Abide is Young Life Australia’s year of developing and equipping YOU to grow, and in turn be able to support and guide others.

There you will grow in your faith, learn to share Christ with young people and be supported in attaining either the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate or Diploma in Ministry from the Australian College of Theology through the Timothy Partnership.

Originally styled as a Gap Year program for high-school graduates, the course has now been re-engineered to be open and relevant to any young adult who wishes to get equipped in youth ministry and outreach.

Abide will enable you to:

1) Deepen your relationship with God
2) Find your place in Christ’s Community
3) Learn to share your faith with young people

Abide is a key learning and development environment for Young Life Australia, which seeks to build confidence, values and resilience in Australia’s young people through significant relationships with adults who model the love of Christ.

Completion of the Abide program is equivalent to a 1st Year Internship with Young Life.


Abide operates in Armidale in northern NSW, a picturesque university town with all the conveniences of the city and character of the country. Young Life has a rich history in Armidale and has been operating there for 30 years.


Photo: ‘Autumn’ by Ellie Hatte Photography

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