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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.
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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 6-week, immersive cross-cultural experience in Central America.

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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A Day 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


  • Wholistic
  • Experiential
  • Interactive

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  • Assignments
  • Ministry Skills
  • Tasks of Life

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  • Recreation
  • Free Time
  • Off-Site Trips

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Day Ends with Evening Prayer

Kurios at its Core

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How do I make a difference? We will gain the tools we need to lead like Jesus through intentional training and leadership opportunities.


How do I hear God's voice? 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.


What does it mean to grow up? We will grow toward adulthood as we experience guided opportunities for independence and freedom in conjunction with given responsibility.


Where do I belong? We will be challenged and equipped to develop deep, meaningful, healthy relationships with others.


How do we live out the Bible? We will develop a love for scripture and gain an understanding of its overall story and themes, while being able to put it in context for today.


How do I share God's story? We will learn to proclaim the Gospel freely to everyone, so that everyone would declare Jesus their Saviour and Lord.


What is true worship together? We will wrestle with what it means be the church, building a model centered on what we have to give to, and receive from, God.


Who am I? We will discover that our identity is centered in being created in the image of God and being “in Christ.” We will discover our unique gifts, passions and weaknesses.


How does faith impact life? We will learn that following Jesus as Lord of all means actively seeking and following Him in every area of our lives.


Who is Kurios for?

Kurios is for young adults (typically age 17-22) who desire to grow as Christian disciples and leaders. Applications from outside the CBWC family are welcome.

When is Kurios?

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

Where is Kurios?

Our Home Base is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in Jasper National Park! Beginning Sept 2023, we will be living, learning, and serving in a 100yr old church and house surrounded by God's incredible creation. We will travel from there to visit BC, AB, SK, MB and Central America. 

What does Kurios cost?

The 2023/2024 fee is $11,500. Our 5-6 week Guatemala cost is an additional $4000 (this is eligible for a charitable donation tax receipt from Canadian Baptist Ministries). See the details

What if I can't afford it?

If God is calling you to Kurios, we want to work with you to make sure cost is not a barrier. Please contact our Director Steve and we'll do our best to find a solution.

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?

We are pursuing a partnership with Prairie Bible College, who have indicated that Kurios participants will receive significant credit for successful completion of the Kurios experience! We expect other Bible colleges to also offer credit on a case by case basis.

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 (CBWC), and we share their Statement of Faith.

What about COVID-19?

Kurios works hard to model healthy living, and encourages all participants to make wise decisions about their health. We will comply with health authority recommendations. Contact our Director Steve for more.   


The main reason I’m joining Kurios is to give myself some time to breathe and figure things out. I’m looking to learn how to better lead and serve.

18, from Alberta

I think Kurios will give me a firm foundation that I can use for the rest of my life. I can't be sure of what the future will bring, how it will impact me, or what will all happen. That's the exciting part…

18, from British Columbia

I am excited about the way Kurios enables 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. Kurios plays a vitally important role in shaping the lives of young people to become the leaders and disciple makers 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.

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Kurios is committed to prayer, and deeply appreciates our community of praying partners. If you are interested in learning how to specifically prayer for Kurios, fill in the Get in Touch form, and we will be in touch with you.

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