Bible Gap Year
Imagine if you could dedicate an entire year to growing in your faith, digging deep into the Bible, and learning how to share your faith confidently?
The Bible Gap Year includes a unique combination of personal discipleship, outreach and travel, and a submersion into the Word that will empower you to apply it to your life, and to help those around you do the same.
How it works
Step 1: January – June: Build your foundations
10802NAT – Certificate III in Discipleship
The first five months of your journey will begin in sunny Townsville, Australia where you will do a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the first half of the course, you will learn about different topics each week from experienced speakers.
- The Nature and Character of God
- Hearing God’s Voice
- Biblical Worldview
- Living a Missional Life
In addition to receiving transformational discipleship and strong biblical teaching, you will have the opportunity to go on outreach to apply what you’ve learnt in communities in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea. The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures, and nine weeks of outreach in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea.
Step 2: July – December: Dive Deep into the Bible
During the next half of your gap year, you will complete The Discipleship Bible School (DBS).
During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and a series of guest speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.
Although each book is studied to discover its original intent, you will also be taught on topics. For example – you will look at Worldview and Origins as you study through Genesis, Exodus, and Job. Or you might look at Leadership and Worship as you study the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, Chronicles, and the Psalms. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!
In addition to putting God’s truth into practice in your personal life, you will have the opportunity to go on outreach and share God’s words with individuals and communities in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea. The DBS includes 14 weeks of lectures, and eight weeks of outreach.
Dates and Cost
31 January – 17 December 2021
30 January – 16 December 2022
Outreach travel expenses & food and accommodation during outreach: $4,000 – $5,800 AUD
Your fees include all of the training you will receive during the DTS, DBS, and outreach expenses. Your course fee includes all your meals, accommodation, wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!), and use of our campus facilities including library, computers, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard, and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants, and shops.
Your outreach fee includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t-shirt, any extra visas, insurance, and field supplies.
*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, food or accommodation between courses, visa, health insurance, and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad during your DTS.
10802NAT – Discipleship Training School
On completion of all 6 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship.
DSPREL001 – Develop relationship with God
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully respond to the truth that God makes Himself known to all people and to God’s grace in initiating relationship. It requires the ability to gain life-changing understanding of who God is and how He communicates through the Bible, prayer, and worship in order to adjust beliefs and behaviours.
DSPDCCC002 – Develop Christian Character
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make responsible decisions that bring joy to God and glorify Him in response to God’s holiness, lordship and love. It requires the ability to live in right relationship with God and others. It also requires the ability to recognise Jesus’ authority and respond in surrender and dependence in all areas of life.
DSPYWM003 – Contribute to a Youth With a Mission community
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully contribute to an international, apostolic missions community of Youth With A Mission. It requires the ability to understand Youth With A Mission’s purpose, beliefs and values to make a positive contribution to the community. It also requires the ability to live in right relationship with God, authorities and others.
DSPSPA004 – Practice spiritual authority
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to exercise the authority every believer has to make a significant contribution for spiritual breakthrough. It requires the ability to walk in spiritual authority through intercession, worship and strategic prayer. It also requires the ability to recognise the activity and influence of Satan and the authority given to every believer through Jesus Christ.
DSPEVA005 – Contribute to evangelism
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully proclaim the truth that God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ. It requires the ability to communicate God’s truth in a way that demonstrates His character. It also requires the ability to show God’s love through acts of compassion.
DSPPCM006 – Participate in a Christian missions outreach team
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make a meaningful contribution towards the completion of the Great Commission through serving in a Christian missions team. It requires the ability to engage in the preparation of and participation in team activities in a variety of settings. It also requires the ability to adjust to another culture and review outreach activities.
The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.
*for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth student allowance is available for Australian applicants.
Discipleship Bible School
Course topics include:
- God’s redemptive plan
- Inductive Bible study
- Old Testament overview
- New Testament overview
- Understanding the historical background
- Bible study tools to aid discipleship
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