Surge Student Policy Manual

 Surge Student Policy



The Mission


Our God is an all-consuming fire, a Forge that is shaping people to have everyday impact for Christ. We challenge and equip people to pursue an intimate relationship with God where they are transformed into Kingdom-building laborers, like strong metal being forged by fire into valuable tools.


For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29 NIV


Forge Speakers travel to various churches and events, and we offer in-depth equipping and coaching programs that prepare youth and adults for ministry wherever God has placed them.


We sum up the ministry of Forge with two simple phrases: Hearts on Fire through intimacy with God and Lives on Purpose by laboring for the Kingdom.


And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35-37 ESV



Forge Equipping Programs


Participating in a Forge Equipping Program is about someone becoming a person who lives a lifestyle of actively listening to and boldly following Christ everyday for the rest of his or her life. We rely on God and seek to equip people to become active Kingdom Laborers.

Characteristics of a Kingdom Laborer


Although every person is uniquely created and designed by God, we believe there are common characteristics that are shared by every active Kingdom Laborer. As you continue to live out biblical values more and more in your life, we believe that your life will reflect Kingdom patterns. You will act in these ways without even thinking. We believe a Kingdom Laborer is characterized by:


1. Humility

Kingdom Laborers follow in the footsteps of Jesus. They daily submit themselves to God, believing and trusting that His Way is the best way. They also love others and think of others more than they think of themselves. Ultimately, humble Kingdom Laborers represent a strong, loving God to a watching world as Christ did on the cross and in His resurrection.


2. Passion

Kingdom Laborers are so consumed by God and His Kingdom that they can’t help but daily express their zeal for and devotion to Him. They focus on Jesus, the author and Perfector of their faith, and will endure anything for Him and His causes. Passionate Kingdom Laborers are contagious. As they live passionately for Christ, others are deeply impacted.


3. Vision

Kingdom Laborers live their lives on purpose for God. They see God’s vision for the world and understand their daily, practical place in His vision. Even in the smallest and most mundane activities, they are motivated because they see that they are God’s plan for reaching a world that is in desperate need of Jesus. Vision-filled Kingdom Laborers walk in sync with God’s purposes and His loving ways, so the world will see Jesus in all they do.


4. Faith

Kingdom Laborers are continually and confidently taking action to obey God more. They trust God and His Word and will act accordingly, even if it doesn’t seem logical to others. They are always pleasing God because their lives and actions prove that He is alive and real (Hebrews 11:6). They are growing and stretching because they continue to move out of their comfort zones and into more and more obedience to God. Faith-filled Kingdom Laborers will change they world because they are available to be used by God.



General Information




The tuition cost for Surge is $2,000.


This tuition cost includes all meals, ground transportation, housing, books, training materials and weekend activities, INCLUDING DEEP CAMP from the moment students arrive in Denver, CO, until their departure from Denver, CO. Please note: This tuition cost does not include transportation to and from Denver, CO or any personal expenses students may encounter during the program (e.g. toiletry items, gifts, etc.). However, should a student raise money above and beyond the required tuition cost, reimbursement can be made to cover the cost of their travel to and from Denver, CO. Travel expense receipts must be submitted to Forge before the start of the program to secure this reimbursement. Forge is unable to reimburse excess support raised beyond a student’s travel expenses to attend the program. Excess funding will be transferred to the Student Scholarship Fund to enable the participation of underfunded students.



Student Finances


For financial gifts to be tax-deductible, the IRS requires that Forge exercise full administrative control over donated funds to ensure that they fulfill exempt purposes and programs. To demonstrate that the ministry has control over the tax-deductible gifts received, Forge cannot refund contributions for students that commit to the program and then withdraw or are expelled from the program. If a student withdraws or is expelled from Surge, Forge will transfer the funds raised into the Surge Scholarship Fund.





Students are required to secure their own personal health insurance coverage for the duration of Surge. If you do not have a personal health insurance plan, please acquire short term health insurance. One option for this is IMG Mission Trip Insurance. Please make sure that your policy includes the USA and that it is for a minimum of $100,000 in health benefits. The dates of the policy should include travel days. 


Release of Liability & Permission Regarding Medical Care


All students will be required to sign a “Release of Liability and Permission Regarding Medical Care” prior to the start of Surge, which will include, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Agreement to waive any and all rights and claims for damages against the trip sponsor and its agents, employees, and representatives for any and all injury, damage, or loss sustained by the participants that may arise directly or indirectly out of Surge.
  • Agreement that, in the event that one, one’s spouse, one’s parent, or another person should make any claim against the trip sponsor for damage, injury, or loss, arising directly or indirectly out of Surge, one will personally indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the trip sponsor and its agents, employees, and representatives against any and all such injury, damage, or loss.
  • Authorization to the Surge sponsor or their representative to obtain any medical treatment that should appear to be necessary during Surge, and the agreement on the part of the student for the payment of expenses relating to such illness or injury outside the coverage of the Surge Insurance Policy.



Crisis Management


Forge has an established organizational Crisis Management Plan that incorporates all the activities related to Surge. Contingency plans are evaluated and put into place prior to each Surge program.



Student Disciplinary Action


The Equipping Leadership Team, under the accountability structure of Forge, reserves the right to remove anyone from the Surge program at any point during the program for violating any of the policies outlined in this handbook.



Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Usage


The usage of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by students is not permitted during the Surge program.



Student Relationships


During your time at Surge, you will make many close friends. While the desire for a Christian spouse is natural and wholesome, it is our policy that dating relationships not be cultivated while you are a part of Surge. Male and female students are never to spend time alone together in a secluded area during the duration of the program. Physical touch between students is to be kept to a minimum. Long embraces, kissing, any kind of massaging, etc. between students are not permitted. Integrity is of utmost importance in this area.



Leaving Policy


One of the great benefits you will experience during Surge is the “break” you have from your everyday routine of life. It is for this reason that we ask students not to plan on leaving for home or elsewhere during their time with us. The only exception to this policy would be a family emergency. This policy includes Colorado residents as well.





One of the most beneficial aspects of Surge is the separation students have for 2 weeks from the all-too-familiar routines of everyday life. This benefit is also noticed in the separation students have from friends and loved ones during this time. For this reason, it is suggested that students not plan to have visitors come to Denver during Surge (except for Graduation or Deep Camp participants).



Student Arrival & Departure Information


Students who are flying must arrive at Denver International Airport before 3PM on the first day. If flights cannot be found for pre-3PM arrival on, please email or call 800-873-8957 to discuss an alternative plan. Departure flights from Denver International Airport MUST be scheduled to depart after 2:30PM on the last day.


Transportation will be provided for students to and from Denver International Airport (DIA), within these dates and times.


Students who are driving must arrive in Denver, CO at the Forge office by 4:45PM on Monday.





The following are some general guidelines regarding accommodations:


·       Because the housing units are not the property of Forge, students are responsible to pay for any damages made during their stay.

·       Forge representatives will be housed in the same housing facility as students at all times and will serve as student chaperones.

·       Coin-operated laundry facilities will be available at certain times during Surge.

·       As the program is only 2 weeks long, we are asking that no mail be sent to the students. We will provide an email address for family and friends to email encouragement, etc., to the students. This information will be provided at a later date.

·       No phone calls will be made or received from the Forge offices except in emergency situations and no phone calls may be charged to a student’s room. The use of cell phones by students is prohibited for the majority of the Surge program. This is to ensure that students are focused on the experiences at hand. Parents and guardians will be able to contact staff members if necessary, but phone contact with students will be limited.

·       Part of the training program will take place on the road in a bus. Phone access while on the road will be limited and will only be used for emergency purposes. Contact information for the road trip part of Surge is: Charlie Marquis (720) 940-6103. More contact information will be given to you as the program draws closer.





Students are responsible to let the Surge Leadership team know about any food allergies no later than 1 month prior to their arrival in Denver for Surge so proper planning can be done.



Student Dress Guidelines


·       Casual dress is appropriate during all scheduled activities during Surge. However, short shorts, short skirts, short shirts (i.e. where any part of the stomach is visible), skinny-strapped tank tops, tight fitting, or any other kind of revealing clothing are not permitted during any stage of the program.

·       During free time students will be expected to maintain a positive witness and demonstrate high moral integrity by their appearance. The same requirements stated above also apply during free time. Swimsuits are to be one piece for ladies and thigh-length shorts/trunks for men.



Ministry Involvement


Part of Surge is opening the students’ minds and hearts to the world around them. Students may be involved with various outreach events (inner-city exposure, sharing their faith, etc.) and church services during Surge. There will be training beforehand and debriefing afterwards to prepare students for these experiences. Forge has no intention of persuading any students’ view on worship style one way or the other.


Team Coaching & Debriefing


Throughout Surge, Staff Coaches are prepared to invest life-on-life with each student for times of personal coaching and debriefing throughout the duration of the program. These times of debriefing and coaching will help students personally grasp fully what they are experiencing through the program, prepare for the next stage of the program, and to equip them to adequately and effectively share about their experience with others.



Parent Contact


There will be times during Surge when student cell phone use will be limited. Student parents who have an urgent need to communicate with their son or daughter can leave a message at this number and a Surge staff member will return their call within 4 hours: 303-745-8191 – choose #3 from menu options for 'training and equipping'




Surge Packing Information


We ask that you pack everything you will need for Surge in one bag that you can carry yourself. Please remember when you are packing that you will need extra room at the end of the program for books, resources, and any souvenirs that you may accumulate. Please bring an additional small backpack for daily use / day-trips throughout Surge.


General Packing Items

·       Clothes that can be mixed and matched, and can get dirty

·       Normal clothes for the length of trip (you will have the opportunity to wash clothes)

·       Swimsuit – one piece

·       Comfortable shoes

·       Cheap shower flip flops

·       Hiking boots or shoes

·       Shoes that dry easily

·       Rain Coat and/or Jacket

·       Warm Winter coat (WE PROMISE YOU WILL NEED THIS, no matter how warm the summer is)!

·       Warm hat/gloves

·       Outdoor pants

·       Extra pair of warm socks

·       Sweatshirt(s)

·       Bring LAYERS—we’ll be in various climates throughout Surge

·       Personal toiletries

·       Shampoo/soap/etc.

·       Extra contacts / Contact Solution

·       Etc.

·       Sunscreen

·       Insect repellant

·       Lip balm

·       Personal First-Aid kit

·       Hand Sanitizer/cleansing wipes

·       Tissues/Kleenex

·       Laundry soap (Detergent pods recommended) and coins for laundry

·       Bible and journal

·       Flashlight/headlamp

·       Battery-operated alarm clock

·       Reusable water bottle

·       Ear plugs

·       These items do NOT need to fit in your bag:

*       Sleeping Bag AND Sleeping Pad

*       (Travel) Pillow

*       Towel (quick drying towel, if possible)


Optional Packing Items

*       Guitar

*       Camera / Video Camera (Must be separate from your phone if you want to use it at specific times on the trip!) *Forge will be taking pictures at various points of Surge

*       Personal spending money (for souvenirs or extra snacks along the way)

*       Cell Phone (only available to use during portions of the trip)

*       Hammock