Gap year programmes are a great way to dig into a topic or adventure for 12 months. Taking a gap year can be a great opportunity to take a deep breath after after years at school, and take time to see how to love God's world the way God loves it. There are lots of gap year programmes out there, and we have included some home-grown options below run by the Anglican Church.
Social justice and advocacy
Better World Gap Year is an eight month social justice oriented gap year run by NZCMS, that helps young adults explore four major issues of social justice - Urban Poverty, Ethical Consumption, Climate Change, and Refugees and Migration Issues. Throughout the year participants will also explore the story of the land they are in, what it means to be a Christian in this ever changing challenged world and how these issues of justice line up with the good news Jesus came to bring.
Better World 2021 starts at the beginning of February and runs through until November. The year is broken up into four Blocks of active learning throughout New Zealand, with the potential of travel to Fiji at the end of the fourth Block if borders open up. Throughout the year participants will be able to engage with a wide range of communities and explore social issues in a variety of ways including study, training modules, and volunteer ministry/mission placements.
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Better World Gap Year is an all-inclusive gap year – the total cost from start to finish is $15,000NZD, this does not include a passport or vaccinations. This will cover all travel, food and board for the 10 months as well as a small monthly allowance.
I knew God would take me on a journey, but not THIS journey!! Had no idea that God would awaken and bring forth these passions in me. I thought that the passions I thought I had coming into BW would just increase, but now I’m actually getting a true sense through God’s guidance of where my heart lies. I dread to think of what I would have done with my life if I hadn’t done BW!!”
“The more advocacy and learning we are doing about issues in our country, and issues in other countries, I am more and more fired up to see change occur"
It really felt like we were joining a growing movement of people who are waking up to the catastrophic impact we’re having on the planet, and are anxious to do something about it”
When we look at how and what God has revealed of himself to us, the only fitting response is to overflow with love for what He loves, and to let that be an active love. In other words, because of who God is and because of who we are, we must care about social justice”
Why do an internship?
It’s like an apprenticeship in Christian ministry, mentored internships fit well with the way that Jesus grew His disciples - learning skills, watching and practising, being encouraged and corrected, and growing into a whole new realm of service. Bishopdale internships, which take place in partnership with Laidlaw College, provide an excellent and rewarding way to explore ministry further, gain experience and training, all within an NZQA accredited framework.
What Lilly had to say about the Internship
How has the internship helped in your personal life?
I think the fact I’ve been pushed and challenged in my personal beliefs has really helped me to develop a strong foundation, not just biblically, but spiritually too. I’ve learnt so much about myself, the way I work with others, where my limits are, and also to just rely on God so much more.
How has the internship helped in your ministry life?
I’ve learnt so much about the fundamentals of ministry: team, leadership, leading a team that reflects the kingdom of God, how to view each individual as special and gifted, how to empower them in this, how to deal with conflict, and how to always put God in first place.
$6,700 + course materials per year (One year - diploma, and three year - Degree options)
Contact Jude Saxon at email@example.com up until two weeks before Semester One starts.
Check out www.bishopdale.ac.nz/internships for more info.
My studies have equipped me to be a discerning mature leader, founded on Christ with a passion to be a life-long student of the Word and the Spirit, confident to continue to serve in the Church and be salt and light in this world.”