What makes GAP unique?
- Exposure to a diverse team of teachers.
- Engagement in experiential learning: trades; craftsmanship; outdoors; home management; parenting; marriage; budgets; discipleship; evangelism; ministry; career coaching; basic etiquette; communication (spoken, written, body language, etc.); growing, processing, and harvesting food; cooking; fitness; hobbies; and much more. Activities vary within each program.
- Immersion into the life and heart of Denton Bible Church
- Support and guidance from Denton Bible Church members and leaders
If my child gets accepted into college, will they be able to delay their acceptance?
Each college or university will have different policies as it pertains to delayed or deferred acceptance. It will be up to the students and parents to determine if their college or university of choice is willing to delay or defer acceptance or admittance. Generally, there are fewer universities that will allow a student to defer acceptance, which means that a GAP Year student will more than likely need to reapply to their college or university of choice DURING completion of the 9-month program.
This resource may be helpful, but not exhaustive: https://gapyearassociation.org/fav-colleges.php
Who is a prime candidate for GAP?
GAP is for any graduating high school senior who is driven, hungry, and exhausted with what the world defines and offers as true success, and instead wants to discover God’s Alternative Program for life (i.e. stewardship, faithfulness, and honor lived out in every sphere of their influence). Students who believe in follow-through, can handle schedule pressures, and are eager to learn and be challenged are prime candidates for the GAP Program.
Who teaches GAP?
The primary instructors are: Drew Anderson (Leadership), Tommy Nelson (Bible), Charles Stolfus (Worldview), Bruce Amason (Biblical Manhood), Christie Faulkner (Biblical Womanhood), Robert Zeinstra (Cultural Engagement), Garry Landreth (Communication), Gordon Nickell (Guys’ Sexuality and Purity), and Amy Bruton (Girls’ Biblical Relationships). In addition, there are a variety of instructors including subject-matter experts, trained professionals, and experienced volunteers. Students should be flexible and willing to learn from a variety of instructors utilizing different instructional methods.
What are the requirements for GAP admission?
Admission requirements include:
- Believing faith in Christ
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Students must be 18 years of age by the start of GAP.
- Insured, reliable vehicle for everyday transportation. You and/or your parents must be in a position to deal with any mechanical issues promptly so program participation is not hindered.
- Funds to cover personal living and travel expenses of at least $300 per month.
- Medical insurance
- No active dating.
- Willingness to abstain from individualized screen time including, but not limited to, video games, social media platforms, and streaming entertainment.
What does the admissions process look like?
Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. We value quality over quantity, and as such, at this point in the program’s development, there are a limited number of slots available. Follow the steps below to begin your journey toward acceptance in Denton Bible’s GAP Life-Leadership Program:
- Step 1: Complete the on-line application (allow at least 1 hour to complete). Once you submit the application, you will receive an email with instructions for step 2.
- Step 2: Personal Interview Allow 2 weeks for GAP staff to schedule a personal interview. Once the interview is completed, the Admissions Team will make a final decision regarding your status (acceptance/denial) into the program and communicate this information to you.
- Step 3: Pre Arrival Course Each accepted student will be added to an online pre arrival course, and will be expected to complete the assignments, training, and tasks before the program begins.
How much does the program cost?
The tuition fee for the 9-month program is $3,500 and includes:
- 12 Books
- 9 Month Leadership Curriculum
- Field trips
- Career/Life Coaching
- Intentional Mentorship/Discipleship
- The Heart & Life of Denton Bible Church
Additionally, students are required to have access to a minimum of $300 per month. This money can be earned through part-time work (see cautionary answer to FAQ below), or the funds can be provided by parents or supporters. Parents/supporters are encouraged to set up a personal account for the student that they are expected to manage. Some budgetary training will be covered in the context of the program, but funds management is a skill that is highly encouraged.
Students must also have a dependable, insured vehicle as well as health insurance. There may be some small clothing expenses that relate to the various outings, however, the monthly $300 should be enough to cover these expenses.
See also the question on “housing options.”
Are scholarships available?
Currently, there are no scholarships available for the program. Prospective students and parents need to prayerfully consider the financial requirements of GAP. In addition to having an insured, reliable vehicle, students will need to have a minimum of $300 per month to cover miscellaneous living and program expenses. These funds can be earned by the student while working a part-time job that is flexible and willing to accommodate program activities. If at any point working begins to interfere with program participation, students will be expected to cut back on their work schedule to prioritize the program. Tuition is $3,500 per student.
Students are encouraged to use this opportunity of paying for tuition to seek financial support from friends and family. The reason we make this recommendation is to invite your friends and family to invest in your discipleship journey.
What are student housing options?
- Gap Host Families
- By application and only once there is program acceptance
- Priority will be given to out of state students OR students with burdensome commute times
- Very limited slot availability
- Students would be placed with Host Families based upon need and selection
- Room and board would be covered by the Host Family
- Living at Home
- The student would also have a DBC Host Family Sponsor, and they would agree to meet once/week over a meal and once/month over a fun activity together
- Student Arranged Housing
- Room and board would be provided by local friend or family.
- Rental housing is covered by the student.
Are students able to work in addition to their GAP responsibilities?
Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. However, work can not interfere with program attendance and requirements. Students may use part-time employment to offset the $300 monthly requirement, however, if the student can not successfully balance work along with the rigorous program requirements, the student will be asked to step away from employment, but the requirement to have access to $300 in monthly funds remains in place. NOTE: Because of the vibrant and heavy GAP schedule, finding part-time work may be a challenge especially during the first months of transition away from home.
Is GAP accredited?
GAP is not accredited and is not intended to replace a college degree. It is an intense discipleship and educational experience designed to accelerate student life-leadership development. At the conclusion of the year, GAP students will have a certificate of completion, letters of recommendation, godly relationships, depth of character, a holistic life plan, life philosophies, and confidence in their next life steps.
Can I take college classes while a student in GAP?
Yes, students may take 1 online class per semester.
How will GAP students be involved in and around Denton Bible Church?
The following is a link to the doctrinal statement of Denton Bible. The applicant should have substantial agreement with the doctrines and statements expressed:
GAP students will be highly involved in the life of Denton Bible. They will experience church life on a very real and practical level as they attend: Sunday services, church-wide gatherings/events, meals with DBC families, and serve in various ministries that give a glimpse into the life of a church. Placement in various service opportunities will be another facet of the program intended to grow students in life experiences. We will seek to understand each GAP student’s spiritual gifting and temperament, and subsequently provide correlating opportunities for them to invest those gifts in a DBC ministry. At other times, students will be challenged to grow and serve outside of their comfort zone.
Will there be retreats and excursions?
Students will experience various off-site retreats which include outdoors, adventure, and leadership challenges.
What is the standard of fitness needed prior to starting GAP?
- A licensed healthcare professional must perform an athletic physical and clear you for participation.
- It is highly recommended that you pursue an active lifestyle prior to the program.
What is the purpose of GAP fitness, and what should I expect?
GAP fitness teaches general facts, behaviors, and benefits of healthy living for the purpose of creating a lifestyle that leads to a longer duration of impact wherever God leads the student in their unique sphere of influence. GAP fitness covers a spectrum of physical fitness philosophies. These consist of but are not limited to, pushups, pullups, sprints, distant runs, plyometrics, self-defense, and calisthenics.
Is physical fitness required?
Yes, with accommodations as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Will I be required to workout regularly?
Yes, every GAP student is required to workout together during scheduled fitness days. Attendance is taken for all GAP scheduled sessions/events including group fitness training days. GAP has a code of conduct that students are expected to uphold therefore passive or non-participation is not an option.
What does a typical GAP week look like?