If you are a current or recently-graduated high school student, take a year off of tradition to build a solid foundation for your life at The Crossing College! You'll get a firm grasp on your faith, learn how you're wired, discover your calling, develop lasting relationships, and gain valuable experience - all while living at home and saving money for your next big step.

Gap year students complete the ASSOCIATES IN CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY. This degree is NOT just for future church leaders, or even people called to work in ministry.  Click the link to read more about this unique program!

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. 

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, 

how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

Ephesians 3:17-18

The Details


From August-June, you will take classes for 4 hours (6pm - 10pm) on Monday nights at the Elk River campus of The Crossing Church. 

During the rest of the week, you will be serving roughly 3-5 hours/week in an internship. 


Throughout the week, you will complete a personalized, interest-based internship at your home church (hours vary depending on internship selection). You will work with a trained Internship Supervisor in whichever area you choose to serve. 

Internship Possibilities:

  • Pastoral Ministries: Spiritual Care, Discipleship, Recovery, Instruction
  • Kids & Student Ministries
  • Hospitality: Cafe, Shop, Food Service/Prep, Guest Service
  • Security and First Response Teams
  • Production: Video, Audio, Lights, Stage, Tech
  • Band: Music Performance & Producing
  • Creative: Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Event Planning
  • Marketing: Advertising, Social Media, Content Writing
  • Office: Administration, Accounting, Communications
  • Facilities: Building and Grounds Maintenance, Landscaping, Custodial, Construction


All current high school students or recent grads receive an automatic 25% discount on tuition! Check out our Financial Aid page for more details.