Gap semester Experience
what its all about
Like most Christians, you’ve studied the Bible, heard lots of sermons, and gone to camps and conferences, yet you still hunger for a deeper experience with God. You don’t want to just believe, but make a difference in the world.
Entermission is dedicated to helping you do this by guiding and coaching you in your spiritual development, within the context of community, while also providing practical, hands-on training in disciple-making that will last your entire life.
application deadline: June 1st, 2024
"I'm interested but am not able to do the international component. Can I just do the first semester?" Of course!
Not everyone can take the full year, but if you are willing, you can still participate in our community-based training and our US ministry experience. If you are between the age of 17-25 EnterMission could be your next step.
Our gap semester is optimal for students who want to be deeply shaped in relationship with God, who want to learn how to live on mission in all areas of their lives, and who want to step away for a short season to learn how to live into God's vision for their lives more fully.
1 semester - 2 phases
Community and Concept Building
During our first phase, students come together at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Here, students share common experiences, set rhythms of communal life, study the life of Jesus, and learn to implement core concepts that will carry on throughout the year.
U.S. Tour and Experience
During our second phase, students travel the U.S. (and occasionally across boarders) to connect with and experience life at ministries across the country. We visit a variety of ministries which tend to include, but are not limited to: inner-city, children's homes and orphanages, Native American reservations, and working at ICOM (The International Conference on Missions).
We believe in good goodbyes. Entermission invites all participants in our gap semester program to rejoin our group in May to take part in our graduation ceremony. This is a full week that includes debriefing from time overseas for some students, and the program as a whole for all students. We recommend this aspect of the program as a way to honor the life change that has taken place in each individual student, and the community as a whole.
Carlos, gap semester 2021
I’ve learned to understand God as Creator, through this I began to see his creation as artwork. I have learned to look for his image in the people around me, his fingerprint in nature, his handiwork in the landscape, be it a busy urban street or a tranquil clearing in the woods his presence is evident if I simply look
Entermission pairs each student with a mentor for weekly meetings, encouragement, and challenge. We offer this time for growth and guidance as we believe students flourish in spaces that allow them to reflect and process outside of their everyday experiences with us.
Entermission offers all sorts of exposure to the world and what God is doing in it. Each year our team prays and connects with various ministry partners to find the different stops we believe God has for us. We don't just want student to have an experience, but to experience what God has for them.
Who You are
Entermisison's Gap Year experience is first and foremost an invitation to join our learning community as we relentlessly chase after Jesus. Our program is not about taking a year off, but about putting a year in. Our goal is to invest in you as a student, as a disciple, and as a young adult.
We seek to connect you to God and who He's created you to be. The question you're most likely asking is "what will I do next," we'd suggest a better question is, "who am i becoming?" We believe that no matter what direction you choose after the program, God will place you, as he already has, within a web of interconnected relationships for the purpose of fulfilling your role as a conduit to him. All of your ministry, all of your mission, all of the ways God will call you to partner with him will flow from the unique identity He has gifted you with.