The KIVU Gap Year is one of the only international faith Gap Years acredited by the American Gap Association. (AGA) We often get questions about the faith DNA we help our students to think about, and we feel it’s important to distinguish between a “Christian” Gap Year, and a Gap Year that helps students understand how to own their own faith.
Our statement of faith is simple – It’s all about Jesus.
We invite students with all sorts of faith backgrounds to explore what it means to understand the principles and teachings of Jesus. We don’t focus on any specific theology or doctrine. We’re not a specific denominational Gap Year. We’ve had atheists, agnostics, protestants, catholics, and all those in between join us on the journey around the world.
Our main focus is found in the gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was asked, ‘Jesus what is the greatest commandment?’ and he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.” (22:37-40)
Our main goal is to help students that are interested in faith, to see the main commandment of Loving God and Loving Others. Jesus says, “All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”
In our second Podcast Episode, you’ll hear Andy Braner and Luke Parrott talk about what it means to execute an organization that relies on Loving God and Loving Others. Mainly, we want students to find Freedom in Faith.
You can listen to the discussion here, or you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes under The KIVU Gap Year.