Spend a Year Doing Missions

YWAM Louisville's 10-Month Missions-Focused Gap Year

First Five Months: Discipleship and Missions

Our Gap Year is packed with powerful teaching and in-depth discipleship.  It starts with what we call Discipleship Training School (DTS).  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 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 Southeast Asia, North Africa, Brazil, and Albania.

January 2023 DTS Class Pic-080

Second Five Months: Leadership Training and Missions

Once your first five months are complete, you have the option of making the Gap Year a full year of experience by returning for leadership training and another 2 month's mission trip. This five-month is fully loaded with practical tools for ministry and growth in leadership ability. We call this part of the Gap Year School Of Ministry Development (SOMD).

Our goal is that you'll leave equipped with tools to make you effective in whatever God leads you to do! Whether that's full-time ministry, more schooling, or 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 refining 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

In Depth Discipleship

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.

Travel The World

Get sent out to share the Gospel with people who may never have heard the name of Jesus. Get immersed in another culture and have opportunities to serve and share. You could end up in locations such as Southeast Asia, Mexico, Northern Africa, and more.


Leave our gap year with a toolbox full of tools to make you effective in ministry, no matter where God calls you.

More Than Just Knowledge

Going to college/university can be a helpful tool in preparing for a career, but what if you want to:

Grow In Maturity

Life Experience & Skill Development

Travel & Adventure

Purpose & Discover Passions

In our Gap Year, you will be discipled, develop your passions, & learn that there is a purpose for your life.

Don’t lose time you can’t take back by studying courses you didn’t need or want to take, or spending money on textbooks that you will never need. Instead of learning more book knowledge that you might never use again (except for the odd trivia night), give yourself the opportunity to try something different. 

Don’t settle for what everyone else is doing. Be strategic.

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