Starting Fall 2018, Cru is launching our first ever Gap Year missions. A Global Gap Year is a 9-month adventure that will transform lives, give opportunities to trust God in greater ways, and to share the Gospel with high school students across the globe.
Recent high school grads will spend 2 months of personal training and development in Orlando followed by 3 months each in Africa and South America, working alongside Cru high school ministries in each country.
- Do you know high school students who would be a good fit for this mission? They can indicate their interest here and high school’s Global Missions team will provide them more information.
- Would you be interested in leading a gap year team?
Did you know that
- Only 56% of all students entering college graduate with a degree within six years?
- Or that an estimated 75% of all college students change majors at least once. Many as much as three times.
- Or that 30 % of all freshmen drop out of college after the first year?
- (Statistics come from the collegeatlas.org and American Gap Association.)
A few colleges support gap years. According to their websites, Harvard encourages students to defer enrollment for one year to take a gap year. And Princeton offers a Bridge Year Program that allows students to engage in a 9-month University sponsored international service project.
Why a Gap Year
- To pursue other passions.
- A chance to regroup and rediscover.
- Find clarity about the future.
- Help to develop a worldview.
- Help alleviate academic burnout.
- Improved career opportunities.
Benefits of a Gap Year
- Better prepared for college.
- Better sense of self.
- A more focused student.
- Typically higher GPA’s.
- Better problem solving skills.
- Better chance of graduating in 4 years.
- Tend not to change majors.
Obviously, the high school ministry will benefit from their participation, as they will help launch new high school movements and provide lift to existing ministries. But Gap Year team members will benefit from the training they will receive in evangelism, discipleship and movement launching, and personally from this rich development experience.
Fall Coaching Tips
- Andy Stanley’s Looking for the Uniquely Better.
- Beginning the Year Checklist.
- A tension: Only the interested or every person?
- Next Steps with the Each and the Every.
- Can Incoming Freshmen Launch?
- Caring for our People.
- The Network Map.
- The First Coaching Call.
- Collaborative Discipleship.
- Developing Leaders with Different Personalities.
- Two Simple Leadership Development Constructs.
- How to Finish When You Can’t See the Finish Line.
- Uh oh! Now what?
- Key Volunteer Challenge.
- Launch Week Side Benefits.
- A Launch Trip Offers Team Benefits.
- Advent Devotionals.
- December Checklist.
- Mention Spring Break Opportunities Now.