if you love one another” (John 13:35).
One thing I can definitely say: if God has put in your heart to go, just trust Him and go.
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