A CBWC Gap Year Experience

Kurios (koo’-re-os) is the Greek word for Lord, which means master and ruler.
This experience is all about “kurios-ity”: seeking Jesus together and pursuing Him as Lord of all.
BREAKING NEWS: A Reimagined KURIOS is ready to go for 2020/2021 - Click for Details
BREAKING NEWS: A Reimagined KURIOS is ready to go for 2020/2021 - Click for Details
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What is Kurios?

Kurios is a 28 week (7 ½ month) gap year experience for young adults (typically aged 17-22) including a 7-week, immersive cross-cultural experience in Costa Rica.

Kurios is about growing young Christian disciples who love Jesus with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind and all their strength, and love others as themselves ultimately leading to a lifetime of enjoying Jesus as Lord over every area of life.***

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***In 2020/2021 KURIOS will be running a reimagined experience.
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A Daily Rhythm at Kurios

Kurios participants will live in community together both at our “home base” at Gull Lake, Alberta and as we travel. Our daily rhythm of life will start with morning prayer and end with evening prayer. Generally, our mornings are for learning, afternoons for working, and evenings for playing.

Day Begins with Morning Prayer
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Learning

  • Wholistic
  • Experiential
  • Interactive

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Working

  • Assignments
  • Ministry Skills
  • Tasks of Life

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Playing

  • Re-Creation
  • Games
  • Off-Site Trips

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Day Ends with Evening Prayer

Kurios at its Core

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Leadership

We will gain the tools we need to lead like Jesus through intentional training and leadership opportunities.

Prayer

We will explore the fullness of what it means to communicate with God and will grow to embrace prayer as a way of living, rather than a task to be carried out.

Maturity

We will grow toward adulthood as we experience guided opportunities for independence and freedom in conjunction with given responsibility.

Relationships

We will be challenged and equipped to develop deep, meaningful, healthy relationships with others.

Scripture

We will develop a love for scripture through reading/memorization/study and gain an understanding of its overall story and themes, while being able to put it in context for today.

Evangelism

We will learn to proclaim the Gospel freely to everyone, so that everyone would declare Jesus their Saviour and Lord.

Church

We will wrestle with what it means to “worship together” globally, locally, and individually; building a model of church centred on what we have to give to, and receive from God.

Identity

We will understand that our identity is centred in being created in the image of God and being “in Christ.” We will discover our unique giftedness, passions and weaknesses.

Authenticity

We will learn that faith is meant to be lived out in every area of life. We will gain a deeper knowledge of what it means to follow Jesus and will have opportunities to live it out in practical ways.

FAQs

What is KURIOS Reimagined?

KURIOS Reimagined is our response to the unique challenges of running a gap year experience in 2020/2021.  More information about this modified experience can be found here.    

Who is Kurios for?

Kurios is for 10 young women and men (typically age 17-22) who desire to grow as Christian disciples and leaders.

When is Kurios?

Kurios runs for 28 weeks each year from the middle of September until the Middle of April.  There are two terms, each lasting 14 weeks, with a 2 week break in the middle over Christmas and New Year's.  View the 28 Week Timeline

Where is Kurios?

Kurios is all over the place including significant time in BC, AB, SK, MB and Costa Rica.  Home base is in central Alberta occupying two neighbouring camps: Gull Lake Centre and Rehoboth Camp.

What does Kurios cost?

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, this year's Kurios fee has been reduced from $18,000 to $12,000 per participant.  Additional bursaries will be available in the coming months. See the details

What will we learn?

Kurios is about learning to make Jesus Lord of all.  We will be constantly learning and reflecting, in formal settings and informal ones.  Check out our"course descriptions" linked to our key values. 

Will I receive academic credit?

No (but maybe?).  Kurios itself is an unaccredited program, however partnerships with Bible colleges are in development that would allow Kurios graduates to continue their education elsewhere while receiving significant entrance credit upon enrollment.

Who leads Kurios?

Kurios is guided by a dedicated staff team. Throughout the experience Kurios participants will interact with countless other teachers, leaders and guides along the way. Get to know the Kurios leadership.

What do we believe?

Kurios is an initiative of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, and we share the Statement of Faith of the CBWC.  You can view that here.

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I would like to be a nurse, but am not sure if that is the right place for me right now. I'm hoping to find some direction through Kurios, while broadening my horizons and learning more about leadership and ministry.

Arielle MacKinnon
20/21 Kurios Participant

I think Kurios will help me become closer to Christ and figure out what God wants me to do in the future.

Corbyn Neudorf
20/21 Kurios Participant

I am excited about the way Kurios will enable our young adults to experience so many things - adventure, Biblical teaching, community living, practical life skills and missions, to name just a few - all while fostering spiritual growth and leadership.

Tammy Klassen
Youth Pastor, Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship

Equipping the next generation of leaders is something everyone should champion. I have no doubt Kurios will play in an important role in shaping the lives of young people to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Rob Ogilvie
Executive Minister, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

What's Next

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Complete an online application to begin your Kurios experience right now.

Once your online application is received, our staff will contact you to schedule a conversation about the next steps toward beginning your Kurios journey.

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Kurios is currently recruiting a prayer team that will meet monthly (live over a computer connection), and spend dedicated time once per week to both listen and ask. If you are interested, fill in the Get in Touch form, and we will be in touch with you. Our first prayer request is for 24 participants in our Gap Year Program.
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