The Kairos Discipleship School is an 8-month discipleship training school (DTS) gap year program for college-age students and young adults, ages 18-26.
Grow deeper in God. Receive leadership training. Canoe through the wilderness. Go to the unreached. Prepare for your future. In just 8 months, you will receive 20 weeks of life-changing teachings and will experience first-hand two major mission trips.
If you are a high school graduate ages 18-26 and desire a season committed to growing in your relationship with God through discipleship, leadership and missions we have an incredible experience for you. We want you to discover your unique passions, gifting, and calling, and equip you to pursue those with excellence.
If you are looking for a meaningful gap year experience or even completed college you will be challenged by our incredible teaching staff and ministry experiences. Some of our students enter the program knowing they want to be missionaries or serve in full-time ministry and Kairos provides a launching pad for their dreams. We also have students that are seeking God with an open heart and they will draw close to Him as they seek His plan for their life.Close
The definition of Kairos is a season of time or decisive moment. It is a season you will set aside to focus on learning more about walking with God and developing your strengths. A significant time is spent in the classroom and we also learn through experiential learning activities, small group times and internships. The goal of Kairos is not to reach a grade or degree, but, to focus on your personal growth. A season of Kairos is heart and life transformational.Close
We begin accepting applications in November and will take applications until August 15th. After August 15th acceptance to Kairos is conditional based on host home availability. We recommend applying by spring or early summer to get a good jump-start on school finances and support raising.Here is our application process:
The submission of these forms to Kairos Discipleship School are required and then reviewed before a student is accepted to the program.Close
Discipleship happens best when it’s done within the context of shared experiences, which is why nearly everything we do is done in community! We’ll play together, pray together, and process the many experiences we share in an atmosphere of mutual support and care.
Throughout your Kairos experience you’ll participate in a small group with other men or women who are in the program. This is the place where your relationships deepen, accountability happens, and where you’ll be personally challenged to live out the things God is showing you. You’ll also receive one-on-one mentoring from those on Kairos’ full-time staff.An essential part of the discipleship process you’ll experience in Kairos comes through the dynamic teachings you’ll receive. On an almost daily basis, you’ll sit underneath dynamic biblical teaching from pastors, university professors, missionaries, and even just regular folks who have a passion for Christ. These speakers will not only encourage and challenge you in your relationship with Christ, but in your relationships with those around you. You’ll grow in your understanding of who God is, of who you are in Christ, and your role in the expansion of His Kingdom.
Some (but not all!) of the topics covered during the Kairos school year:
Love the outdoors? We do too…and we’re pretty serious about enjoying it! While we believe that the classroom is great, we also feel strongly that learning about God and our faith shouldn’t be limited to four walls. We use exciting outdoor activities to learn about leadership, relationships, and God Himself!
Each Kairos Discipleship School location has its own unique and adventurous outdoor activities, whether trekking the scenic Superior Hiking Trail or backpacking through the Grand Canyon. That’s right, you’ll be hiking, biking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and kayaking - all activities that provide you a chance to practically apply outside what you’ve been learning inside! Check out each Kairos Discipleship School to see which specific activities each location offers.Close
In Kairos, we take Jesus' command to, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” seriously. We believe missions isn’t something that we just “do”, it’s a lifestyle! Our mission focus can be summed up in one statement: Here, Near, and Far.
“Here” refers to the bi-monthly missions outreaches that you and your classmates will participate in. You will spend the afternoon working alongside a variety of ministries and learning how they positively influence their community. Not only do these local outreaches give you a chance to make an impact, but they also expose you to many different types of ministry experiences.
Another integral part of the Kairos experience is an internship at a local church. You’ll have the opportunity to experience vocational ministry as you serve alongside pastors and lay ministry volunteers. The internship usually consists of youth, children, and worship ministry, as well as ministry that happens behind the scenes. This is a fantastic way to be a part of the local body of believers!
In addition to the “Here” component, you and your classmates will plan and lead your very own mission trip in either the Seattle or Minneapolis-St. Paul area. This is a great way to put into practice the things that the guest speakers and Kairos staff have been teaching you throughout the year. This is your mission trip: when all the preparation and training in leadership, communication, spiritual warfare, and prayer all come into focus!
“Near” is ministry outside of your host city, but still within the United States. Both Kairos schools will gather together in Los Angeles, where you will experience, first-hand, opportunities to minister to some deep needs in this major urban area. You’ll be working with children one day and feeding the hungry the next. You and your Kairos classmates will also be able to hang out with the homeless in L.A.’s skid row, head over to the “projects” and sit underneath a presentation at Los Angeles’ largest mosque. And though it’ll be a busy week, at the end, who knows, you just might have to visit Mickey and friends at Disneyland.
“Far” is the international missions trip component that is a part of each Kairos school experience. While Seattle heads off to Costa Rica, the Minneapolis school will make their way to the mountains of Honduras. See individual school section for more details.Close