What is Impact Training

The sailing ship "Encounter"

The sailing schooner Encounter

Our mission is to Proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through biblical teaching and practical training, equipping men and women for service worldwide.

Impact training is about adventure, challenge, growth within a community of fellow shipmates, exploration and revelation, finding purpose and destiny.  It’s a holistic approach to life and matters of the Faith.

Our classrooms are, the beautiful sailing ship “ENCOUNTER” a 90ft (27m) traditional gaff rigged schooner. A  purpose built ship constructed in Africa. And ashore at the “Olive Grove – Retreat Centre”. Our base of operations on Skopelos island in the nothwest Aegean Sea.

Our journey aboard the “Encounter” will take us among the islands and coastal areas of Greece where Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles once travelled, visiting some of the most significant archaeological and biblical sights such as Philippi & Corinth, bringing to life the pages of scripture.

Our studies will highlight the writings of Paul, but also studying them in the context of the whole of scripture.  We’ll be looking also at Greece the birthplace of democracy, its philosophers and impact on our western world and mindset, and also at the church throughout history.

We’ll look at steps we can take to avail ourselves to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and seek to understand the purposes of God in us and through us, considering the plans already prepared and how to walk into our God-given destiny.

Teaching will take various forms such as lectures (12 – 16 hours per week), group study and discussion, personal study and reading, as well as through daily life aboard and team initiatives, all facilitating corporate and personal development.

You can read the course outline by clicking here.

Community life is central to this training program through which much is learnt as we rub shoulders living in close quarters.  Looking out for each other, considering others before oneself, sharing, giving, growing in patience understanding and learning to appreciate the unique giftedness in ourselves and others and developing a strong sense of belonging.

Lifestyle aboard is simple, far from computers and internet access radio and TV much of the time.  No hair dryers or other electrical gadgets, extremely limited amounts of fresh water for showering (mostly with sea water), washing clothes by hand.  Discipline aboard is intended to provide safety and harmony among the crew.

You will learn to sail, navigate and acquire experience and the sea miles needed in the pursuit of competent crew or skipper certificates.  All participants are involved in all aspects of crewing the ship which includes sailing her, cleaning and maintenance work as well as domestic duties from doing dishes, laundry, sweeping, mopping and cleaning the heads.

Whilst in the region, you’ll have the opportunity to explore on your own or with fellow students, neighbouring Turkey, Albania or other Balkan countries or travel across Greece and take in its natural beauty in places of grandeur such as the world’s narrowest deepest gorge at Vichos, to the mystical towering monoliths of Meteora upon which are perched monasteries of the 14th-century, hundreds of feet up from the valley floor.  Or travel across to Santorini, Mykonos and other famous Greek islands, taking in Greek culture and history as well as experiencing the hospitality of its people and the taste of Mediterranean foods.

parthenon athens

Parthenon Athens

How to apply?  Go to, the application process.  You’ll find there the steps you need to take.  Applicants should be over 18 years of age by the start of the course. Do note places are limited and you should apply early if you are not to miss out on this extraordinary unique training opportunity. Sometimes due to last minute cancellations, places may become available so do check availability.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will impact you and help transform your life.