Why Columbus LT? 

You have the unique and awesome opportunity to spend 8 weeks in close community pursuing Jesus and sharing the gospel with the city of Columbus. All while working a full-time job, volunteering in Columbus, or taking summer classes. The city of Columbus is ripe for the harvest, with thousands of people (many of those near the campus of Ohio State) in need of the gospel. Experience what it’s like to build Christ-centered relationships, be challenged in your pursuit of the Lord, and be on mission with one another in the city through Columbus LT.

 
Summer Dates & Schedule:
 
Program Dates: Wednesday, May 30th – Sunday, July 29th
In addition to your work and school commitments, the LT program is another 15-20 hours per week
Weekly schedule beginning Monday, June 4th:
  • Sundays from morning until 8pm (6/10, 6/17, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29)
  • MondayWednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm for LT-wide dinners and sessions
  • 3-4 times during the program when you will be expected to prepare and serve dinner from 4:30-6pm
Special Events:
  • LT Orientation– Wednesday, May 30th from 7-9pm
  • Kickoff Retreat– Friday, June 1st (early evening) – Sunday, June 3rd (early evening)
  • Men’s & Women’s Retreats: Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 23rd
  • please note that the LT program schedule will continue as normal through the July 4th holiday 

Cost
The cost of Columbus LT is $395 in addition to the application fee.  The program fee covers all your program costs for the summer including gospel-training materials, two weekend retreats, three weekly LT dinners, as well as other costs associated with the training.

May 4 | Program Deposit | $100

June 1 | First Payment | $150

July 13 | Final Payment | $145

Total: $395

Click here to make Columbus LT 2018 Payments

 

Application Process
1) LT Application

Your application fee rate is applied based on the day of payment (not the date your application began).

Click here to pay the COLUMBUS LT 2018 Application Fee!

An application is not complete and will not be reviewed until the online application, reference(s), and the application fee are all received.

Within a week of completing the entire application process, you will hear back from an LT Director about the status of your acceptance to the program.

2) Secure Housing

If you need a place to live in Columbus this summer, it is important to secure housing as early as possible!  Refer to the housing section for how to go about doing this.

3) Secure a job, a volunteer position, or register for classes

If you are participating in Columbus LT, the expectation is that you would spend 30-40 hours each week working, volunteering or taking classes.  It is important to figure these details out as soon as you can.  Refer to the jobs / volunteering / classes section for help.

LT Director
Vivake Baranwal, vivake.baranwal@h2osu.org
Kyle Riesenberg, kyle.riesenberg@h2osu.org

Questions
Contact Abby Lewis (abby.lewis@h2osu.org) with any questions you may have about Columbus LT.

Words from Previous LT Participants

“LT was an amazing experience! I made life-long friends, learned so much about how God works throughout my life, and discovered more about myself than ever before, all within one summer.”  –Jered

“While at LT, God showed me his unfailing faithfulness. God gave me several safe people to love me and point me back to grace as I processed big questions and past grief I was trying to hide and even forget.”  –Jessie

“God used LT to transform my life into one of deeper humility, dependence on Him, and joy. It also spurred me on to become more active in sharing the gospel with others!” –Nate

“LT helped me really understand what it means to lose my life for Him; to find out who I really am and what gifts He has given me; to carry them out as a leader and fulfill my vision. Being surrounded by Christians from all over the country, and even the world, for an entire summer allowed me to build community and grow closer to God.” –Ryan 

“This summer, my foundation with God was strengthened tremendously.  I grew in faith, devotion, and prayer life.  Spending a summer devoted to growing closer to the Lord is an amazing opportunity!” -Olivia

Columbus LT Information 

The cost of Columbus LT is $395.

The application fee will be in addition to your LT fee.  The program fee covers all your program costs for the summer including gospel-training materials, two weekend retreats, three weekly LT dinners, as well as other costs associated with the training.

If you choose not to pay the full amount up front, a payment schedule is available (scroll down for payment schedule). If you have any problems meeting the payment schedule, please contact one of the LT Directors. Together we can look at the possibility of setting up an alternative payment plan to cover the program costs.

Payment Schedule

Due Date | Payment Type | Amount

May 4 | Program Deposit | $100
June 1 | First Payment | $150
July 13 | Final Payment | $145
Total: $395

All LT payments can be paid online, or with a check or money order made out to “H2O Church Columbus” and sent through the mail to:

H2O Church, 1385 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

Make your COLUMBUS LT 2018 PAYMENTS here!

Once LT begins, you can pay at the LT session the day the payment is due.  You are welcome to pay the full amount at any point, if that is an easier option for you.  

Application fees can be paid online or by check or money order.

Pay your COLUMBUS LT 2018 Application Fee here!

Checks or money orders can be made out to “H2O Church Columbus” and sent through the mail to:H2O Church, 1385 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

We can help connect you with sublet opportunities in houses and apartments of other LT participants or H2O church members. You will be responsible for finalizing any sublet plans.  We strongly recommend living with others who are doing LT to maximize the LT experience.

To learn more about sublet opportunities or to get any of your housing questions answered, contact Abby Lewis (abby.lewis@h2osu.org).

The expectation of LT participants is that they would spend 30-40 hours each week working, volunteering, or taking classes. We’ve found that God uses trials, relationships, and responsibilities from jobs and classes to grow us in character and ministry skills.

Jobs / Volunteering

Our hope is that LT participants would be together as much as possible throughout the summer.  In order to make that happen, we would love for LT participants to work closely together throughout the summer.  Ohio State has multiple places where they hire many students for the same job.  We have a list of these jobs, as well as other jobs available to students around campus and in Columbus.

Ohio State Summer Term begins Tuesday, June 6. Classes end Friday, July 28, and final exams are Monday-Wednesday, July 31-Aug 2.

Columbus State is another option for summer classes. Check here for their academic calendar.

If you’re looking for a specific job, internship, or volunteer opportunity, we would love to help!  Contact Abby Lewis (abby.lewis@h2osu.org) for more information.

Classes

Any specific questions you have about classes, contact Abby Lewis (abby.lewis@h2osu.org), who can help you get summer classes figured out.

Is every single event/session required for LT participants?

As a participant in LT, you will be expected to be present at all LT sessions and events unless previously noted in your application. We believe that each aspect of the LT program will help you grow and mature into a disciple of Jesus as you invest deeply in community. Because of this, all LT program events are mandatory.  If a participant needs to miss a part of the structured LT program, the participant must ask out of the specific event by talking to an LT Director.

Can I live somewhere other than on campus (for example, a surrounding suburb of Columbus)?

Yes!  However, we highly encourage LT participants to live on or as close to campus and if possible, with other LT participants.  The recommended campus area boundaries include:

  • South: King Avenue
  • West: Olentangy River Road
  • East: Summit Avenue
  • North: Blake Avenue

Will you find a job for me or do I have to find a job myself?

We will help connect you with job opportunities.  It will be up to you to secure a job.

What are we going to do all day on Sunday?

We will attend H2O Church services together and frequently serve at these services.  The rest of the day will be spent in community pursuing the Lord.  This could include learning how to and participating in evangelism, learning how to study the Bible and getting time to spend alone with God, being a part of a tight-knit community, and having fun together!  The schedule will vary week to week.

I have a friend who is from a different college than mine who wants to participate in LT.  Can he or she participate?

Yes, we would love that!  Have them apply.

Do I need a car at LT?

If you live near campus (in an apartment or a sublet), you will be close enough to be able to walk to all LT events.  A bike could be helpful at times as campus is large.  We will organize carpools for any event that is located off-campus.

Can I go on my family vacation?  Can I go to my friend’s wedding?  Can I miss an LT event for…?

Columbus LT is a comprehensive discipleship and ministry training program designed to encourage the spiritual growth of all LT participants through weekly sessions, retreats, small groups, community living, and fellowship.  LT participants are expected to engage fully with the way God is moving in their lives throughout the summer, both within structured LT events and outside of them.  All LT program events are mandatory.  If a participant needs to miss a part of the structured LT program, the participant must ask out of the specific event by talking to an LT Director.

On your application, there is a section where you can put any scheduling conflicts with the LT weekly schedule or retreat dates.  It is crucial that participants engage in all parts of the LT program, but there are instances when exceptions may be made. Putting a scheduling conflict there, however, does not guarantee that it will be approved if applicant is accepted to the LT program.

I will be in Columbus for part of the summer.  Can I participate in LT while I am in town?

Columbus LT is a comprehensive discipleship and ministry training program designed to encourage the spiritual growth of all LT participants through weekly sessions, retreats, small groups, community living, and fellowship.  Talk to an LT Director with your specific situation and whether or not it would work for you to participate in LT with your limited availability.

I’m not sure I can do LT because I might not be able to pay for it. What do you suggest?

Great question! We realize that finances might be a hindrance in your ability to participate in LT. However, we have resources and tools to help you raise financial support to cover the cost of the program should you be interested. Support raising can be stretching, but it is an awesome opportunity to step out in faith and see the Lord provide. Let us know if you’d like more information about what that entails.

Can the LT meals accommodate my food allergies and needs?

We can work with you regarding the LT meals to either adjust the cost of the program or make sure there are food options that work for you.

I have a bunch of questions, who can I talk to?

Email Abby Lewis (abby.lewis@h2osu.org) with all of your questions.

Why Columbus?
Fun facts about Columbus:

  • 15th largest city in the country
  • Capital of the state of Ohio
  • Columbus is a test market for new restaurants
  • Headquarters of Wendy’s, White Castle, and Bob Evans

Columbus Clippers – minor league baseball

Columbus Crew – major league soccer

Columbus Zoo – #1 zoo in the country!  With a water park right next door (Zoombezi Bay)

Metro parks (Highbanks, Three Creeks, and many more!)

Short North – independent art district with a monthly Gallery Hop

Home of Jeni’s Ice Cream

The Ohio State University

Columbus Park of Roses

Large 4th of July Celebration – Red, White & Boom

Home of the 2014 National Championship Football Team.  Enough said.

German Village

The Arts: Wexner Center, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Theater, Shakespeare in the Park

COSI Science Museum

Ohio State Fair

North Market

Concert venues: Value City Arena (Schottenstein Center), LC Pavilion, Nationwide Arena, Newport Music Center

Olentangy Bike Trail

An hour north of Hocking Hills State Park