You’ve probably felt it. That nagging sense there must be more to this Christian life than you’re experiencing. It can’t just be saying a prayer, going to church on Sunday, and striving to be a good person, can it? The World Race offers you an incredible opportunity to make an impact on the world while also having your eyes opened to the reality of who God is and all that He has for you.
Looking for what’s next? Check out these upcoming trips! Due to COVID-19 all routes are subject to change
New Route Model
We are passionate about partnering with ministries that we know and trust, and who continue to minister sustainably in their communities with or without us. Our new hub model will enable us to serve our partners more effectively while also giving Racers great opportunities to engage in a variety of ministries!
Each region will have a hub country () with a host that we have a deep relationship with. Racers will receive cultural and ministry training from hub leaders that will prepare them to effectively engage in their region. Then hub leaders will work with the squad leadership and will mobilize them to meet needs and engage in ministry opportunities () in surrounding countries.
Thus, your squad will go to the hub countries listed on your route, and you may go to any number of the surrounding countries in which we have ministry opportunities, depending on the current needs and opportunities available. And it is going to be AMAZING!
*This is, of course, dependant on the availability of ministry and openness of the country to international visitors.
We’ve been where you are, hungry for more, but not sure where to find it. Wanting to live like Jesus, but not knowing what that really means. That’s why we created the World Race.
EXPERIENCE GOD AND GROW IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
We live in a noisy culture -- our lives are so full that it’s hard to hear God’s voice or to prioritize relationship with Him on a daily basis. The Race provides you an opportunity to step away from it all and go deep with Him.
LOVE PEOPLE AND SERVE THE WORLD’S NEEDS.
We partner with a variety of ministries that address the tangible needs of God’s children around the planet. And as you serve and love them, you will also learn from them. Both your life and theirs will never be the same!
REACH A BROKEN AND HURTING WORLD THAT DOESN’T KNOW JESUS.
People are waiting for someone to show up and display the love of Jesus through actions and words. Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:18). You can join us and our partners in living out that calling.
LEARN HOW TO COME TOGETHER WITH OTHER BELIEVERS AND BE THE CHURCH.
Not just a place you go on Sunday, but rather the family of God using gifts and talents to serve each other and spread His love everywhere they go. On the World Race, you’ll learn how to dive into authentic community and realize there’s more there than you ever imagined!
DISCOVER YOUR GOD-GIVEN IDENTITY AS A BELOVED CHILD OF GOD WHO WAS CREATED WITH A PURPOSE.
When you settle some foundational questions with the Lord about why He created you and why He loves you, it changes everything. We’ve walked that journey with thousands of others, and we’d like to walk it with you too!
I’m getting to live out revival on a daily basis through teaching, preaching, evangelizing, ministering to the lost. Everything I do is important because it’s important for the Kingdom’s work.
The World Race helped me realize how big the world is, but more importantly God's immense love for all of these people! It exposed me to the aches and injustices of a broken world while allowing me to see the body of Christ and the Church activated to meet those needs. Finally the World Race allowed me to understand the vision and calling God placed on my life and ushered me into faithfully pursuing what God placed on my heart. It completely changed the trajectory of my life moving forward from those 11 months!
The World Race changed my life, it has singlehandedly been the most impactful thing I've ever done. I witnessed God do incredible things around the world, and grew so much in my identity in Christ. I highly recommend the race to anyone wanting to grow, and experience missions!
Watch Kristina (Founder and President of H.Y.P.E.) and Daniel (President of Jobrise) share how the World Race changed their lives and helped them discover the callings God has for them.
The World Race teaches you how to seek first the kingdom of God. Not just on on the World Race, but for the rest of their lives.
What you can expect from us:
TRAINING IN CHRIST-CENTERED LEADERSHIP
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY
EQUIPPING FOR EFFECTIVE CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
LOGISTICAL AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT
REGULAR DEBRIEFING AND PROCESSING
BIBLICAL TEACHING AND ENCOURAGEMENT
AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE MOVE OF GOD AROUND THE WORLD
What Racers are saying:
93% OF PARTICIPANTS SAY THEY GREW IN INTIMACY WITH GOD
100% GREW IN THEIR CONFIDENCE TO SHARE THEIR FAITH
100% SAY THEY MADE AN IMPACT ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD THROUGH MINISTRY
WORLD RACE COMMITMENT
Pursuing the Kingdom of God through intimacy, community and mission.
Intimacy – choosing to trust
Identity rooted in Christ – (Galatians 2:20) You are committed to becoming more like Jesus. You will run your race with a “yes” in your spirits. 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.
Faith grounded in Scripture – (2 Timothy 3:16-17) You are committed to dive into Scripture through avenues like Bible Studies that we will provide for you, to learn and grow into deeper connection with God.
Relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – (Hebrews 4:16, James 4:8) You are committed to humbly approach God, drawing near to Him as He draws near to you. This will require abandoning areas that you have clung to in the past for comfort and allowing Him to lead you through brokenness and into dependence on Him.
Community – choosing humility
Spiritual Gifts Activated – (1 Cor. 12: 4-6) You are committed to activate your teammates and squadmates in the gifts they have been given, humbly celebrating the differences you see around you, while also stepping into the gifts you have been given.
Feedback – (Hebrews 10:24-25) You are committed to encourage and challenge the people around you to look more like Jesus on a daily basis.
Unity – (John 13:35) You are committed to chose to love your brothers and sisters in all things. You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable.
Mission – choosing intentionality
Spread the Good News – (Matthew 4:17-23) You are committed to spreading the kingdom of God through various ministry opportunities including sharing God’s story through your World Race blog weekly.
Make Disciples – (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2) You are committed to making disciples of all nations, that is to show others to live and love like Jesus as you do the same. This includes learning and understanding culture and sharing in a way that people are able to understand and follow you as you follow Christ. We expect you to disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping each other to grow in faith while speaking truth in love.
Love all – (Luke 4:18-20, Matt 22:37-40) You are committed to seeing and treating all people as beloved. You will partner with the Father to reverse oppression in its various forms through sacrificial love.
*All Racers are expected to submit to each program’s 101 Policy and Rule Guidelines
The World Race is a program for ages 21-30 that travels to many countries in 11 months while focusing on three main areas: mission, discipleship, and adventure.
The World Race currently serves in and partners with ministries in dozens of countries, spanning from the tip of South America to the vast wild of Mongolia.
How does it work?
Upcoming trips are announced one year prior to the departure date, giving time for preparation, which after application and acceptance includes fundraising and spiritual and emotional development. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have getting your desired Route and the more time you have to prepare.
What makes the World Race different?
The World Race currently serves in dozens of countries, spanning from the tip of South America to the vast wild of Mongolia, and focuses on three main areas: mission, discipleship, and adventure.
Jesus taught His disciples by having them pray for the sick, evangelize, and numerous other things they didn’t study for. They were just normal guys, who stepped out in boldness, allowing God to use them for extraordinary things. In this sense, the World Race is an opportunity to live out both the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) and the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40).
What do we actually "do" on the Race?
Every day on the World Race looks a little different. Some days will be packed full with construction, VBS, building relationships with orphans, or praying for the sick at a hospital.
Some days could be slower — shopping for groceries at the market, cooking for your team, and spending time praying for the community you walk through. Much depends on our ministry partner’s needs in each country, and specifically during your team’s month with them! Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of God’s kingdom work.
Do I have what it takes?
While ministry and travel experience are helpful, they’re not a requirement for the World Race. In fact, any lack of ministry experience, or your experiences / struggles do not disqualify you from becoming a World Racer. There are, however, a set of characteristics that World Racers are expected to have, including being a follower of Jesus and having a commitment to spread the Gospel, an open mind and good attitude, physical fitness and more. Read through each one here as you complete your application.
How old do you have to be to go?
World Race encompasses ages 21 to 30. Age range is based on the launch window. For example, a Racer launching in January 2023 must turn 21 by January 1, 2023.
World Race: Gap Year is for ages 17-20 and takes college-aged students on a journey to 3 continents in 9 months. Click here to learn more.
Can I afford it?
We understand raising money can be intimidating, which is why we pair you with an admissions advisor who will guide you through the support raising process. And we only require a portion of the money to be raised before you leave; the rest can be raised while you’re on the field. If you’re worried about finances, don’t be. Over the years, we’ve learned time and time again that when God calls, He provides.
Here’s a closer look at the numbers:
Only 4.6% of participants who start the Race have raised 100% of their funds by training camp, 20.8% typically raise their funds by the launch.
You will need to meet the following deadlines for your trip:
4 weeks prior
to training camp $5000
3 weeks prior
to launch $10,000
end of 2 months
on the field $13,000
end of 4 months
on the field FULL GOAL
The trip fundraising amount now includes an estimated $800 to cover the cost of a required MissionSafe medical insurance plan and a month 10 debrief for your squad. It focuses on re-entry and will take place at our headquarters one month after you return home.
When you look at the trip’s fundraising amount, the amount needed for the World Race averages to less than $62 a day – and you’ll be fundraising that money! The average cost of living in the U.S. is $65 a day.
We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise. We take every Racer through our fundraising process built around relationship-building. We give each Racer a fundraising coach who will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your fundraising goals.
What if the trip I want fills up?
Because we offer a variety of routes for each launch window, these trips will fill up unevenly. We can only launch a limited number of Racers on each trip. Although we will allow trips to exceed capacity, we do expect some people to drop before training camp. If trips remain unbalanced, we may ask some Racers to switch routes within the same launch window prior to training camp.
What if the route I want fills up while I'm in the middle of applying?
Your route reservation is determined by the date you pay your $200 trip deposit.
This happens when your application is completed, you’ve had your interview, your acceptance has been confirmed by admissions, and your first deposit of $200 has been made.
Applying for a route does not guarantee there are or will be available spots by the time you pay your deposit.
Routes will be marked “Join Waitlist” when we reach capacity but are still accepting applications in lieu of anticipated drops. If you are accepted after the route is full, you will still have a spot on a route leaving the same month. Routes will be marked “Full” when we are no longer accepting applications.
Will you regret not pursuing this opportunity?
Only you can answer that.
Here’s what we know: We’ll be here to guide you through every step. You won’t be alone on this journey.
Go deeper with God than you ever imagined possible.