FAQs - Executive Programme

When is the Executive Programme?

The Breakthrough & Immersion Programmes are run once a year respectively. The Breakthrough Programme typically runs in the first half of the year (between March and June) for 2 weeks and The Immersion Programme runs in the second half of the year (typically early August) for 4 weeks.

Is there a course fee?

The Executive Programme is part of our larger vision to be a blessing to the body of Christ. Therefore, there is no course fee.

However, there are traveling, living and conference costs that need to be considered. They vary depending on choice of Programme.

Cost Considerations

ItemRough Estimate (in Singapore Dollars S$)
Airfare + Visa Varies from country to country.
*Ensure your visa includes Malaysia if you are attending the Breakthrough Programme
Accommodation Rates vary depending on place.
Lowest recommended: S$20+ per pax per night at Salvation Army, Upper Bukit Timah.
(6-bedded dorm with common bathroom)
Highest recommended: S$130++ per pax per night at V Hotel, Lavendar.
(single room, attached bath)
Food About S$25 per day
Transport around Singapore About S$3-5 per day (by bus/mrt)
Breakthrough Weekend Fees + Transport
* For delegates attending the Breakthrough Programme
About S$500
Fee includes transport (two-way), accommodation, food and materials for the duration of Breakthrough Weekend.
IDMC Conference Fees
* For delegates attending the Immersion Programme
About S$300 (includes GST)
Fee DOES NOT include transport, accommodation or meals for the duration of the conference.

Can I attend only part of the Executive Programme?

The sessions covered in the Executive Programme tend to build upon each other and work towards providing a holistic picture of an IDMC. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that delegates attend from start to end.

What does a typical week in the Executive Programme look like?

Classes and leadership dialogues are from Monday – Friday. Tuesdays are rest days.
A typical day starts at 9.30am and ends by 5.00pm.
There is usually ministry exposure on Friday night, selected Saturdays and Sunday mornings. Ministry exposure is optional.

Typical Week at IDMC Institute’s Executive Programme

AM Ministry Exposure & Sunday Service Staff Devotion Sabbath (Off day) Class / Leadership Dialogue Class / Leadership Dialogue Class / Leadership Dialogue Board Prayer meet / Ministry Exposure
PM   Class / Leadership Dialogue Class / Leadership Dialogue Class / Leadership Dialogue Class / Leadership Dialogue  
Night     Ministry Exposure   Cell group Visitation Ministry Exposure

Where will the Executive Programme be held?

It will be held at Covenant EFC’s ACKCentre.
Address: 2 Kallang Avenue, #10-26, CT HUB, Singapore 339407.
Closest MRT station: Bendemeer MRT on the Blue Downtown Line (3 mins walk to CT Hub) or Lavendar MRT on the Green East-West Line (10 mins walk to CT Hub)

Where are Breakthrough Weekends held?

Typically, the Men’s & Women’s Breakthrough Weekend is held in a hotel in Johor, Malaysia. The fee will include transport (to and fro), accommodation, food and materials for the duration of Breakthrough Weekend.

Where will the IDMC Conference be?

Typically, the IDMC Conference is held at the Singapore Expo, near Changi Airport.
Address: Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150.
Closest MRT station: Expo MRT
The conference fee DOES NOT include transport, accommodation or meals for the duration of the conference.

Recommended places to stay

We recommend that you look for places to stay around Lavendar MRT station or the Kallang area. This is to minimize daily travel time and cost to and from ACKCentre as most sessions will be held there.

Refer below for a list of recommended places to stay, or use this Google search to find hotels near ACKCentre.

Recommended Accommodation

Salvation Army ( http://www.salvationarmy.org/singapore/praisehaven )+

  • 6-bedded (per bed with shared bathroom, per night) about S$20
  • Studio apartment w 2 bedrooms for 3 – 4 people (per night, per person) about S$45
  • Twins sharing (per night, per person) about S$45

TTC ( http://www.ttc.edu.sg/ )+

  • From about S$35-S$95 per night, per person
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for room booking

+ Please note that prices above are subject to change. Please contact these places directly for latest prices and to make bookings.
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Visas & Travel insurance

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FAQs - One Year Internship

Who can enroll for IDMC Institute's (IDMCi) One-year Internship Program? Is it just for CEFC members?

IDMCi is for all Christians who desire to follow Jesus Christ as authentic disciples and desire to be effective disciple-makers in obedience to His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Its predecessor, Evangelical Theological Centre (ETC), was originally started to equip members of CEFC and the Evangelical Free Church denomination in Singapore in discipleship. Today, all who desire to be part of the IDMC global movement – to return the church to its disciple-making roots – are welcome to enroll in IDMCi.

What tracks are offered and do you accept foreign applications?

  • All 3 tracks : Ministry (MIN), Missions (MSN), Marketplace (MKT) and only local Singapore based students are accepted for the one-year internship
  • We accept short term overseas visitors (overseas) if applicants already have the relevant passes to stay in Singapore. IDMC Institute is currently not able to apply for foreign student passes.

How much does it cost?

  • Programme A interns who are CEFC members do not pay.
  • Programme B trainees pay $1000 for the whole 12 months of training (Additional expenses include Breakthrough weekends, retreats, IDMC Conference and short-term mission trip).
  • Visiting students pay only for the modules they take (e.g., $80 for an 8-week module and $40 for a 4-week module).
Note: Scholarships are NOT available.

What is the difference between Programme A and Programme B Student?

  • We encourage all Interns to benefit from the full curriculum (classes & assignments, ministry attachments, mentoring, staff devotion, table talks, QC, BTW, Silent Retreat, Short Term Mission trips, serving on Sunday, etc.)
  • Programme A Interns are open only to members of Covenant EFC. They have to be committed to the full programme. Course fees and participation in IDMCi activities are supported by the Institute. Interns follow the 5-day schedule of Covenant Staff.
  • Programme B Interns are open to worshipers from Covenant or other churches. Program B interns self-fund the course fees and any other IDMCi activities and training. They are required to attend weekly classes, mentoring, all Table Talks, Staff Devotions and QC; plus self-fund and attend the annual Breakthrough Weekend, Silent Retreat, IDMC Conference, and Short-term Mission Trip.
  • Please see the question below on What is the typical daily routine? for the difference in terms of schedule.

What is the typical daily routine?

  • Program A Intern: you are following office hours from 8.30-5.30pm with Tuesday as Sabbath while Sunday is a work day. All other days, you are either at the the ACKCentre or at your assigned area of ministry. There might be regular Saturday afternoon / night ministry if assigned to the TNG ministry or Monday / Wednesday night if assigned to IDT ministry. Your schedule will look like the calendar below.
  • Program B Intern: you are required to join Staff Devotion, Intern's Community Time, and attend all classes, mentoring, and table talks (the cells highlighted in Yellow below). See the above question What is the difference between Programme A and Programme B Student? for more details.
  • A typical week look like this:

Worship Service / Ministry duties

Staff devotion


Personal study time / Table talks / Mentor meet-up / Classroom session

Classroom session

Classroom session

Personal study / Processing time / Classroom session


Interns community time and personal study time

Classroom session

Classroom session

Ministry Time (where applicable)


CG Time

What are the application processes and various timelines?

  • There will be a number of IDMCi Intro Session throughout the year, where more detailed information on the one-year internship will be shared. You can register here.
    • Venue: ACK Centre (2 Kallang Ave, CT Hub #10-26)
  • Application forms must be submitted by 31 Oct of the current year. You can either:
  • There will be an interview with the Principal of IDMCi – In Nov.
  • We will endeavour to confirm decision of acceptance by late November / early December.
  • Schedule of classes will be sent by late December.

What if I am unsure of my calling?

  • While some Christians are called to full time Christian vocation and full time overseas mission, the vast majority of Christians are called to full time marketplace work. IDMCi's vision is to develop authentic disciples of spiritual depth ready for intentional disciple making in their respective spheres of influence through experiential learning and relationships. 
  • Consider IDMCi if you believe God is calling you to take a 12-month pause, get yourself equipped (inside out – this is not just about ministry skills; rather the emphasis is first and foremost, deepening your relationship with God) and using this time to seek the Lord for your future calling

Which track should I sign up for?

  • If you are keen to pursue a full-time Christian vocation with a local church – Ministry (MIN) track
  • If you are called to a mission field – Missions (MSN) track
  • If you believe your calling is at the marketplace or business – Marketplace (MKT) track
  • If you are unsure of Programme A or B, we encourage you to go for Programme A and seek confirmation during the year
  • If you are unsure of Ministry (MIN) or Marketplace (MKT), we encourage you to go for Programme A with MIN assignment + join emphasis modules for MKT
Note: MSN track is ONLY for members of Covenant EFC.

What is the duration of each track?

  • All tracks will have a common 12 months of core curriculum
  • Ministry (MIN) – a total of 12 months core curriculum and ministry assignment
  • Missions (MSN) – up to 18 months of which 12 months core curriculum and upon mutual assessment of readiness at the end of 12 months, another 3-6 months missions attachment
  • Marketplace (MKT) – a total of 12 months core curriculum and marketplace emphasis modules might be conducted in the evening/Saturdays
  • The internship starts first week of January and ends mid-December

When does the next term start and what if I can’t join by the starting date?

The one-year internship usually starts the first week of January. For 2020, the term starts Friday, 3rd January 2020.

If you are unable to join us at the start of the term, there is some flexibility but we do need to review on a case by case basis. We generally encourage students to come in right from the beginning as we want them to progress with the cohort together; IDMCi is all about the whole experience with the whole cohort.

What curriculum is covered under each track?

For more information on what modules are covered under each track, click here.

Who are the faculty?

For more information on our faculty, click here.

Where are lessons conducted?

Lessons will be conducted at ACKCentre: 2 Kallang Avenue, #10-26, CT HUB, Singapore 339407.

What are the ministry assignments? Who are the mentors?

  • MIN assignment: at this point in time, we are unable to specify the assignments for the MIN track. As a process, we will first understand from the various ministries in church their ministry's plan for the next 2-3 years and resource needs. During interview we would also find out from potential interns their ministry preference. We would attempt to match needs with intern's preference unless the SPO provides a different burden. Your mentor would likely be the Pastor of the ministry you are assigned to (though this is not always possible)
  • MSN assignment: The significant assignment is the 3-6 month field attachment. During the 12 month course term itself, MSN Interns are responsible for mission week organising, weekly involvement with cross cultural mission fellowships e.g., Indonesian fellowship, Home Missions, etc) and participating in overseas BTW. Your mentor would likely be experienced missionaries (attending Covenant, if at all possible)
  • MKT assignment: This is a relatively new track and we are still exploring and learning the appropriate assignments for each batch.

I am not sure if I should go for theological seminary or IDMCi

  • IDMCi's unique calling is to develop disciple-mentors; hence our focus is very much on growing as an
    • Authentic disciple - OT classes, NT classes, Book studies, IDMC Modules like ACK, etc.
    • Intentional disciple maker – BHR (counselling), Homiletics (preaching), Prayer, Mentoring for Roots & Wings (facilitation), etc.
    • Through Experiential learning - STM, BTW, Silent Retreat, etc.
    • and Relationships - Mentoring relationships, Ministry assignments, etc.
  • If you are aligned with IDMCi vision and also is seriously considering further theological seminary studies, IDMCi is a good first step as it does help to prepare one for seminary
  • Having said that, you might want to consult with our pastors who have done both.

What preparation should I do prior to joining?

  • Understand your motivation for coming on as a full time intern.
  • Seek the Lord for the most appropriate posture

What if I am unable to commit to the basic program?

You may consider participating as a Visiting Student on a per module basis. For more information on modules you can sign up for, click here

I heard about Bi-VOC – what is it and how is it related to IDMCI?

What happened to ETC?

ETC has grown to become IDMCi and its core curriculum and training philosophy - which served us so well – have been incorporated into the revamped and updated curricula of the three tracks of IDMCi.

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