Luminate Gap Year

Luminate is an amazing discipleship program for young adults (17-22) that fosters faith through formal learning, a strong peer community and ministry experience. The purpose of Luminate is to grow life-long disciples that live a life of service wherever God calls them. As a Luminate participant you'll complete a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology (10433NAT)*, serve in a local church, participate in cross-cultural mission and explore how you might use your gifts in service.

Dive into God's Word and embark on a faith adventure with a group of like-minded young adults... this is your chance to ask the tough questions and discover more about God, the world and yourself!

The Luminate experience is outlined in more detail below and on our Luminate website -  You can express interest in future Luminate programs here or you can contact Sarah Calder, Luminate Coordinator on 07 3511 4080 or sarah.calder [at] for more information.

Luminate Website

The Luminate experience

Your average week might look like this

Sunday - serving at Church
Monday - Teaching day (Brisbane Campus)
Tuesday - Teaching day (Brisbane Campus)
Wednesday - personal study/part-time job
Thursday - personal study/part-time job
Friday - second day at church
Saturday - day of rest/part-time job

Study & Discipleship (Brisbane Campus)

As a Luminate participant you'll spend an average of 2 days per week together with the Luminate cohort as you complete a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology (10433NAT)* (through our Luminate partners - Australian Lutheran College) and additional ministry training. You'll be equipped with a broad set of practical ministry skills and participants who successfully achieve the Certificate IV are eligible for accreditation as a lay worker within the Lutheran Church in Australia

You'll start every term of study with an intensive week of workshops... growing through face-to-face training and discussion. For three of these intensive weeks you'll live with the other participants at our Highfields campsite - growing together in faith and life.

In addition to the Certificate IV, you'll also be introduced to a wide variety of ministry areas and skills, including aged care chaplaincy, hospital chaplaincy, school chaplaincy, responding to ethical issues & people of different faiths, mental health first-aid, personality assessments, team roles, budgeting and goal setting etc. The purpose of this additional ministry exposure is to help you consider your calling, reflect on your God-given gifts and learn practical skills that will equip you for service in your local church.

*Australian Lutheran College is a member college of the Australian Centre for Advanced Studies (RTO #50392).

Ministry Placement (Local Church)

As a Luminate participant you'll spend approximately 2 days per week during term time volunteering in your local church underneath the direction of your Pastor or a suitable ministry ‘supervisor’. The nature of your service will depend on your gifts and the ministry of your local church... it could include youth ministry, music ministry, drama ministry or school ministry etc. This ministry placement is a key component of the Gap Year because it will give you a safe place to apply the theory you're learning.

Shared Ministry Experiences

One of the highlights of your Luminate year will be the chance to join in shared ministry experiences with your peers. During the 12 month program you'll attend...

  • The Gathering – a weekend conference for young adults
  • 2 x 1 week LYQ Holiday Camps (Winter & Summer holidays)
  • 1 x 2 week Cross-cultural Mission Trip to Hopevale/Wujal Wujal.

These shared ministry experiences will give you an intensive leadership experience and invaluable opportunity to serve in ministry!

Part-time Work We encourage you to secure part-time work during your Luminate year. Although not officially part of the program we believe that part-time work is a great way for you to expand your knowledge of the world, to meet friends and to develop confidence.