Why a Gap Year?

His Hill offers a gap year Bible School program in which students will hear Bible-based teaching about the fullness of Christ's life in the believer. The goal of our Bible School program is to lay the foundation of what it means to be "in Christ" and how that affects one's day-to-day life. Although some of our students go on into vocational ministry after attending His Hill, many of them go into a secular university or head into the workforce. This program is not exclusive to those looking into "full-time ministry," but it is setup for the layperson to more clearly understand what it means to have a practical, living relationship with our Risen Savior.


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An average of 40-50 students enroll in our Bible school program each year. Students have twenty-three hours of in-class Bible teaching each week, taught by both resident and weekly guest teachers. Although most students who attend His Hill have just graduated from high-school we accept students from all seasons of life!


All students will participate in a weekly outreach program and will also be placed in a discipleship group led by a His Hill staff member. Find more information about daily schedules and student life on our student life page.


Apply online for our First Year Program or click here for more information.

Students who have completed the first year program at His Hill or at another Torchbearers center are eligible to enroll in our second year program. This program has 12 class hours each week in which students will take a closer look at topics such as Church History, Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods), as well as a year-long class on the book of Romans. Click here for a more complete list of topics/books covered in the program.


Along with the class hours, second year students will participate in various outdoor activities such as running, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and camping. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to discuss the reality of Christ's life in the believer while participating in outdoor activities beyond the classroom. All of these activities are staff-led and generate great openings for discussion about living the Christian Life alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ. 


For the first time ever, second year students also go on a spring break trip to Israel.


Read more about our second year program.






Student Life


Staff live on campus with the students, so there is ample time for fellowship and discipleship.


Home Fellowship

Every two weeks students and staff enjoy "Home Fellowship". Instead of night classes students spend time in different staff members' homes. These groups change each time in order to give students a chance to get to know each other and the staff better.


Discipleship Group

At the beginning of the year, students are divided up into small groups called "Discipleship Groups." Girl students are paired with staff ladies and guy students are paired with staff men. Groups usually range from 2 to 4 students. Students and staff spend time discussing an assigned book, reading Scripture, and praying together.

weekly outreach

Students have the opportunity to apply the Truth they are learning through our weekly outreach ministries in the local community. Individuals are assigned according to the need as well as their interest and abilities. Outreaches are designed to train, challenge, and stretch the students as they share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world around them.

  • Kids Bible Clubs
  • Nursing Home Visitation
  • Youth Group Leadership
  • Tutoring (Public Elementary School)
  • Mentoring (Public School)

recreation

His Hill is located on 200 acres in the Hill Country of South Central Texas. Our property features a canyon, the beautiful Guadalupe River, and a grassy meadow, leaving lots of space to explore. Check out some photos of our facilities!


Students love to enjoy the following activities located on campus:

  • Swimming pool
  • Sand volleyball
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking trails
  • Canoeing
  • Tennis, indoor and outdoor basketball courts
  • Gym & weight room
  • Climbing tower, zip-lines, high ropes course
and the following off-campus activities:
  • Spurs NBA Basketball Game
  • Rampage hockey game
  • Top Golf
  • Shopping and dining at The Riverwalk
  • Laser tag
  • Local rodeos and dances

Several popular state parks are located within driving distance. They offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, river tubing, hiking and more.

Mission Trips























Mission trips are just one way to share the exciting good news of Christ as our Savior that God wants everyone to know about!


Fall Mission Trip

This is a five day trip at the beginning of October and is part of the regular school program. The trip may involve physical work, church services, evangelism, and community outreach. It is always  fun and full of great blessings. While this trip has proven to enhance the students' relationship with each other, the greater purpose of the trip is to expose the students to the needs of others and to witness first hand how Christ meets those needs through our obedience and service. 


Spring Break Mission Trips

Students have the option of signing up for a Spring Mission Trip, which takes place in March during Spring Break. We host trips to Costa RicaSan Antonio, and (for the first time this spring), Israel. All of our second year students will be going on this trip and their cost is included in their tuition. 


Detailed information about each trip will be sent to you in advance. Possible opportunities for these trips include various forms of outreach, including community and church involvement, work projects and dramas. Some time will be set aside for various tourist activities. 


Due to plane tickets needing to be purchased for each trip, you must pay in full at the beginning of the Winter/Spring term. 







SUMMER PRACTICUM


A unique opportunity to put classroom lessons into practice awaits students who finish the school year at His Hill. Mid-May through mid-August, His Hill becomes "His Hill Ranch Camp." 70-80 kids ages 6-18 attend weekly sessions. The program is designed as a third term Bible School Practicum possibly enabling credit hours to be applied toward an undergraduate degree, depending on the college and your major.