7 Reasons To Take a Gap-Year With Us

 

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Having been around for decades in Europe, Gap-Year is only now becoming a known term in the great old US of A. There is a reason it works and here are 7 of many reasons for you to do a gap-year with us.

 

1. Grow in Relationship with God
The 360 Experience is designed to provide a rich environment for you to be able to get to know God. This is accomplished through various teachings on the Christian life, consistent times of worship and prayer, personal mentorship, community discipleship, structured quiet times, Bible based assignments, and much more. This will be perhaps the only time in your life when you get to devote all of your time to simply growing in God and developing yourself through Him.

 

2. Know Who You Are
The Bible says we are made in the image of God. The more you get to know Him the more you will find out about yourself. During your time with The 360 Experience, you will have the ability to discover who God created you to be and find your identity in Him. We also place an emphasis on practical self-discovery and development. You will cultivate your passions and strengths as well as learn how to allow what you do flow from who you are.

  

3. Save Time & Money
The average college tuition costs roughly $30,000 a year. 80% of college students change their major at least once, and on average students change their major up to THREE times! That is an extra cost of $30-80,000! Less than half of college graduates say their college education was worth the time and money. Taking a gap year will allow you to discover who you are and develop your passion and identity in a safe environment. With a greater understanding of who you are and what your place is in the world, you will be more prepared to go to college and focus on what you want to do! 

 
 
4. Life Experience 
You will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set aside 9 months of your life simply to pursue God and explore life with Him. You will gain practical experience in evangelism, ministry, fitness, arts, cooking, humanitarian aid, running a home, leadership, and more. You will also gain deep lasting relationships, step out of your comfort zone, try new things, learn a lot, and see the world.
 
 

5. Develop Your Self
Self development seems to have become a rather popular undertaking these days. We value Biblical self development and are committed to helping you grow as a Christian and as a young adult. Above all, this is a dedicated time for God to reveal Himself to you and in turn, help you grow into who He created you to be. Using resources such as Gallups Strengthsfinder, DISC Profile, Meyers Briggs, and others, you will get to find out your personality traits, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and how you interact with the world. This will help you to determine what you want to do with your life and how you can succeed.

 

6. Setup Your Future for Success
60% of young adult Christians fall away from the faith once they go to college. You don’t have to be part of this statistic. Devoting a year of your life to growing a stronger faith and relationship with God will equip you to successfully navigate through your college career and the rest of your life as a Christian. An alarming less than 1 in 5 young adults have any idea why the Bible is important and applicable to every day life. We believe the Bible is vital for the Christian life and have incorporated Biblical Worldview teaching into our curriculum. You will also gain practical teaching and training that will prepare you for the adult life, such as money management, marriage & family, work ethic, conflict resolution, communication, and more.

 

7. Help Change the World
During your time in The 360 Experience you will get to participate in various local relief and overseas outreach efforts. You will get to be part of helping to rebuild homes for Hurricane Sandy victims in NY, reach out to the local communities around Maine, and spend two months in a third-world nation. You will get to provide homes for those who lost them, bring hope to those who are hungry, fight human injustices, share the Gospel with those who have never heard the name of Jesus, and be equipped to fulfill the Great Commission wherever you go in life. 

 

Sources:
US NEWS – HUFFINGTON POST – LAVERNE UNIVERSITY – BARNA – AMERICAN GAP
NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS – INSTITUTE OF EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
HARVARD EDUCATION

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