Ready to live a life of transforming influence? Leave your comfort zone and take this journey of discipleship through adventure. Grow in character and find perspective through the challenges of the Montana wilderness, biblical study, leadership, and cross-cultural engagement.
This 8 month gap year program is based in the rugged mountains of western Montana. We invite you as high school graduates and young adults to prepare for the future God has for you by stepping into life in the "adventure zone." As a close community you will explore the pristine mountains and rivers of Montana through backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more.
As you journey from the trail to the rock and into the classroom you will be challenged to apply the lessons learned in these environments to your life so that you can be transformed into the person God has called you to be. In each of these experiences you'll be taught the skills you need to know and you will even have opportunities to lead others through the same adventures. You will also further your training with a certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and by planning and leading a 3 week backpacking trip in the desert.
Along with the wilderness component of Journey there is an emphasis on biblical teaching through time in the classroom. Class time pairs with the adventure component to help you learn to think critically about your own life, faith, culture, and world. The concepts learned in the classroom inform how we live our lives. As a part of this process, you will also spend time in the city interacting with both Christian and secular organizations to understand the values and worldviews that lie behind different organizations and approaches to serving communities, better equipping you to live wisely as God's servant in these times.
You will also get to experience the beauty and challenge of traveling cross-culturally with an extended trip to southern Mexico. Along with learning from the culture and people, this experience will help you to identify your own cultural blind spots, gaining deeper insight into your own faith and cultural assumptions which so easily affect all of us.
Throughout the entire course of Journey you will be living in close community with your fellow classmates. The program is structured in small groups of 8 students where you will grow close friendships and learn to live out what it means to love, forgive, challenge, encourage, and commit to one another through thick and thin. Each of these small groups will be led by 2 facilitators who will help the team process their learning throughout the entire 8 months. We're sure that as you give yourself to this journey you will find it to be life transforming, laying a solid foundation for your life and future. We hope you join us in the call to leave the well worn path. Take the Journey.
Cost and Session Information
Journey is a 2 semester program lasting from the end of August through the end of April, with a break between Thanksgiving and New Years. The cost of the program is $11,956.