The Ark at Calvary Rules and Eligibility Criteria
Psalm 119:9-11 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You: Oh, let me not wander from Your Commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Ephesians 4:22-24 That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
While The Ark is a great opportunity for many men, it is definitely not for everybody. In order to help provide every candidate with the best help they can receive, the ministry seeks to accept men that are seeking to escape their addiction through a relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to be considered as a candidate for the ministry, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
• Have a desire and willingness to follow Jesus Christ and to be challenged and discipled both spiritually and practically in your walk with Christ.
• Be physically able to participate in physical activity including but not limited to daily chores and practical Christian ministry opportunities.
• Must not be on any prescription medication that is addictive or potentially abusive, including suboxone and methadone (as determined by the director.) The Ark does not allow any psychotropic medications in the program. Any person requesting entry into the program and currently taking psychotropic medication must have a step-down schedule prescribed by their doctor to be submitted with this application
• Must not have been charged with (past or pending) any sex crime.
• A $3,500.00 donation will be turned in prior to your program entry. A money order, cashier’s check or credit card through our PayPal account is required. No personal checks will be accepted. This donation is non- refundable. If the resident leaves the program for any reason, there will be no refund of any part of this donation. In situations of hardship, a financial contract may be negotiated with program administrator. This is a non-smoking program. No tobacco products or nicotine patches of any kind are permitted.
The following is the acceptance process:
1. Fill out and submit application.
2. Phone Interview. The Director will call the applicant. Eligibility criteria will be discussed and a decision will be made whether to move forward with admission.
3. PRAY! Applicant and Director will pray and seek the Lord as to whether it is His will for the applicant’s future includes becoming a resident.
4. Follow-up phone calls by the director to check on the status of application. At this time, the applicant will be told if he is accepted as a participant and given further, specific instructions if he is accepted.
The following are the steps that will be taken during the actual intake process:
1. Drug Test. A drug screen will be performed.
2. Donation. The applicant must make their $3,500 entry donation at this time.
3. Paperwork. The applicant will sign the Ministry Commitment, General Release, & Ministry Agreement forms. Only upon successful completion of all of the above steps will applicants be accepted into the ministry!
The men’s program has been divided into two phases, basic and transition. Basic: The first two months are highly restricted and regimented. Completion of a Biblical Foundations course involving personal study is required. A daily work routine is also a part of this phase. Students are not allowed to have or use cell phones, iPods, computers or any other electronic devices. The next four to seven months a student becomes a more serious disciple through continued study and application of God’s Word and schedule responsibilities are increased. Leadership roles develop as the student demonstrates his ability to serve others effectively. They are still not allowed to have and use cell phones, iPods, computers or other electronic devices. Five minute phone calls to family will be on Sundays. Married men are allowed an extra phone call mid-week.
Transition: During this six month period, the student will adhere to all program rules and requirements. The goal of this phase is to enable the student to effectively transition into the community as an honest, responsible, maturing man of God. The students will be able to have a cell phone that will be monitored. A primary objective of the student in Transistion is to secure and maintain gainful employment while still having built in accountability at the Ark. Colossians 3:9-10 - Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Rules and Regulations
All students are expected to adhere to the following rules of conduct and common courtesy while participating in the ministry:
1. A minimum commitment of nine months is required.
2. No use or possession of drugs or alcohol.
3. Submission to random drug testing is required.
4. No use or possession of any tobacco products including patch, gum, etc.
5. No threatening or fighting.
6. No firearms or any type of weapon may be possessed.
7. No foul language, profanity or crass joking.
8. No pornographic or provocative material may be viewed or possessed.
9. No communication or relationships/friendships with females. (This includes contact by phone, mail, visitation, third-party, etc.).
10. No sexual activity with yourself or others. If your struggle is mainly of a sexual nature, this program may not be suitable for you. We recommend Pure Life Ministry for men struggling with sexual addictions.
11. Anything and anyone on the premises (including personal vehicles) are subject to search by the ministry team or anyone that they authorize to do so.
12. All are expected to dress modestly.
13. No gambling.
14. No borrowing or lending money.
15. No computer/video games. No laptops at any level. Radios must be kept at volume and content acceptable to anyone in the immediate area.
16. No secular music.
17. No incense, candles, lighters or matches may be possessed.
18. No touching another’s food or property without their permission.
19. No sharing razor blades, nail clippers, toothbrushes or other items that may risk the spread of infectious diseases.
20. All personal property must be taken with students when they leave. The Ark will not be held responsible for anything left behind. Abandoned items will be disposed of after 72 hours.
21. The church or The Ark is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
22. Personal and common quarters must be kept neat and clean at all times.
23. No sleeping or lying anywhere except on your own bed.
24. Beds must be made daily.
25. All dishes must be washed immediately after meal preparation.
26. No personal items may be left on bathrooms or kitchen counters, bureaus, coffee tables or other common areas.
27. Furniture may not be moved or rearranged by students without approval.
28. No hanging of posters, pictures or any other decorations.
29. All sickness must report to work leader and it is up to their discretion whether to send resident home.
30. Attendance at every church service, class, group and function for that phase is required. Bible, pen and paper must be brought to each.
31. All residents must remain on property when not attending a sponsored event or approved pass.
32. No asking volunteers, church staff, etc. for favors, money or anything else.
33. No unauthorized phone calls.
34. For safety and health reasons, shoes must be worn while outside.
35. Passes must be requested a week in advance for appointments during work days and need the Director's approval by initialing the pass.
36. The use or possession of energy drinks, energy supplements and/or fat burning/metabolism-boosting supplements by anyone is strictly prohibited.
37. No murmuring or complaining. Grievances may be submitted to the ministry team.
38. All outside reading material must be approved by staff.
39. No sleeping in on days off.
40. All appointments, meetings or visitations with family or friends must be approved by the Director.
41. No lying down during morning devotional time.
42. Do what you are told when you are told to do it. Do not question or advise the overseer or work leader.