Discover Who You Are and What God Is Calling You to Do


As a high school graduate, are you feeling confused, afraid, or pressured when it comes to what's next?

The choice between college and the workplace is scary. With the rising costs of college tuition, going in without a plan can be frustrating and expensive. That's why a gap year is important. Taking a gap year allows students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves, have clear direction of God’s purpose for their life, and an action plan to fulfill that purpose. The Ascent Gap Year covers all of these areas while also allowing students to earn college credit.

Attend A Virtual Visit

Sign up to get a 30 min, one-on-one virtual visit with our Internship Manager, Jonathan Banfield, to hear about the Ascent Gap Year Program and have your questions answered.

Attend A Visit Day 
At Grace Adventure

April 28, 2023 from 2-4 pm

June 23, 2023 from 2-4 pm

July 14, 2023 from 2-4 pm

It's Easy To Get Started


Fill out the form and learn more about how Ascent can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and an action plan for God's purpose for your life.


Applications can be completed online. Please also include your references.


Once you complete your application, someone will reach out to you to schedule an interview. These can be done via online conference call or in person.

Multiple Studies Have Shown that Students Who Complete a Gap Year Benefit From:

increased maturity levels
higher academic performance
easier job placement

The Ascent Gap Year Internship provides High School graduates with a short-term, full-time, ministry experience.

Students are equipped both personally and professionally in character based servant leadership.

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Our trained staff equip students with:

  • Personal & Professional Goal Setting
  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Biblical Studies & Worldview Formation
  • Career and Life Skills
  • Life Coaching
  • Personality and Spiritual Gifts Tests
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • People & Time Management Skills
  • Personal Finances
  • Camp Ministry Skills

No two students learn at the same pace or style. The Ascent Program offers a variety of ways to learn both in and outside of the classroom.

Spiritual Growth

We believe that a vital and growing relationship with Jesus Christ is central to our lives. That is why the Ascent Gap Year Program is focused on teaching Biblical principles, living in Christian community, and encouraging involvement in the local church.

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Earn College Credit

Upon completion, Ascent Gap Year students are eligible to receive up to 18 credits (upon program of study) at Grace Christian University.

(approx. value: $13,140)

Ascent has been life-changing for me. This program has taught me the importance of discipline and action. My faith in God has done nothing but grow as has my confidence in my purpose.



  • Room And Board (Most meals available when serving groups)
  • Books and Curriculum
  • Training, Conferences, and Skill Development
  • Individual Coaching and Supervision

$7,800 Out Of Pocket Cost

(paid in four installments, over the Gap Year timeframe)

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Silver Lake, MI 49436

Ph: 231-873-3662
Fax: 231-873-0283
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