Why Link Year?
We saw a need in today's culture for a safe environment for 18-20 year olds to wrestle with real questions:
What do I want to major in?
What is my Purpose in Life?
Why do I believe in God?
Many students go to college thinking their faith is well-grounded, but then struggle because they don't know why they believe what they believe. Students end up changing their major multiple times and paying more as they spend 5 to 6 years in college because they can't figure out what they want to do with their lives.
So in 2011, we launched Link Year to empower future leaders to impact the World for Christ. While at Link Year, each student is given the opportunity to explore what they want to do with their life as they begin to better understand how they are wired. They are empowered through discipleship, which provides authentic relationships. They develop their identity in the Word, not the World, as we give them the tools to paint the vision for their future. After graduating Link Year, every student has a better understanding of the adventure that God has in store for them. They have an understanding of their strengths and spiritual gifts. Most importantly, they have an immovable Biblical foundation in Christ and clear direction for their lives. And as they move forward to college, the mission field or the workplace, they can be the influencers and not the influenced as they pursue that clear direction.