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Accepting Applications 1/1/22

CONFIDENCE

GAP is rooted in the Word of God, equipping young women with disciplined confidence in the spiritual, personal, and relational areas of life.

COURAGE

GAP cultivates distinctive courage enabling young women to be faithful, adventurous, and to press on regardless of her circumstances.

CALLING

The program develops strong young women through a purposeful calling of biblical womanhood and servant-hearted service.

BIBLE

Studies show that young women today are grappling to find their identity and yet have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. 1

GAP will expand students understanding of God’s Word while following the Biblical model presented throughout Proverb 31.

1 Kinnaman & Morley, 2020 [Link]

CAREER

Young women today are spiritually adrift. Only 4% have a Biblical worldview.2

Our culture is making every effort to define the identity of young adults apart from the Bible, and GAP gives foundational training to counterbalance this impact.

2 Barna & Kinnaman, 2018 [Link]

LIFE

More than previous generations, today's young women struggle with anxiety, worry, and loneliness. 3

GAP exposes students to authentic relationships with peers, families, and a diverse set of instructors. This Biblically based, holistic approach can translate into TRUE SUCCESS.

3 APA, 2018 [Link];
Piore, 2019 [Link]

LIFE SKILLS

Research shows that most young women lack the basic skills needed to navigate life as a capable adult. 4

GAP provides exposure to an array of skills needed to navigate life, family, college and career.

4 Barna, 2020; [Link]
Feinman, 2017 [Link]

vision

GOD'S ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

Started in 2019 by Drew Anderson and Tom Nelson, GAP is 9-months of life-leadership training to holistically prepare and equip young adults for TRUE SUCCESS in college, career, family, and life.

This program specifically targets graduating high school seniors and serves as an alternative to heading straight to college or career from high school.

EXPECTED GROWTH...CRAWL, WALK, RUN

In 2019, GAP began at Denton Bible Church as 6 young men were accepted into the program, and GAP Leadership finalized the curriculum and coordinated events for the year. Our “crawl” year had begun!  In May of 2021, the second class of 7 GAP Guys from around the country completed the program, and our “walk” year gave the ministry additional valuable insight on how to grow and enrich the program. By the fall of 2021, GAP Guys were ready to “run”, and a new, parallel program for young women was also launched.
GAP’s vision is to holistically engage students by: challenging them with knowledge (head), cultivating life-skills (hands), and exposing them to authentic relationships with peers, host families, diverse instructors, and the DBC family (heart). The GAP Ministry Team is excited to welcome the dozens of young adults who will join the program in the coming years!

OVERVIEW OF THE GAP PROGRAM
(STUDENTS' PERSPECTIVE)

VISION FOR THE GAP PROGRAM
BY PASTOR TOM NELSON

GAP GIRLS LOGO

The GAP Girls logo features a companion “G” that is encircled in gold and green. The leaves reflect the potential for growth the program offers young women, and gold symbolizes the precious nature of a well-rounded young lady who has found her true identity in Christ. The “G” is strong, yet delicate, reflecting that GAP Girls will learn how to clothe themselves in strength & dignity while also learning how to smile at their future. (Proverbs 31:25)

The Program

The foundation of God’s Alternative Program (GAP) is the Bible. Period. All teaching will be from the foundation of a biblical worldview that establishes true identity and humility within each student. Our culture is making every effort to define the identity of young adults apart from the Bible, and GAP is taking it back.

Each student will be equipped in the following areas:

  • Bible
  • Worldview
  • Apologetics
  • Church History
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • The Home
  • The Church
  • The Workplace
  • The Culture
  • Creation Care
  • Biblical Womanhood
  • Life & Personal Leadership

To put it another way, we will teach you: true biblical theology, personal finances, healthy family life, care for God’s creation, essential life skills, effective communication, leadership skills for the church, work and family, healthy church life, work ethics, physical health and fitness, various trades, and ministry service.

GAP MISSION

Equipping Young Adults to Build a Life of TRUE SUCCESS

WHY GAP?

You’re disenchanted with what the world defines and offers as true success, and you want to discover God’s Alternative Program for your life. Give us 9 months and we’ll give you back the rest of your life!

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any 2022 female high school graduate who will be 18 years old by 9/1/22

GAP TUITION INVESTMENT

$3,500 per student. Your investment includes:

  • 12 Books
  • 9 Month Leadership Curriculum
  • Excursions (eg. camping and backpacking trips)
  • Retreats (leadership experiences & development)
  • Career/Life Coaching (focusing on teaching self-awareness)
  • Intentional Mentorship/Discipleship
  • The Heart & Life of Denton Bible Church
  • Tools for Success (sewing machine, backpacking equipment, cooking tools, clothing, etc.)

CORE VALUES

The core values guiding the discipleship process for young women in the program are confidence, courage, and calling.

CONFIDENCE
  • Spiritual — Bible study, prayer, and investing gifts in the Church
  • Personal — personality, body image, role, abilities
  • Relational — family, friends, the church body, dating, marriage, motherhood
  • Discipline — finances, emotions, communication, and more
COURAGE
  • Distinctive — courage to be different in a fallen world
  • Faithful — perseverance despite struggle
  • Adventurous — courage to try new things, life-long learning
  • Perseverant — pressing on despite circumstances
CALLING
  • Contented – pursuing contentment in each season of life
  • Cultivating – developing and bearing fruit in many areas of life
  • Balanced – vocation and skill acquisition inside and outside the home; goal setting, resiliency, time management, common sense
  • Servant-Hearted – giving of self to others, serving the Body

Instructors & Leaders

DREW ANDERSON

Program Director

Drew oversees GAP and is the Marriage and Family Pastor at Denton Bible Church.

TOM NELSON

Instructor

Tom is the head pastor of Denton Bible Church and is a key instructor in DBC's discipleship programs.

CHARLES STOLFUS

Instructor

Charles is the executive pastor of Denton Bible Church and is the head of our Lay Institute.

CHRISTIE FAULKNER

GAP Girls Coordinator

Christie serves GAP Girls and American Heritage Girls at Denton Bible Church to know, love, and serve God with confidence, courage, and calling.

FAQs

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—church investment and fit, career coaching, basic etiquette, communication (spoken, written, body language, etc.), growing, processing, and harvesting food, farming, 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 a 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 GAP.

Who teaches GAP?

The primary instructors for the coed classes are: Drew Anderson (Life), Tommy Nelson (Bible), and Charles Stolfus (Worldview). GAP Girls will be taught Biblical Womanhood by Christie Faulkner. The life skills teaching team includes Denton Bible Church staff, marketplace leaders, and ministry and life experts from a variety of fields.

Students should be flexible and willing to learn from a variety of instructors utilizing different instructional methods.

What will GAP use as its curriculum?

We will use the DBC curriculum for the following areas: Bible, Worldview, Apologetics, Church History, & Systematic Theology.

What are the requirements for GAP admission?

Admission requirements include:

  1. Believing faith in Christ
  2. 18 years old by 9/1/2022
  3. High school diploma or equivalent
  4. Students must be 18 years of age by the start of GAP.
  5. Involvement in a church family for at least six months (does not have to be Denton Bible).
  6. 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.
  7. Funds to cover personal living and travel expenses of at least $300 per month.
  8. Medical insurance
  9. A positive attitude that is willing to learn, be challenged, and submit to authority.
  10. A commitment to participate in 100% of the GAP activities.
  11. Mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual hunger to commit to the GAP Girls life-leadership training standards (fitness, reading assignments, and punctuality).
  12. Refrain from active dating during the program. From time to time a date is allowed once per semester.
  13. Refrain from the internet and social media for the 1st month of GAP. Refrain from video games throughout the program timeframe (except during vacation breaks).
  14. Complete the Pre-arrival Checklist requirements prior to start of program.

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.
Once you are accepted, you will be asked to sign a Letter of Commitment. Additionally, you will be provided a Pre-arrival Checklist that will need to be completed before your arrival.

How much does the program cost?

The tuition fee for the 9-month program is $3,500.

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.

What are student housing options?

GAP offers three options for student housing:

  1. Gap Host Families
    • By application 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
  2. Living at Home
    • The parent(s) of the student would agree to be part of the monthly Host Family meetings
    • 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
  3. Other Rental Housing
    • The student would have a Host Family Sponsor, and they would agree to meet once/week over a meal and once/month over a fun activity together
    • Room and board would be covered by the student
    • Arrangements made by 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 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, and 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:

https://dentonbible.org/about-us/what-we-believe/

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. Additionally, GAP students will actively engage in community-oriented ministries. 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 should expect to have retreats as well as a few other outing opportunities throughout the GAP year. The first will be at the conclusion of Orientation Week. Girls will also go on overnight camping and backpacking trips.

Is there a standard of fitness I need to be in prior to starting GAP?

No, student fitness will be assessed at the beginning of the program.

What is the purpose of GAP fitness, and what should I expect?

Following the assessment, program fitness goals will be set. Preparation may include training in: proper nutrition, self-defense, a half marathon, and backpacking.

I have a pre-existing condition or injury.  Will that prevent me from acceptance?

No. An assessment will be made based on your GAP application and interview. Accommodations will be made for pre-existing conditions, health issues, and prior injuries. Instructors will modify fitness goals to help you succeed while in the program as well as help develop behaviors that will translate into a real lifestyle pattern!

Will I be required to workout regularly?

Yes, every GAP student is required to workout together during scheduled fitness days and on their own. 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?

The primary instructors for the coed classes are: Drew Anderson (Life), Tommy Nelson (Bible), and Charles Stolfus (Worldview). GAP Girls will be taught Biblical Womanhood by Christie Faulkner. Life Skills sessions will be more program-specific and taught separately. Some life skills may be taught together depending on the topic. Physical Fitness training is a key component of the life skills curriculum. Guys and girls will have independent training sessions designed to cultivate a healthier lifestyle.

The life skills teaching team includes Denton Bible Church staff, marketplace leaders, and ministry and life experts from a variety of fields.

Students will have the opportunity for time away from the program to work or pursue course work for a college class.

Below is the ideal week framework (subject to change):

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Applications will be considered in the order they are received. We value quality over quantity, and as such, at this point in the GAP Program’s development, there are a limited number of slots of acceptance. Once your application is submitted, please allow a 2-week turn around for us to review and process our decision for your acceptance or denial to the GAP Program.

For more information call
Christie Faulkner //