Imagine yourself fully alive in pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Most young adults go off to university uncertain about the future and graduate five or six years later having lost themselves and depleted their bank account. Our apprentices (aged 18-25) embark daily upon an adventure of self-discovery as they turn the Love Good Standard into an intentional way of life. By the end of their gap year, they are ready to seize the future with confidence, joy, and clarity about their purpose in the world.
In a world that normalizes mediocrity and relativism, our apprentices spend nine months rooted in personal development, vocational discernment, and ongoing accompaniment. Every day, they receive training and formation from Love Good staff that covers everything from public speaking and leadership theory to principles of curating media and business entrepreneurship. In their free time, they enter into Nashville culture and learn how to mentor young people with excellence through our partnering schools and churches across the city.
This is more than a nine-month gap program. It’s a launching point for life. As our apprentices learn how to bring beauty to the forefront of their lives, we empower them to pursue truth with courage in order to change the world in a unique and unrepeatable way. While the program costs $200/month (plus living expenses in one of America’s great cultural capitals), the transferable skills, attitudes, and knowledge developed by the end of the year are priceless.
The brave pursuit of personal development and the cultivation of virtue are foundational to happiness. By living and praying in community, learning how to be intentional with leisure, and participating in daily formation, our apprentices grow together as individuals and as a community. This common pursuit of excellence with built-in accountability stretches their hearts and builds lifelong relationships.
Everyone has a unique and unrepeatable purpose in life. Between challenging our apprentices to dive into an intense rhythm of prayer every morning and empowering them to thrive in their self-directed tracks every afternoon (whether enrolled online as a student or paired with a local mentor), Love Good helps them set goals throughout the year that propel them towards a potential vocation or career.
We find ourselves in making a sincere gift of ourselves. Through local partnerships across Nashville, Love Good provides daily opportunities for our apprentices to mentor young people with excellence. Whether building friendship with students in schools or leading discipleship groups alongside local youth ministries, our apprentices have the privilege of accompanying young people in key moments of transformation.
May 1st, 2018: final commitments for upcoming program year
August 13th, 2018 – May 17th, 2019: program year
October 1st, 2018: applications open for 2019-2020 program year
Apprentices must be between the ages of 18 and 25. They must be available for the entire nine-month period (Aug. 13, 2018 – May 17, 2019) and commit to living in Nashville during that time.
STEP 1: Apply online. The first round of applications are due by December 1st. The second round are due by March 1st.
STEP 2: You will hear from Love Good to set up a video interview.
STEP 3: Offers will be sent throughout the months of January and April.
$200/month covers Love Good program costs with an additional $1000/month estimated for your living expenses (rent, utilities, and groceries). Apprentices are responsible for tuition, healthcare, car insurance, day-to-day gas money, and anything else related to their personal needs.
Though not required, we strongly encourage our apprentices to have a vehicle in Nashville. It helps with transportation every day while also allowing the freedom to explore Nashville during free time.
Apprentices are encouraged to launch personal fundraising campaigns if they cannot afford the costs of the program. Love Good cannot provide assistance beyond offering advice and recommending third-party resources like GoFundMe. Apprentices taking part-time classes are highly encouraged to seek outside scholarships that can cover additional costs like tuition and books.
Mornings are dedicated primarily to prayer and personal development. Lunch is most often set aside for outreach with young people in local schools. Afternoons are dedicated to individual tracks (academic, vocational, or entrepreneurial) and require self-motivation and discipline more than any other time of the day. Evenings are filled with opportunities for ongoing accompaniment, intentional leisure, and community-building through potlucks, house concerts, and family dinners.
Our apprentices live near each other in men’s and women’s homes around Nashville, TN. There are between 4 and 5 people in each home, and most apprentices will share a bedroom. Each home has a House Director (college grad or returning apprentice) that manages finances and groceries while also overseeing the daily rhythm of prayer, community, and house maintenance.
It is possible to enroll in classes online as a part-time student, and afternoons are dedicated to studies if an apprentice chooses the academic track. It is not possible to be a full-time or a traditional college student during the apprenticeship year.
Several evenings a week, our apprentices volunteer in local youth ministry (i.e. Life Teen and Fraternus) to strengthen and sustain the efforts of existing youth ministers, core teams, and mentors across the city. Out of that local commitment comes their leadership of discipleship groups for young people looking to go deeper in their pursuit of virtue and prayer. The apprentices also visit schools throughout the week to build relationships with students and maintain a consistent presence in their lives.
Yes! We firmly believe in the importance of intentional leisure and time to rest. There will be opportunities (especially on weekends) to explore Nashville, spend time with others, and pursue personal hobbies and interests.
Yes, our apprentices are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 17-24, 2018) and three weeks for Christmas (Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019). If costs or other factors prohibit you from going home to spend time with family, you can stay in Nashville or spend the holidays with other apprentices and their families.
First-year apprentices are diving into an intense year full of new adventures and challenges. You will be dedicating a lot of time to each other as a community and to those you accompany. We ask that our apprentices refrain from dating while serving in their first year so you are able to be fully present to those around you. If you are already in a relationship prior to arriving in Nashville, we will not ask that you break it off before coming. We simply ask that the apprenticeship program be your primary focus.
Love Good is a media company based in Nashville, TN that transforms ordinary consumers into cultural influencers. Through our curated playlists, intimate events, and exclusive patron packages, we help people consume media intentionally and bring beauty to the forefront of their lifestyle and culture.
Absolutely! Love Good is a global movement. However, we are aware of the hurdles that comes with international visas and travel arrangements, and we are prepared to work through the process with you.
Email us today to set up a phone call with one of our team members or current apprentices: firstname.lastname@example.org.