After 20 years of working in International Missions, John and Trudy Cathy White recognized an increasing need for equipping young adults in the area of godly leadership. Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.
Aware that many people choose to abandon their faith when unable to explain or defend it against advocates of secular humanism and other misguided worldviews, the Whites began searching for ways to combat this critical shift in ideas and lifestyle occurring amongst college age students.
In September of 2006, Impact 360 Gap Year was born. The inaugural Gap Year class of 18 students became pioneers in the world of academic gap year programs, studying Christian Worldview, living in community, and practicing servant leadership amongst their peers locally and internationally.
Gap Year is now celebrating the tenth year of the program, and has had more than 284 graduates from 23 different states, four countries, and various educational backgrounds, creating a web of motivated “changers” on college campuses across the US, and in the world marketplace. Today, Impact 360 Institute offers students and young professionals from all walks of life transformative worldview and leadership experiences like Impact 360 Gap Year, Impact 360 Immersion, and Impact 360 Masters. Lifeshape, Inc. continues to play a vital supporting role through such activities as providing grants for Gap Year students needing financial assistance. You can donate to this fund and help a student by clicking here.
Because all truth is God’s truth we reject the idea that reality is to be carved up into the artificial categories of sacred and secular. As Christ-followers we are called to live every aspect of our lives under God’s authority and for God’s glory. Classical thinkers referred to this as Coram Deo (literally “before the face of God”). How we think and how we live go together.
Know why you believe.
Classroom studies and life-affecting experience will help you come to understand the nature of God, and how to see the Bible as the standard of Truth for your faith, life, and work.
Be who God created you to be.
Now is the time to seek God’s vision for your future, and through leadership training, personal assessment and community, we help light the path of discovery.
Live what you learn.
Change only comes with action, and we want you to bring the Impact 360 mission to life, whether serving on campus, in your hometown, or on the other side of the world.