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Take A Year To Do Missions

Our Gap Year is a program for high school or college graduates seeking a transformative adventure before/after they go to college or pursue a future career path. During this full-year program, students interact with experienced missionaries who cover topics that will challenge and help grow any person’s relationship with Jesus. With the mission field as their classroom, Gap Year students emerge with an expanded world view, a sharper sense of perspective on missions, and strong communication skills that will prepare them for college, career and/or lifelong success in missions.

First Five Months: Discipleship Training School (DTS)

DTS is packed with powerful teaching and in-depth discipleship.  You’ll learn all about who Jesus is and how to be more like him as you grow with others in a Christ-centered community.

Once you know, then you get to go! God created you with a purpose and part of that purpose is introducing others to the life-giving hope of who Jesus is. The program includes a two-month mission trip. Countries we have recently gone to are Vietnam, Egypt, India, and Peru.

Second Five Months: School of Ministry Development (SOMD)

Once your DTS is complete, you have the option of making the Gap Year a full year experience by returning for our School of Ministry Development (SOMD). The SOMD is a follow-up school to the DTS, fully loaded with practical tools for ministry and growth in leadership ability.

Our goal is that you’ll leave SOMD full of tools to make you effective in ministry, college, or in the workplace.

  • Understand Jesus' strategy to reach the world through discipleship
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Dream with God about your life's calling and start fleshing out a strategy to reach your goals
  • Learn to minister to people's deepest needs
  • Discover how God has uniquely shaped you in your giftings, personality, and passions

Why Louisville?


Our training takes you deep, rooting you in the truth of God’s Word and helping you grow in his love as you encounter him in real, practical ways.


We’re known for how we love one another. You’ll feel like you’re part of the family – because you are! Together we are a Family Army.


We’ll work with you to develop skill and confidence in raising funds for ministry, so don’t let the cost hold you back.

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