Event description


Excel: Growing in grace. Reclaiming true beauty.

Let’s face it, ladies — it’s hard to know what our calling looks like in today’s society. Everywhere we turn, our culture is twisting the role that God created for us, telling us that we should be masculine and independent.

But God’s Word calls us to something far better—a role that invites us to be wise, strong, capable, and truly beautiful in our femininity. At Excel, we invite you to join us on a journey of reclaiming Biblical womanhood with excellence and grace. 

Join us as we

  • draw near to Christ and abide in His Word
  • develop skills for fruitful service
  • walk together as sisters in Christ

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” — Colossians 1:10 

Who: Single young ladies ages 16+

Where: Big Sandy, Texas


  • On-Site Study: January 16–February 20, 2021
  • At-Home Study: February 22–April 2, 2021

What participants are saying:

“At Excel, I realized who I am in Christ is not based on what I do for Christ, but on who Christ is in me. I praise God for this program that helped me become the lady He wants me to be.” — Esther 

“The discipleship, fellowship, and training was encouraging, professional, and centered on God’s Word. I enjoyed each class and I loved the community in our class as a whole. Day to day, we cheered each other on, laughing, praying, and sometimes, crying together. Most of all, I cherish the truth from God’s Word that I learned at Excel. I will carry that with me for the rest of my life.” — Sophia

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Sarah (Mally) Hancock | Excel

  • From founding the Bright Lights ministry, to her expansive reach as an author and speaker to young ladies and their families across the nation, Sarah loves life-on-life discipleship.

Karen West | Excel

  • Karen is skilled in calligraphy, watercolor, and hand lettering. She is passionate about conveying God’s truths through art and enjoys opportunities to coach younger artists in their craft.


Register for the 2021 Excel (January 16–April 2, 2021):


A complete schedule for this event is being finalized. View a Sample Schedule


  • Tuition: $2,450 (Register by December 15, 2020, to receive $500 off your tuition!)
  • Registration closes on January 3, 2021
  • SPECIAL: Save 10% on tuition when registering an additional sibling for the same class!
  • Scholarships: If you have prayerfully confirmed that the Lord is leading you to participate in Excel, and finances restrict your enrollment, we want to help. We have a limited amount of scholarships available. Please contact us so we can talk with you further about this.

Tuition includes: 

  • On-Site Study (5 weeks in Big Sandy, TX): Join like-minded young ladies for five weeks of practical skills training, personal discipleship, and ministry opportunities.
  • Pre-Class Study (5 weeks at home): Develop spiritual disciplines, complete weekly assignments, enjoy video lessons, and participate in team video calls. 
  • All course curriculum, materials, and five weeks of meals and lodging during the on-site portion of the class. 


What is the minimum age for young ladies to attend Excel? 

Young ladies need to be 16 years old by the start of the course.

What are some of the course topics? 

Expect a broad variety of topics that all bring us toward one goal: knowing God intimately and serving Him wholeheartedly. Here is an overview:

  • Discipleship: Rekindling your private devotions, journaling with purpose, igniting your prayer life, discussing Biblical womanhood, exploring Proverbs 31, defining identity in Christ

As we gather skills to serve, we look forward to presenting classes on:

  • Hospitality: Culinary skills, Menu planning, Decorating
  • Home Management: Cleaning, Organizing, Budgeting
  • Life Skills: Basic first aid, Home & vehicle care
  • Communications: Writing, Music, Calligraphy
  • Personal Care: Exercise, Diet, Nutrition 
  • … And more! 

What will the On-Site portion of Excel look like? 

As we build spiritual disciplines and enjoy consistency in how we learn and work, we’ll also be having a lot of fun along the way! 

Each day, you’ll have: 

  • Personal & group devotions
  • Classes in academics, home management, life skills, and discipleship topics
  • Individual project time
  • Free time & fellowship

On the weekends, we will enjoy some recreation and special projects, as well as plenty of free time and rest time.  

What will the At-Home Study portion look like?

This portion of Excel is designed to help you maintain the spiritual disciplines practiced during the on-site class and continue developing some of the great course materials that you covered on-site! During the At-Home Study, you will also have a chance to continue the relationships you began on-site with sisters in Christ that will hopefully last a lifetime. At-Home Study requires approximately 3-4 hours per week. In that time, you will:

  • Watch a unit video (from RiseUp Discipleship)
  • Study the unit materials and complete the study questions
  • Participate in an online group meeting
  • Enjoy a personal accountability call

Can I make separate payments for my tuition? 

Yes! We would be happy to work with you on a payment plan for your tuition. Please contact us so we can create a plan that will work for you. 

Is there a discount for multiple siblings attending the same class?

Yes! If multiple siblings enroll for the same class, both siblings can receive a 10% discount on their tuition. 

Are there scholarship options available? 

Yes! If you have prayerfully confirmed that the Lord is leading you to participate in Excel, and finances restrict your enrollment, we want to help. We have a limited amount of scholarships available. Please contact us so we can find a good fit for you. 

More Questions? Email [email protected]