January and April 2021 intakes are still available. Find out more below.

This is a huge year. You’ve seen a pandemic sweep across the world. You've watched as entire countries have ground to a halt and individuals have been forced to face the fragility of their own lives. 

We’ve seen such suffering and upheaval.
 But in this bittersweet moment, we hear of Jesus followers seeking to respond with love. To stand up and share the hope that they have.  


This could be the lockdown year. The year when everything was cancelled. The year when you couldn’t leave home and fully experience university or travels. A lost year. Or it could be a year of unexpected opportunity. A year to be surprised about what God could do in and through you. A formative year, spent in close communion with the one who made you, knows you and longs to see you step into more of His freedom, joy and purpose.  

Your opportunity to grow 

OM’s Gap Year Challenge will give you time and space to grow in your faith, equip you to share the hope that you have in Jesus, and help you develop rhythms for missional living. You’ll also learn about the huge need for the Gospel among people groups who have never heard the name of Jesus.  


At OM’s rural base in Shropshire, you’ll spend time living in community with other students to form appropriate social-bubble household groupings. Alongside teaching and discipleship, as government measures allow, the Gap Year Challenge will involve team building expeditions in Snowdonia, evangelistic outreaches in the UK and around the world.  

It's modular to reflect the year you want - 3 or 7 months

This challenge is split into 3 blocks. The Autumn block has already begun, but participants are now able to apply for Winter and Summer Blocks beginning in 2021. You can choose to join us for one block or two.

  Dates Apply by Cost (excluding flights, insurance & any necessary vaccinations for the outreaches)
Winter Block Wednesday 6th January - Tuesday 6th April 2021 15th December  £1040
Summer Block Monday 19th April - Friday, 30 July 2021 26th March  £1200
Ages 18+
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

** Learn about a missional lifestyle, the uniqueness of Jesus, and the need for the gospel amongst the nations.
** Engage in online study as well as socially-distanced classrooms, with experienced cross-cultural workers discipling and mentoring you.
** Enjoy some practical teamwork around our campus, perhaps the opportunity to learn a new skill.
** Experience living together with others and organising a household life!
** As restrictions are lifted, engage in UK-based outreach adventures (twice each block, up to six times during the year) and experience overseas trips (once each block, up to three times during in the year).

Approximately 25% training and 75% practical mission.


Your community will be a household with 3-5 other students. You'll meet with other bubble communities for socially-distanced activities and teaching. You might share a bedroom with one other person. 


Cost includes food. Each house prepares their own food. 

Travel Arrangements:

Make your own way to Shropshire. We can pick you up from Chirk train station. 


Good health is needed.

Visa info:

EU/EEA, Swiss and UK citizens are welcome to apply. 

Participants Profile:

You will need:
• to be at least 18 years old
• have a good level of spoken English
• a desire and openness to allow God to work in your life
• a desire to learn and grow as a person
• to have an adventurous spirit


As part of our Safeguarding policy, you may require a valid enhanced DBS certificate which will cost an additional £20.

Costs of overseas flights for outreaches, insurance and possibly visas are not included.


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