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YWAM Gap Year

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Want to Know God Better?

The YWAM Gap Year Program offers you to draw close to God and adventure. You’ll join others who have the same passion as you: to know God more fully. You will learn and grow as you’re taught from scripture, as you worship and pray, and as you spend time doing life with others in our missionary community.

And you’ll take that passion to the nations, sharing the love of Jesus with others, even as you’re discovering it more and more for yourself.

First Six Months: Grow

with Discipleship Training School (DTS)

Discipleship Training School is a life-changing five-month program that builds a solid foundation of personal growth and relationship with Jesus. It starts with twelve weeks of biblical teaching, real-life application, and ongoing discipleship, all geared towards helping you know God better. Then you’ll take your growing love for Jesus and share it with others on an eight-week overseas mission trip.

Whether you’re passionate about sports, music, or simply knowing Jesus, we have a DTS that’s perfect for you:

Discipleship Training School Electives


Music & Worship

Honor God with your musical gifts, hone your worship-leading skills, learn about the lifestyle of worship, and explore the intersection of worship and missions.

Cultural Encounter DTS

Cultural Encounter

Get strategic! Learn about engaging those from cultures and religions who have had little or no access to the Gospel.



Grow as a visual artist while you grow in Jesus, and learn how to use your artistic gifts in worship and ministry.



Learn God’s character, discover who He’s made you to be, and take the Gospel to the nations.

Basketball DTS


Improve your game, grow in godly character as an athlete, and use your basketball skills to break down barriers and connect with people who need Jesus.



Let your God-given influence flourish as you learn from seasoned leaders and the greatest leader in history: Jesus

Second: Be Equipped

in the School of Ministry Development (SOMD)

Once your DTS is complete, you have the option of making your christian gap year a whole year by returning for our School of Ministry Development. The SOMD is a follow-up school to the DTS, fully loaded with practical tools for ministry and growth in leadership ability. It’s a hands-on course designed to help you discover God’s call on your life and equip you for your future.

Like the DTS, the SOMD includes a twelve-week classroom phase and an eight-week outreach, this time with an additional emphasis on leadership.

Don't Sweat the Schedule

Heading back to school the following fall? Don’t worry! We'd love to work with you to help you complete your YWAM Gap Year while accommodating your schedule.

Get in touch with us for more information. We’d love to help you figure out whether YWAM Louisville’s Gap Year is the best fit for your gap year.

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