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Transitioning to new stages of life can be challenging. Whether you are transitioning out of high school, realizing college isn’t right for you, or about to join the workforce after earning a degree, it is advantageous to take a moment to prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Statistics are constantly showing us that teenagers are leaving their faith after they graduate. More and more adults are unhappy and even depressed with the state of their lives and wish they would have made different decisions along the way. This does not have to be the case for you. You don’t have to be a statistic.

You can grow as a leader, embrace your identity in Christ, go to the unreached, discover your unique giftings, and prepare for your future. Kairos Discipleship School is an 8-month discipleship training school (DTS) for young adults, ages 18-26. During this gap year program, you will engage in 20+ weeks of life-changing teachings, be intentionally discipled, and participate in a local, stateside, and international mission trip.

If you have a high school diploma (or a GED), are age 18-26, and desire a season committed to growing in your relationship with God, Kairos Discipleship School is right for you. Through discipleship, leadership training, and missions, you will be challenged and encouraged to go deeper in your walk with God. You will discover your unique passions, giftings, and calling and be equipped to pursue them with excellence.

If you know that you want to be a missionary or serve in full-time ministry, Kairos will be a launching pad for your dreams. If you are unsure about your future and come with an open heart, Kairos will give you the opportunity to draw close to God as you seek His plan for your life.


The definition of the word kairos is "a decisive moment or season of time that will never be repeated." It is a season you intentionally set aside to focus on walking with God, learning more about Him, and developing your strengths. Combining classroom time, group activities, small group times, and internships, you will apply what you are learning in practical ways. The goal of Kairos is not to obtain a grade or a degree but to focus on personal application and growth. A season of Kairos will transform your heart and life.

Our alumni acknowledge that Kairos is an alternative to a seemingly traditional American way of thinking (going straight from high school to college or straight from college to work), but they agree that it was well worth taking a slightly different path. However, this path does not exclude you from attending college. In fact, our students can receive up to a year’s worth of college credit and receive college scholarships after graduating from our program.


We begin accepting applications in the fall (a year prior to the start of Kairos) 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 because spots fill up, and it’s helpful to get a jump-start on support raising.

Here is our application process:

Once these required forms are submitted to Kairos Discipleship School, they will be reviewed by school staff before a student is accepted to the program. Once you are accepted, you will receive a prep packet in the mail. The prep packet outlines specific details you will need to know for school as well as walks you through the support raising process.


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. At Kairos you will experience real, genuine relationships. Your friendships will last a lifetime.

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 a Kairos staff member.

An essential part of the discipleship process you will experience in Kairos comes through dynamic teachings. On an almost daily basis, you’ll receive biblical teaching from pastors, university professors, and missionaries who have a passion for Christ. These speakers will not only encourage and challenge you in your relationship with Christ but also in your relationships with those around you. You’ll grow in your understanding of who God is, 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 include:

  • Overview of the Old and New Testament
  • A Lifestyle of Worship and Prayer
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Identity in Christ
  • Youth Ministry
  • Church History
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • The Father Heart of God
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Missions and Evangelism
  • Biblical Leadership
  • Theology
  • World Religions
  • Relationships

Learn more about our Class Topics.


Kairos feels strongly that learning about God and our faith should not be limited to the four walls of a classroom. That is why you will have exciting opportunities to explore God’s creation on the scenic Superior Hiking Trail and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area. You will gain ministry experience through your internship at a local church and while doing mission work in other states and overseas. You will also have the opportunity to apply what you’ve been learning through local outreach and while on cultural outings. No matter where Kairos Discipleship School takes you, you will be continually growing and learning about leadership, relationships, and God Himself.


Kairos students understand that missions is not something that you merely “do.” It is a mindset, a lifestyle. Our mission focus can be summed up in three words: Here, Near, and Far.

"Here" refers to ministry opportunities you will participate in locally. You will be working with local organizations to have an impact on the community as well as serving the local needs. You will also have an internship at a local church (youth group, children’s ministry, or worship team) where you will learn more about vocational church ministry. Finally, you and your classmates will plan, lead, and debrief your very own mission trip in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. This is a great way to put into practice the spiritual concepts you’ll learn throughout the year.

"Near" refers to ministry you will participate in outside of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) but still within the United States. During our second semester, you will take a couple weeks and travel throughout the Midwest. The purpose of this trip is twofold. You will travel to youth groups and Christian schools mobilizing youth and young adults to be involved in missions. You will also experience first-hand the deep needs in the inner city of Chicago. You’ll be working with children one day and feeding the hungry the next. It is a trip that will open your heart and eyes to the deep spiritual needs right here in our own country.

"Far" refers to an international mission trip. This year, Kairos will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to work alongside D.I.C.E. Ministry Kenya. You and your classmates will be working in schools, building friendships, and challenging students in relationships, academic excellence, and Christian faith as well as ministering door to door, in slums, and in a local church. You will learn more about Kenya’s history, culture, and witness firsthand the divide between rich and poor - the “haves” and “have nots.” God will use these experiences to cause you to grow, bear more fruit, and develop a deeper understanding of the needs of the world.


If you are someone who desires to take their training one step further, Kairos PLUS is for you. Once your season of Kairos has been completed, Kairos PLUS offers you the opportunity to serve and lead on a Royal Servants summer mission trip. For 4-6 weeks, you will be able to immediately apply what you have learned about discipleship, leadership, and missions as you lead a small group of teenagers on an international trip to somewhere like China, Nepal, Uganda, Costa Rica, Northern Ireland, or Europe. All students who apply for Kairos PLUS will receive a scholarship up to $1,500 for your Royal Servants trip. Take your Kairos training to the next level and apply for Kairos PLUS.


Each Kairos participant is placed in a host home during the eight months of our program. These families provide another level of support while you are away from home. You will also get the opportunity to learn what a different family structure is like. Our alumni have shared many stories about how blessed they were by their host families, how they have stayed in touch after graduation, and how they still get together when they are back in the area.

Learn more about Kairos Minneapolis.


Dates & Tuition

Dates: September 13, 2020 - May 21, 2021

Tuition: $10,500 (See more details of tuition requirements under our "FEES". )

Director of Kairos

  • Erika Zimmerman- Full Bio >>
  • I am from Madison, Wisconsin. In 2003 I joined Reign Ministries to help start and staff the Kairos Discipleship School and became Director in 2011! I love seeing students' lives transformed as they passionately pursue God with all their heart.
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