What We Do

Residency program

At our Cape Town location, we offer a residency program for young people who undergo a long-term, transformational leadership training experience. Residencies are usually one year long. East Mountain residents reside at our Community Home and Retreat Center, situated in the stunning Helderberg mountains outside the small unversity town of Stellenbosch. 

Our residents receive:
  • one-on-one discipleship from a mentor within our community
  • theological training
  • practical leadership skills and the opportunities to apply them in real-life settings
  • guided spiritual formation and opportunities to grow in personal relationship with God
  • the opportunity to share a living space and build intentional community with a diverse group of other residents
  • an internship with a local church, meeting the needs of the local community and the opportunity to learn from local pastoral staff

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At our Cape Town loaction, we offer Summit, a six-week intensive internship that runs from May to July. Summit is a relational learning experience, filled with adventure and intentional community living. 

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Training Workshops

The East Mountain community is blessed to include gifted teachers and scholars who regularly share their knowledge with our residents, interns, and local leaders. Workshops are usually four to six hours long and are centered around set topics. 

Some workshops we regulary offer include: 
  • When Helping Hurts: A Framework for Understanding Poverty
  • Animism: How Our Underlying Assumptions about Diety Influence Our Everyday Lives
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Adult Dialogue Education: How To Teach in a Way that Engages and Ignites 
  • Job Skills: Key To Success in the Professional World
  • Overview of the Bible: The Bible as a Story
Our training workshops are open to anyone in the greater Cape Town area. Contact us for more information.

Theological Learning Cohorts

East Mountain is a learning community passionate about the study of the Scriptures. One way that we mobilize leaders in the local community is by creating opportunities for rich conversation. In Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa, we facilitate learning cohorts, groups of adults who meet with their peers to discuss topics centered around the Bible and Christian living. Cohorts typically meet once a month and read over similar content to prepare for their cohort meeting. 
A typical cohort meeting includes a casual meal and a brief time of worship and mingling, followed by rich dialogue.

We currently have three levels of cohorts:
  • Fundamental Elements of the Bible Cohort
  • Leaders Cohort
  • Scholars Cohort
Our cohorts are open to anyone in the greater Cape Town and Port Elizabeth areas who would like to learn with us. Contact us for more information.


Community-Strengthening Initatives

In the life of East Mountain, we have learned that for community to thrive, it has to be intentional. Community is the product of care and consistent relationship building. For this reason, we always have at least one internal community-building initiative for those involved in our community.

Currently, our community-centric initiatives are the Weekly Braai and Spiritual Formation Groups.

A braai is the quintessential South African social gathering. It involves friends gathering over a barbeque, grilling meat, enjoying the outdoors, and spending a slow evening gathered around the table. The East Mountain community in Cape Town hosts a weekly braai for anyone invovled in our community. Rain or shine, every Friday night, staff, interns and residents, local pastors, board members, and partners gather to connect with one another and enjoy the unique blessing of a good time with great friends.

Spiritual Formation Groups are men's and women's small groups who meet together weekly to engage in an intentionally authentic community-building process alongside completeing a Bible study. Our staff is grouped into over 5 different Spiritual Formation Groups and consistently see the Lord strengthening our community through this process.