This week 14 young adults from across Australia have come to P1000089Canberra to attend ACL’s inaugural gap week program.

The six-day program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, networks, character and foundations needed to positively influence culture and government.

Attendees are aged between 18 and 25 represent a number of denominational backgrounds including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Presbyterian.

Perth’s Amy Gibbs, 21, who’s just finished a double degree in International Aid and Political Science said it’s been an invaluable experience.

“Gap Week has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much and at the same time realised how much I have yet to learn; about God, about public life, and about the history on which Australian public life now stands,” she said.

“The lecturers have been phenomenal and I have taken so much from what they have taught me. Yet at the same time my favourite part has been the community; the way everyone clicked in the first day and the interesting, engaged, and humorous conversations that we have had. I can’t wait to see where God uses us all, the possibilities are endless!"

The curriculum has covered issues theology, apologetics and public engagement as well as an opportunity to look at the lives of influential figures including Augustine, Thomas More, William Wilberforce, Abraham Kuyper and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Twenty-three year old Alex Millard, from Sydney, has just completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and said it's been a great week.

"I arrived unsure as to what would await me, who I would meet, what would confront me. I must admit I felt guarded, stepping outside of my comfort zone. I have met passionate, engaged and discerning individuals who love the Lord Jesus,” he said.

“I have been confronted with deep theological and philosophical questions, questions that I have relished grappling with and discussing with my brothers and sisters. ACL Gap week is a unique and extremely valuable experience that I shall always treasure and that I would recommend to any disciple of Jesus."

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said it’s been a successful program and hopeful it will continue in the future.

“The students are very engaged in the issues and eager to learn. I’m excited to see where many of these students will end up in years ahead. It’s been humbling to be able to help positively influence the next generation,” he said.