the ACTS program

Antioch Christian Training School (ACTS) is a gap-year “discipleship sabbatical” where young adults can take time out to do nothing more than fall in love with God more deeply, apply that love through a local ministry, and prayerfully discern God’s direction for life’s next step

Acts is designed for young adults, ages 18-25, who are at a crossroads yet eager to serve God with their lives. Acts is for both men and women and is limited to no more than 16 students per session to ensure both intimacy and a sense of community. The two-semester program is both full-time and residential, uniquely designed to fit into the semester schedule of most colleges and universities.


Daily instruction with solid biblical teaching, reading, scripture memorization and solitude. Each student will read the entire bible during their stay and become equipped with the truth that changes lives.


Grow your love for the local church and your community.  Each week we leave our campus to “go and serve” alongside a local ministry.  This provides an opportunity to practice what we have been learning by expressing the love of Christ in tangible ways.


Learn to live out what God has taught you during a one-month international outreach. Each outreach is anchored to a local church or focused on planting churches where one does not already exist. We have taken ACTS students to Romania, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Mexico.

Listen to the experience of some of our alumni.

God has transformed many lives through the ACTS program. He has grown understanding and devotion, equipped and sent students, prepared them for a greater purpose. Ruined them for the ordinary. 

Listen to the impact that discipleship makes. 

ACTS exists to meet a vital need, where the Church most often finds it difficult to disciple young adults because they’re on the move and need strong, personal connections within the body.

70% of professing young adult Christians leave the church in their college years. 

Yet, as far as we can observe – ACTS alumni are thriving in their walk with Jesus, reversing the trend and giving us hope.

Do you desire to love Jesus more deeply?

The Apostle Paul took time in Antioch between missionary journeys to grow and seek God’s direction within a community of believers. The ACTS Program is a place where young adults can do the same before taking the next step on their journey. At ACTS our ultimate goal is to see each participant develop a deep and abiding love for Jesus Christ that will serve as the foundation for all of life. We believe that ACTS will help you more clearly define your passion and instill within you an eagerness to serve Jesus Christ with your whole heart, wherever He should lead.

More Program Details

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Daily Schedule

A sample of a day in the life of ACTS, intended to be rigorous yet restful.

Here’s what you need to do next

You Can Apply Online Today

Don’t Wait. You can complete our ACTS application process online by filling in some forms and sending out a reference link to a couple of people who are close to you.

Our admissions team is here to help you. So please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. (509) 673-2290 or email [email protected]

Acts Summer/Fall Semester

16 weeks: August 25-December 13, 2024

Acts Winter/Spring Semester

16 weeks: January 5-April 25, 2025

The cost to attend ACTS is $8500.  A deposit of $250 will reserve your spot and is due 2 weeks upon your acceptance.  This amount is applied to your tuition and is non-refundable.

5% Discount due dates – 2024-2025 ($194 total discount per semester)

Summer/Fall Semester:  August 5, 2024

Winter /Spring Semester:  December 16, 2025

7.5% Discount due date – 2024-2025 ($582 total discount per year)

In order to receive a 7.5% discount, the payment for the full year must be postmarked or deposited no later than August 5, 2024.

Payment due dates – 2024-2025

The total cost for each semester is due on registration day.

Some scholarships are available. Don’t let finances be the barrier to pursuing the Essentials program. If you’re concerned about the tuition cost there may be some help available. Apply for a scholarship here