Mature gap year students in their faith as they step into a more-independent phase of life, and to provide an opportunity away from the ‘hometown’ for students to grow in their understanding of their secure identity in Jesus and how that shapes all of life.
Provide students with training and experience in different kinds of word ministry (e.g. Cornhill, SRE teaching, 1-1 Bible reading, Bible talks, etc.) in order to equip them for a lifetime of serving Jesus (whether as church members or paid church workers).
Develop more connections between Bible-believing churches in Australia and the UK. These connections have proved so valuable in the past as pastors have sharpened one another and congregation members have welcomed each other on both sides of the world. We want to see this continue into the next generation.
Long term, we would love to see:
Many students sent between Australia and the UK each year.
Students further grounded in the faith and equipped for a lifetime of ministry (whether paid or unpaid).
Students returning to study at Moore College and doing student ministry at St Thomas’.
Students welcoming people they met in Australia to their churches when they return to the UK (and vice-versa for Australian students).
Host families blessed, especially as younger family members look up to gap year students as role models while they host them, and for years to come.
The program starts in mid-January and runs for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. Host families provide a place to stay, three meals a day and a caring family that is interested in your growth.
You’ll volunteer two days a week at church, helping with things like children’s ministries, youth ministries, 1-1 Bible reading and teaching Scripture in local schools (you’ll receive training for all of these).
You will also:
We expect you’ll have lots of questions! The FAQs below might assist in providing some of the answers or please send an email to the program coordinator if you need any further information.