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Who should attend the HOGC Experience?
The HOGC Experience is designed for Pastors and Ministry Leaders with a heart for youth. If you’re interested but are not sure whether you fit the bill, you can still apply. However, we may require you to provide a pastor’s recommendation and a little bit more information about yourself.
Do I need to belong to a local church to apply?
The HOGC Experience is designed for those who have a platform to apply what they learn. Applicants who don’t have a home church will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Is there an age requirement?
Participants must be 18 years old by the start of the experience to join. For youth leaders who are below 18, we also conduct a HOGC Youth Experience. Contact us to find out more.
What if I am not able to make it for the full duration of Experience?
Each part of the HOGC Experience program builds upon the previous. We recommend participants to stay for the full duration of the program or apply for a future Experience. To ensure the quality of the sessions for everyone, we may not be able to let participants join mid-way through the program.
Are accommodations provided?
Participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. If you need some suggestions, we’ve put together a list of venues that give you relatively easy access to church here.
How big is each Experience?
Each HOGC Experience is usually limited to 50 people. We try to keep the setting intimate so that you have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with our leaders and members.
What language is Experience conducted in?
Experience sessions are held in either English or Mandarin. For Experiences in Mandarin, some sessions may be conducted in English and translated to Mandarin.
Will there be childcare services available?
We do not provide childcare facilities, services or programs. If a child is accompanying you to Singapore, you will need to make arrangements at your place of residence as we will not be able to let them join the program.
Applying for the HOGC Experience
How do I apply for HOGC Experience?
Submit your application here. If your application is successful, you will receive an email confirmation and a link to make payment.
Does submitting an application guarantee me a place?
No, we are unable to, due to several factors we need to consider (eg. limited slots). We suggest that you purchase air tickets or book your accommodations only after receiving the confirmation email from the HOGC Experience team.
Aside from submitting an application form, are there any other requirements?
Our Experience Administrators may get in touch with you if they require additional information to process your application (e.g. pastor’s recommendation).
Once your application is successful, you will receive an email with a payment link for the HOGC Experience Fee, which is S$250 (~US$180). You will also be asked to provide proof of travel insurance before the experience.
When is the latest I can confirm my experience slot?
Applications must be submitted 6 weeks prior to the start of the experience.
Can I cancel or transfer my experience slot?
HOGC Experience slots are non-transferable. Once payment is made, we will not be able to refund the Experience fees.
Once I’ve submitted my application, how long do I have to wait to get a response?
We will usually respond to your application within a week.
What if the Experience dates I’m looking at are not available anymore?
We would advise you to go for the next Experience dates. You can also request to be placed on a waiting list, and we will let you know if any slots open up.