Chelsea Phillips and Tripp Warren of LaGrange recently were commissioned by Impact 360 Institute Gap Year, a program that prepares high school graduates to be Christ-focused servant leaders on their college campuses, and change agents among their generation. Impact 360 Institute is a Ministry of LifeShape foundation, which is affiliated with Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Phillips and Warren were two of 38 students who exhibited outstanding leadership potential and was selected to spend nine months on campus in Pine Mountain learning how to live and serve in biblical community. Gap Year students learn biblical worldview and apologetics in the classroom, and spend time at Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta, learning the company’s SERVE model of leadership.
“I have grown to see God as my comfort, friend and as a pursuer of my soul because of my time at Impact 360 Gap Year,” Phillips said. “I never knew how much I needed God until this past year and feel so much more grounded in my faith.”
Phillips plans to attend Union University and major in psychology and social work.
“I feel more prepared to start college because of all the reading and writing assignments that we had to complete at Impact 360 Institute Gap Year,” she said.
Added Warren: “I have been given the experience of living in Christian community and how that can impact culture because of Impact 360 Institute Gap Year. It is vital that we as Christians learn how to engage the culture of the world in which we live in.”
Warren plans to attend Mississippi College and major in Psychology and Christian Studies.
“I have a better understanding of how to be a Christian in college and how to truly seek Christ in everything that I do,” he said.
Students commissioned by Impact 360 Institute are challenged to use the knowledge and experience gained from their Gap Year experience to stand firm in Truth on their college campuses and in the marketplace.
“We believe that education extends far beyond the classroom,” said John Basie, Gap Year director. “ The rich experiences of Gap Year allows students to build upon a firm foundation that serves as a ‘jumping off’ point for the rest of their lives. We are very proud of Chelsea and her peers in this 2014 class of young leaders.”