More than a gap year!

Activate is designed for young people who want to maximise their potential. The program brings together a combination of theological subjects, general college experiences and a range of additional, discipleship-based activities including barista and first aid course, money management course and opportunities to work with community groups such as Access Street Vans and a mission exposure trip to Thailand. Activate also offers unique life experiences by providing programs such as high ropes course, Story Bridge climb and silent prayer retreats.

There are four streams to choose from within the Activate program.

  1.  Activate – A jam-packed gap-year experience for high-capacity students offering the opportunity to complete a Diploma of Ministry (the equivalent of a full-time study load) and enjoy a vibrant and diverse set of additional activities including an overseas mission exposure trip. Our experience suggests students will have little spare time for part-time work, but if they have the means to support themselves for the year, will have a cracker time.
  2. Activate Deep – Students undertake a one-year Diploma of Ministry and participate in only some of the additional activities to assist with their personal formation. This allows students to focus on their academic studies, maximise their learning and successfully finish the year with a diploma.
  3. Activate Life – A classic, academically-lighter Gap Year program. Lots of fun and engaging activities with access to quality theological education but without the demand of stressful assessment. Students audit their subjects (participate in classes but are not required to complete the assessment) and will be issued a Trinity Activate Certificate (nonaccredited) at the end of the year. There will be plenty of time left for going to the beach and catching up with friends.
  4. Activate Flex – Two-year program undertaken in partnership with a local church which provides a part-time ministry placement to compliment part-time study and the personal formation resulting from the Activate program. Students still complete a Diploma in Ministry, but across two years, studying at a half-time load. This study load might also suit people who need to support themselves by working part-time whilst completing the Activate Program, rather than doing the ministry placement.
Activate offers an enjoyable opportunity to experience purposeful learning and spiritual growth in the context of a vibrant Christian community. Trinity College Queensland doesn’t just believe that young people are the church of tomorrow, but are leaders in our midst, who must be released if our church is to move forward. ‘Next-Gen’ must become ‘This-Gen’. We are committed to doing all we can to prepare this generation through faithful yet robust theological engagement, expressed in a context of challenging yet accessible discipleship.

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For more details download the Prospectus. To enrol fill out the application form (print version) and email a copy to activate@trinity.qld.edu.au. Find out how you can support Trinity’s Activate students.


Hear from students who are part of Trinity’s Activate gap year program!


“You will meet lovely people who will become friends for life.” – Laura Smith


“I really loved doing Christian Thought because I was able to learn many different things in a really fun environment.” – Sarah Ramsey


“I loved learning about the Old Testament. It was enriching and I learned a lot of insights and new things. It has opened my mind.” – Ana Tuilovoni


“The unit, Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples was an exciting experience. This unit helped me to reflect on my journey with Christ but also stretched and challenged in how to ‘do’ spirituality.” – Tim Petersen


“Activate has offered constant support and amazing learning opportunities. Being Human was my favourite unit as it has equipped me to respond to everyday situations.” – Joshua Shannon

Ready to launch?

To enrol or to find out more contact Simon Gomersall, Director of Activate.

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