Radical Gap Year Objectives

The Radical Gap Year wants to help students . . .

  • Pursue an intimate knowledge of God
  • Establish solid biblical and theological foundations
  • Critically evaluate worldviews through Scripture
  • Become aware of global needs and God’s global purposes
  • Become a disciple maker of the nations
  • Relate personal gifting and opportunities to the church’s mission
  • Develop and apply critical-thinking skills
  • Make wise academic and vocational choices
  • Establish healthy lifestyle practices and habits
  • Identify and correct an ethnocentric approach to the Christian life
  • Capture the strategic nature of how vocational choices relate to discipling the nations
  • Encounter urgent spiritual and physical needs in local and global contexts

Life-on-life investment that focuses on students growing in the knowledge of Christ, discovering their full identity in Christ, so they might serve in the mission of Christ among all the nations. The Radical Gap Year is designed to cultivate young men and women who . . .

Are intensively discipled
Are Bible-directed (whole life discipleship)
Make decisions dictated by the cause of Christ among the nations
Are aware of and cross barriers with the gospel for the sake of Christ
Are prepared to share the gospel to those underserved by it or who have never heard
Intentionally make disciples among the nations wherever they are
Have the insight needed to make biblically-informed major life choices
Are prepared to make strategic decisions for college or vocation toward the cause of Christ. See here
Radical Gap Year What to Expect
  • Discipleship communities
  • Interactive lectures
  • Local community immersion and service
  • International boot camp in South Asia
  • Fellowship within the context of McLean Bible Church
  • Interaction with global leaders like David Platt
  • Personal study and peer interaction
BEGIN Application

The Radical Gap Year is a 9-month fellowship designed to assist high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 20 in becoming fully engaged disciples of Jesus Christ who will leverage all areas of their lives for the sake of God’s glory among all nations. To reach this goal, the program will focus on equipping students in all areas of life; including godly living, intellectual development, and daily responsibilities and life skills.

This fellowship is for students who have graduated from high school and are 18 – 20 years-old by September 1 of the year they enter the program.

Early enrollment applications for fall 2021 will open August 1, 2020 and close September 30, 2020. Regular enrollment applications for fall 2021 will open October 1, 2020 and close January 31, 2021. There is a $50 fee to apply. For questions regarding dates and deadlines, CONTACT US

The 2021/22 Gap Year is being hosted by McLean Bible Church at their main campus located in Vienna, Virginia, just 17 miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, DC. Weekly program activities, outreach, and discipleship will be in and around the greater metropolitan area. Students will live near the McLean Bible Church Tysons Campus (Vienna, VA) and will be housed by gender, with 4–6 students of the same gender in a two- or three-bedroom apartment. Program supervisors will live nearby and will disciple, care for, and supervise students. The program also includes a 4-week trip to South Asia.

The total cost of the program is $16,700. This includes general program costs, housing/furnishings, study materials and print resources, some transportation in DC, and travel and most meals for the international mission trip.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to applying. If we haven’t answered your questions here or if you need more information, either visit our FAQ’s page or contact us.

This fellowship is for students who have graduated from high school and are 18–20 years-old by September 1 of the year they enter the program.

Students applying should be in a committed and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, members of a local church, teachable and willing to be fully engaged (mentally, physically, spiritually) in every activity in the program, a high school graduate or equivalent, a US citizen, have a 2.80 GPA or higher, and have test scores of at least 20 on the ACT, 1050 on the SAT, or 72 on the CLT.

The 9-month program has a total cost of $16,700* and is not tax-deductible. Below is a breakdown of that cost.

The program cost includes:

  • Housing with furniture ($9,125*)
  • Some travel within the city ($1,575*)
  • 4 week International mission trip ($6,000*)

The program cost does not include:

  • Food costs (est. $4,200*)
  • Some travel within the city (est. $1575*)
  • Travel to/from the program (start/end)
  • Travel from/to program during Christmas Break
  • Health Insurance
  • Bedding for housing, personal care items, clothing + accessories etc.
  • Travel Immunizations
  • Passport Fees

* Amounts listed are not exact quotes and are subject to change.

The 2021 program will begin in September 2021 and will end in May 2022. Specific dates are to be determined.