Gap Year | Impact 360 Institute

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Impact 360 Gap Year is a 9 month Christian worldview and leadership experience located in Pine Mountain, GA for students 18-20 years of age.


Impact 360 Institute’s Gap Year is an academic gap-year experience with the mission of equipping members of future generations to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Each academic year, up to 40 students from across the nation are selected for Gap Year based on leadership and the desire to grow in faith and understanding of God’s purpose for their life.

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Fall Preview Days are October 2, October 24, November 13 and December 4. Email [email protected] for more information and to register.

Course Topics

Public Communication (3 hours)

Public Communication provides the theoretical foundation and practical application necessary for effective public speaking. This course focuses on oral communication skills with an emphasis on organization, audience adaptation, message construction, and nonverbal communication. Additional topics include effective listening and evaluation.

Principles of Management (3 hours)

This course introduces the management process through the activities of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

Introduction to Intercultural Studies (3 hours)

This course is an introduction to the theoretical and practical issues related to cross-cultural communication and the effective managing and transferring of knowledge within different cultures. Participants will explore the fundamental tenets of intercultural studies which will prove valuable in future courses and in life.

Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)

This course helps students understand the world better by studying significant interpretations of self, the world, and God that have been offered by thinkers, both past and present – the major concerns of philosophy. This course will provide an introduction to Western philosophy from ancient to modern and postmodern times.

Introduction to Ethics (3 hours)

An introduction to Christian ethics, focusing on methodology with a survey and comparison of philosophical, secular, and theistic perspectives on the moral life, then moves on to develop a comprehensive evangelical approach.

Contemporary Christian Life & Practices (3 hours)

Contemporary issues related to practical and ethical issues from a Christian perspective. Topics: vocation, time/resource management, marriage relationships, conflict resolution, evangelism, church involvement, Christian worldview, devotional life, and practical ethics.

Endorsements & Testimonials

Daniel Poeana
Torey Mayfield
Daniel Watts
John Mark Conklin
Nikki Gentry
Nathan McFarland
Louie Giglio
Pastor, Passion City Church, Passion Conferences, sixsteps records

I can't think of anything better between high school and the college years than to set aside time to discover God, explore the world and fine-tune your vision for the rest of your life. That's what Impact 360 is all about, combining great teaching with practical experience preparing your role in God's amazing story.

John Stonestreet
Summit Ministries and Colson Center for Christian Worldview

The fact is higher education is a terrific asset, but only if students know how to own their own education and not just merely jump through the hoops laid out for them. The fact is higher education can strengthen a students understanding of the world and even their faith, but only if students are clear about what is true about the world and how they can know it. The leadership of Impact 360 understands this, and their team prepares students for success in owning their faith and their future.

Del Tackett
The Truth Project

I'm excited about the future. You meet with these young folks and their love for the Lord and their desire to learn. The things that are going on here at Impact 360 will have a major effect on their life...and I'm thankful to be a part of it.

Josh McDowell
Christian Author and Radio Host

It is no longer someone else's job to worry about the next generation and what kind of leaders they will be. It is our responsibility as Christian leaders to work to produce young people who are grounded in Truth and who are willing to influence the world by living Christ-focused lives. Impact 360 offers a program designed to meet this challenge, and believe me, the next generation of leaders will be better because of it.

Kathleen W. Carper
President, South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools

I am impressed with the caliber of godly leadership which is in place for Impact 360. I am also excited about the difference this gap-year opportunity could make in shaping the futures of participating students, helping them to delve deeply into the foundation of Christianity, bolstering their faith and equipping them for future challenges.

Faculty / Staff

The Gap Year team works, prays and laughs together in our mission to provide students with a loving, educational and adventurous community. Each of us is dedicated to the Lord’s service and desires a generation of young people who long to change the world through the love of Christ.

Trent Wilbanks
Director, Gap Year

Trent joined the Impact 360 team in 2008, after serving five years as director at the Lifeshape Foundation’s retreat center, The...

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Jonathan Morrow
Director of Creative Strategies

Jonathan Morrow is the Director of Creative Strategies at Impact 360 Institute and serves as adjunct faculty with Union University. He...

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Ed Bort
Associate Director of Academics

Before serving Impact 360 Institute as the Associate Director of Academics, Ed served with Campus Crusade for Christ at California Polytechnic...

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Eric Turner
Director of Operations

Eric brings five years working with the North American Mission Board and nine years working with the International Mission board...

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Alex Blount
Learning Community Coordinator

Bekah McDonald
Learning Community Coordinator

Karen Jordan
Logistics Specialist

Krista Autrey
Service Learning & International Coordinator

Hannah Purdie
Enrollment Coordinator

Nikki Gentry
Enrollment Specialist

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.


$0 until Nov. 1 / person