Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11


"My YDT year was both the hardest and greatest year of my life so far! My faith and my relationship with God were taken to new levels that I could never have imagined." - Ruth, 21

Could this be you one year from now?

• Greater intimacy with God
• Deeper understanding of the Bible
• Leadership skills
• Greater depth of character
• Skilled in praying for others
• Friendships for life
• Equipped for the future
• Certificate IV in Christian Ministry & Theology

This could be the gap-year experience you're looking for .... BUT spaces are limited!




What is the YDT?

The Year of Discipleship and Training (YDT) is a unique gap-year experience for 18-25 year olds. You will join the Ellel, Gilbulla team for a year, living on base and helping to run a busy centre, while also studying to receive a 10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology (delivered under the auspices of Unity College Australia RTO 6330, VFH Provider 7372).

International Students are welcome to participate but will not receive the Certificate IV.

Our YDT program has a dual focus -


The Service component (min 20 hrs/wk devoted to gaining experience at facilitiating the day-to-day running of the ministry) includes many jobs that involve working behind the scenes; such as cooking, cleaning and preparing rooms, washing up, grounds work and maintenance. Other jobs put you in direct contact with those who come here for help; as you welcome them, help serve their meals and generally do all you can to make them feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. Service is where you learn to work within a team, work under authority and gain experience in leadership on a variety of projects and tasks.


The Training component (min 20 hrs/wk for class and private study) includes not only the Certificate IV study, but participation in our Ellel Modular A School (encompasses 10 weekend courses over the year), other selected Ellel Short Courses, investment from various guest Ellel Speakers, Pastoral Care, Bible studies, times of personal study and reflection, group challenges, morning devotions and other times of input and teaching. Training also involves learning life skills such as Finance & Budgeting, Workplace Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Conflict Resolution. 

Course Info

The following subjects will be studied over the course of the year:

  • Practical Christianity - gain a deeper understanding of who God is, and how we can practically apply the truth of the Bible in our everyday lives.
  • Identity in Christ - understanding our identity as men and women in Christ, our capacity to be image bearer's of God's presence.
  • Introduction to Old Testament - an overview of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi.
  • Introduction to New Testament - explore some of the NT books including the Gospels, Galatians, James, John's letters and 1 & 2 Timothy.
  • Foundations of Christian Belief - an exploration of a variety of issues facing Christians today, providing Biblical and theological insight and understanding.
  • Prayer Ministry Skills - develop the skills, experience and theological understanding required to pray for others in a ministry situation.
  • Team Building, Leading and Communication Skills - develop the skills and competencies required to work, lead and communicate in a team situation.
  • Teaching and Presentation Skills - learn to engage an audience and communicate Kingdom truths in an effective and creative way.

For more information download our Student Handbook here


When can I come?

The program runs for 12 months, beginning in mid-January through to mid-December. There will be three term breaks throughout the year, giving time for students to travel and see Australia.

What will it cost?

Course Fees (2019) AUD$2,500
Live-in Food and Accommodation AUD$2,495
Total Cost AUD$4,995




 Ellel Gilbulla's YDT course is government accredited, so if you are an Australian student you can apply for government assistance. Please visit the website below for further information:

What Next?

If you are interested in being a part of our Year of Discipleship and Training in 2019 you can click the link below to apply online or you can contact us to find out more.

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Questions? Feel free to contact us ... either by emailing or by phoning 61 2 4633 8102 



"I went to Ellel Gilbulla in Australia to spend a year in their YDT program in 2012. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I know I would not be the person I am today, or have the relationship with God I enjoy, without the healing I received or the discipleship I gained while I was there.

Through the YDT I was encouraged to look deeper into why I reacted and behaved the way I did, and to begin allowing God to do the work He wanted to in my life. I discovered there were some ungodly reactions and responses in my life that Jesus wanted to work on. In order for Him to do this, there were places in my heart that I had to surrender to His Lordship which I had never really done before.

I also got stretched in areas of leadership and responsibility which required me to head-up teams overseeing certain tasks for the smooth running of the centre. These types of experiences grew my confidence incredibly and increased my management ability greatly! And the prayer ministry skills I learned on the Ellel Modular School have equipped me to pray and minister to others in ways I would never have been able to do previously.

The YDT program aims to bring restoration and discipleship to young adults, and I knew that my growth and relationship with God was a priority to the leadership there. It was such a rewarding and fulfilling experience that I would recommend the 'Year of Discipleship and Training' to anyone looking for a closer relationship with God." -
Chelsea (20 years old)


"The year was not only fun, but full of challenges. What I liked especially was the simple and practical examples of how to apply biblical principles in my day to day life. I was able to find out much more of who God really is and how I could have a personal relationship with Him. Before I came, I lacked the motivation to really pursue God – I just went to Church on Sundays. However, the YDT year stirred up my excitement for the future and how God will use me for His Kingdom. I also realise how important it is to put some time aside every day to connect with Him.


As my year came to an end, one of my biggest fears was to just fall back into old patterns once I got back home and to go back to being the person I was before. But God showed me that I didn’t have to fear. I have been able to stand up for my faith and be confident in it." - Michael (22 years old)



"My YDT year was both the hardest and greatest year of my life so far! My faith and my relationship with God were taken to new levels that I could never have imagined. With a team willing to teach you, help you grow and be there for you no matter what, the YDT is definitely a worthwhile experience. By the end you will look back and be changed!" - Ruth (21 years old)


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Questions? Feel free to contact us ... either by emailing or by phoning 61 2 4633 8102