THE HEART

BEHIND LEGACY

Jesus Christ took a handful of stout-hearted followers and trained them in the ways of His Father. He came into their world and then invited them into His world of the Kingdom. It is because of His intentionality with the few then that the world knows the Gospel at large now. Simply put: Jesus + 12 men = world change.

What a formula! What an example for us, even in this generation. God still loves to set apart and intentionally train the few to this day. He invites the hungry to separate themselves from "life as they know it" and come into His reality, His Spirit, His way and His heart. 

There is a place for spiritual training and equipping akin to the first century model of Christ today: LEGACY School of Discipleship. It's a training where Christ Himself is the central subject and where His indwelling Spirit is the central experience.

LEGACY is for men and women who want to be part of the Lord's testimony on this earth. It's for those who are after the heart of God and who seek deeper training in their inner-man.

We invite you to come. Your life will never be the same, if that is indeed what you want.

FRANCOIS FINEBERG

Author & Teacher, LEGACY Ministries

 

MEET THE FINEBERGS

Meet our fearless leaders: Francois and Wendy Fineberg. Francois is the founder and teacher of LEGACY. After working at JH Ranch leading Trac II together, the Lord called Francois and Wendy to move to Alabama and begin a discipleship school. Over thirteen years later, Francois continues to be faithful to the call to teach and move in the lives of hundreds of young adults. Francois and Wendy are proud parents of Frances and Chapel. The Finebergs call LEGACY home. You can listen to Francois' teachings on his podcast, Spiritual Living with Francois Fineberg.

MEET THE STAFF

 

OUR

BELIEFS

THE BIBLE, THE LIVING WORD

The Bible is word-for-word the complete divine revelation inspired by God, through the Holy Spirit. No one can add, nor take away from, its eternal inspiration and accuracy. The Scriptures cannot be broken.

2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Ecclesiastes 3:14; John 10:35
 

 

THE TRINITY: FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT

God is uniquely One, yet triune – the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. The triune-God is co-eternal, co-indwelling, co-Sovereign, and co-existing.

1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 28:19; John 17:21; 2 Co. 13:14
 

 

JESUS CHRIST: SON of GOD

The Son of God, Who Himself is God, was incarnated to be a common man by the name of Jesus Christ. He is fully God in His divinity and fully man in His humanity.

John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16a; Romans 8:3
 

 

The Son of God was also the Son of Man who died on a cross, therefore dealing with man’s sins and sin-nature, shedding His blood for man’s justification and redemption. This is because God loves man.

1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7a; Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2
 

 

THE RESURRECTION

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; He was buried in a tomb and was raised from the dead on the third day.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 2:24; 10:40; Romans 8:11a
 

 

THE ASCENSION

Jesus Christ ascended in glory to the right hand of God where He obtained the Name above all names –– an exclusive and all-inclusive name for the salvation of man.

Acts 1:9; 2:33-36; 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11
 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Jesus Christ, although seated at the right hand of the Father in glory, is at the same time within His believers via His own life-giving Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the very essence of Christ who now works within the believers to conform them to the very image of Christ. Christlikeness is the destiny of all Christ’s followers and the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-18; 20:22; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:29
 

 

REBIRTH THROUGH REPENTANCE

God’s invitation is for all men to repent and to come into the faith. When anyone believes into Christ and by the Spirit says, “Jesus is Lord,” this person is born again and becomes a living member in the one Body of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23
 

 

THE BODY OF CHRIST

Jesus’ Church is a living, spiritual body, baptized into Christ’s Person, in which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are constituting members.

Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 8:31-32
 

 

THE SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ is coming again to receive His saints to Himself as His Bride, forever to dwell in the New Jerusalem. Saints everywhere long for this day! We are not entirely sure when this day will occur.

1 Thessalonians 4:14, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:49-53; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2-3 

 

FAQs

What denomination (if any) is LEGACY?


Denominationalism is as strong in the States as it has ever been with approximately 217 diverse denominations listed in the 2006 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Organizationally speaking, LEGACY is classified by the I.R.S. as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Para-Church Organization. That is our standing with the US Government. Spiritually speaking, we are simply endeavoring to live Christian lives that reflect the New Testament as we serve Christ’s Body at large (1 Cor. 4:1). “In one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit” (1Cor.12:13). LEGACY is not a part of any denomination and is itself not a proponent of any particular denomination, movement, ministry, or man (1Cor.1:10,13). LEGACY wholeheartedly welcomes students into the training from every denominational background, but cannot guarantee our methodology to be similar. We welcome Catholics and Protestants, liturgical and charismatic backgrounds alike, but will not fall clearly into any of these “categories.” Our focus is the corporate aspect of the Body of Christ with its many unique and gifted members, and not any specific movements (1Cor.12:4-7). Instead of focusing on the specific differences among Christians, at LEGACY we rather choose to focus on the centrality of Jesus Christ and the shared reality of our common faith in Him (Jude 3).




Is LEGACY a church or is it affiliated with a movement?


LEGACY is not a church, nor does it affiliate with one specific denomination or movement. LEGACY is a para-church organization with the goal of supporting the whole Body of Christ through our mentoring, teaching and discipleship. We are open to students of many varied Christian backgrounds who can confidently confess our Statement of Belief in Jesus Christ. The director of LEGACY, Francois Fineberg, is an ordained minister, and all teachers and content at LEGACY are held accountable according to the orthodox teachings of the Word of God, the Bible. Besides the Word of God, our Board of Directors, and especially the parents of our students, hold us accoutable to orthodoxy.




What is the theological focus of LEGACY?


At LEGACY, the theology we impart during the training, is intended to cause an encounter between the student and the living Person of Christ––not just intellectual accumulation. We do want the student to gain revelation knowledge, but with special attention paid to, and emphasis laid upon, the “incarnation side” of spirituality––it must be practical, down-to-earth, and relatable. We intend to teach theology, but only insofar as it brings the proper understanding for Christian living in resurrection power and not only a “form of godliness” (2 Tim. 3:5). As pertaining to theological matters, LEGACY’s focus is very narrow in scope. During the training we wish to introduce the following four crucial elements as the (in our estimation and experience) necessary dynamics of the "Normal Christian Life": The Divine Life of God We explore the multifarious aspects of the Divine and uncreated life (Zoë) of God Himself. From Genesis to Revelation the practical emphasis here is to live daily by this Divine Life (John 6:57; Col. 3:4). The Eternal Agenda of the Father We explore the reality of God’s eternal purposes and how He accomplishes it according to His New Testament pattern. The emphasis here is to forsake all that clashes with God’s will and to follow this eternal pattern in a consecrated way (Isa. 55:8-9; Eccl. 3:14; The entire NT). The Accomplishments of Jesus Christ We explore the wonderful Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The emphasis here is to believe and trust Christ explicitly and to receive His redemptive accomplishments unreservedly (1 Cor. 1:18). The Application of the Holy Spirit We also concentrate on the fact that Man is created by God as spirit, soul, and body. The emphasis here is to learn what it really means to walk in the Holy Spirit within our regenerated human spirit (1 Thess. 5:23; Phil. 3:3; Gal. 5:22-25). It is our earnest desire to be theologically sound, well balanced, and within the straight and narrow confines of orthodox Christianity as adhered to by the faithful over the ages (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 4:1, 6, 13, 16; 6:3, 20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13-14; 2:2, 15; 3:10, 16-17; 4:2-4).




Is it really worth it to delay my college education for a semester?


It depends. Are you in college to receive a degree, or to study so that you can both complement and fulfill the call of God on your life? Finishing your college career a semester late is not the end of the world, really. Your time at LEGACY will allow you to re-evaluate your motives in college and will hopefully help you narrow your focus and hone your intensity during your studies. For other students, LEGACY is a semester for spiritual emphasis and depth that lays a crucial and timely spiritual foundation. It may come before, during, after, or in lieu of college studies. Each student must be uniquely sensitive to the Lord’s leading and timing in this matter.




What is the ideal age to come to LEGACY?


LEGACY accepts students into the training ages 18—28. However, we have found that those with some measure of “life experience” are able to best process the material.




How many students will be in my semester?


LEGACY accepts on average 20 students only. We strategically limit ourselves to this number for ministry intentionality and effectiveness. LEGACY does not aim to be "mega." What makes this ministry unique is its focus on the indivdual as a person, and not a number. Jesus had 12 disciples. It seems that Paul trained about 8. (This is how we came to the number "20." And now you know!)




Where will I live?


Beautiful, dorm-style housing is provided during the semester. The men will live in their own house, and likewise the woman. Four students share a room and bathroom with ample closet space. All meals are provided at the community kitchen and dining facility.




Why is the campus so isolated?


Over the years we have found that short physical separation from the world’s culture for intense spiritual focus and renewal is very effective. The environment we have created at LEGACY is very monastic in nature with a strong emphasis on “togetherness". Short isolation from the world’s culture serves our spiritual focus best.




Why does LEGACY live in community?


A well-balanced spiritual community (the normal Church-life) is the surest anvil upon which the character of God is forged within an otherwise individualistic believer. Living in community is where our faith is put to the test; it is where theory very quickly has to translate into reality before one is found to be a hypocrite. This community aspect of LEGACY has consistently proven to be among the more enjoyable aspects of the Christian life for our students and something many students seek out upon returning to their own faith communities.




What's the food like?


You can expect excellent food that will nourish you holistically! Because we are a small student body and staff, meals will have an extra touch of excellence with consideration paid to nutrition, taste, quantity, and budget. You will love it! We do accomodate those who have reasonable food allergies rather well.




Will I have off weekends?


While we hope that your full focus and commitment will be given to your LEGACY experience, we do schedule approximately 3-4 off weekends during your time with us in Alabama. All dates and a detailed schedule will be provided to you throughout the application process.




Can my parents and friends come visit me?


LEGACY has an open door policy with parents and will always welcome their visits to the campus. We recommend that parents let us know ahead of time or prearrange visits so that we can be sure students are available to enjoy their time with parents. We will also have a predetermined evening each week that is open for anyone to join us for worship/teaching/fellowship. Friends are welcome to visit during these times but cannot visit otherwise without special pre-approval.




Can I receive college credit for this semester?


Currently, LEGACY is unable to offer college credit for your participation.




How academic is LEGACY in nature?


“Smart” or not, you are welcome to come! Our semesters is not primarily intellectual in nature, although we do create an intense environment for spiritual comprehension and attention. We do not “test” students for a kind of grade nor will they have assignments beyond their capacity to deliver. We only ask our students to apply themselves according to the grace of God in their lives. Also, we intentionally promote self-study during the semester that suits their style, interest, and ability best. LEGACY meets each student wherever they are in the academic spectrum.




Is there WiFi and cell service?


Yes. We have WiFi available in our main lodge, however student houses do not. Most all major cell phone carriers have service at the campus.




What will I do after LEGACY?


It is our hope that LEGACY will be the springboard for the destiny of God in your life! Past students have pursued further schooling, careers, and even ministry service. Based upon your interests and the calling of God, we will journey with you and aid you in taking the next step.




Can I work part-time while I am at LEGACY?


You will not be able to work part-time while participating in LEGACY. All needed finances for your time at LEGACY must be gained prior to your arrival at LEGACY.




When can I expect to hear from LEGACY regarding my acceptance?


LEGACY will need several weeks to review and verify your application. Once your full application has been received, we will contact you for an interview either in person, or on the phone.




Can my family and friends sponsor me financially?


Yes, you can be sponsored! Sponsorships from friends will be reckoned to them as a "tax-deductable-donation." Sponsorships from your family will be reckoned "tax-deductable" only to a certain amount. We will explain this in detail upon further request.




Are scholarships available?


We offer need-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate a desperation to go deeper with the Lord Jesus, and who are actively fundraising and working to cover their tuition. We do not offer full scholarships. It is our belief that your time at LEGACY will be all the more impactful if you get skin in the game. In order to be considered for a scholarship for this upcoming Spring 2021 Semester, please have your LEGACY application completed by December 15th. There will be a supplemental scholarship application process following your completion of the primary application.





 

A NOTE TO

LEGACY PARENTS

"Our experience far exceeded anything we could have expected. Our daughter has said that LEGACY saved her life. Through the years, she has been exposed to many different streams where she could learn about Jesus. LEGACY is the one place that left her with a deep, personal relationship with Him."

DR. CHIP HANES

We have an open-door policy for prospective parents and parents alike. We invite you to come to the campus for a day to sit in on class, meet the staff, tour the property to experience a day at LEGACY for yourself. If you have any questions or concerns, we will gladly meet with you in person or speak with you over the phone. We are here to help you in any way possible.

At LEGACY, we consider it a great privilege to potentially spend a season with your child. For over a decade, we have offered young adults the opportunity to set aside a season where they do not check-out of life, but rather check-in, in a very focused way. At LEGACY, we are going to mean business not only with the development of your child’s spiritual life, but with their practical and vocational life as well. They will be challenged spiritually through the ministry of the word, but they will learn how to cook and clean. They will get callouses in their hands from working on the property and in the woodshop, and they will take focused career and personality assessments with personal coaching.

 

From 7am in the morning until 10pm at night, your child will learn how to develop a practical lifestyle of walking with God. Toward what end? Toward the end of living a maximized life so when they leave, they are able not only to pack a big punch on this planet, but in time, they will have left a LEGACY: a life that truly outlives themselves.

COME BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD'S SEMESTER

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ATTEND A WORSHIP NIGHT

LEGACY hosts a worship night open to friends, alumni and parents of LEGACY. Worship nights are a great opportunity for students to fellowship and worship with the larger LEGACY family! All are welcome.

CHEF OF THE DAY

Come be apart of a day at LEGACY as ‘Chef of the Day’ by providing a meal for the students. Whether you’d like to cook a meal, or cater, it is a fun experience to serve the students and see the school in action.

ATTEND A CLASS

Sit in on a class for a day or two to hear all your child is learning. At LEGACY, we have an open-door policy - especially when it comes to all we are teaching in the classroom. Come be apart, we would love to have you.

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