Expectations of a Racer - Gap Year


The heartbeat of the World Race is for you to become more like Jesus and engage with the world like He did. Following Jesus is not the easy path. He calls his disciples to die to themselves, because He knows if our own agenda is the motivation, the mission will be compromised and we will never experience the fullness He has for us.

Through the years and as thousands have gone on this journey, we have identified some key factors that will help set you up for success. We will reiterate these expectations throughout the year, as they are integral to you stepping into the kingdom life God has for you.

Your leaders will hold you accountable to these expectations and support you as you strive to walk them out. If you don't respond to accountability and feedback, we may ask you to leave the World Race so as not to compromise the journey for others who are committed to these expectations. Ultimately, we are for you and want to do all we can to help you grow and follow Jesus.

Our expectations are as follows:

  1. Kingdom mindset. As a result of your relationship with Jesus, you are committing to spreading the kingdom of God with your words and actions. As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8)
  2. Desire to grow. You are committed to becoming more like Jesus. Racers run their race with a "yes" in their spirits. This will require you to deal with the past — call it baggage, junk, sin, hurt, or past wounds. We are looking for people who are ready to deal with their past and move forward. We want to see you walking into the fullness and fruitfulness God has for you. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  3. Positive attitude. You believe and hope for the best in every situation, even when it gets tough. We ask you to leave negativity behind and to live without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14-15)
  4. Self-governance. You are expected to take responsibility for your behavior, which includes but is not limited to: manners, time management, personal hygiene, tattoos, etc. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are not permitted. "I have the right to do anything," you say — but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything" — but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
  5. Community. You will serve and submit to each other as the body of Christ. By loving each other you will be an example to the the world around you. (John 13:35) You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable. We expect you to disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping each other to grow in faith while speaking truth in love (Ephesians 4:15-16)
  6. Relationships. Unless you were in a committed dating relationship before being accepted to the World Race, we expect you to refrain from pursuing or give the appearance of a romantic relationship with other racers, ministry contacts, locals or people at home from the time of your acceptance through your completion of the World Race. This is to create an atmosphere of focus in order for you to "set your eyes on things above, not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:2)
  7. Telling your story. We ask you to commit to share your journey through blogging and social media. Sharing the stories of how God is working is an impactful part of your ministry while you are on the World Race. (John 4:39) You will keep a personal blog on theworldrace.org and are expected to make weekly updates.