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 gap year 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 looking to more clearly understand to have a practical, living relationship with our Risen Savior.


Here are a few news articles about the benefits of taking a gap year before going to college.

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An average of 40-50 students enroll in our gap year program each year.  Students will have 23 hours of in-class time each week going through different books of the Bible. Most students who attend His Hill have just graduated from highschool, however we have had students here 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.  You can also find more information about daily schedules and student life on our student life page.


You can apply online for our First Year Program or click here for more information.

Those who've completed the first year program at His Hill or at another Torchbearer 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 and 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 Second Year.


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 of these 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. Second year students also go on a spring break trip to Israel.


Read more about our Second Year Program.