About Pack Your Bags

About PYB

PackYourBags is a ministry of Trinity Bible College specifically designed for high school graduates willing to dedicate one year to seek God and serve others. It is especially useful for students that may not have clear direction for the next step in their lives. We sense the calling of students to long- and short-term ministry and we desire to provide opportunities for young adults to grow towards their future plans in a safe, yet challenging environment. PackYourBags positions students to hear God’s voice through seeking, learning, and serving.

Our Vision

Upon seeing the excess number of years that young people took to decide upon a major and to finally graduate, Trinity's President Dr. Paul Alexander envisioned this program to fulfill the need to cut the time it took to make a decision. We desire to see young adults take a year off of their studies and jobs to seek God's will for their lives. PYB is designed for students to graduate and be successful in any college or career. Through training and missions, students will find God and their true identity in Him. We desire to see young men and women excel in life by having an early experience that will shape their worldview and direct their future decisions for the Kingdom.

Core Values

  • The Kingdom of God — God’s Kingdom culture infiltrating the nations of this world
  • Spiritual Mentoring — Raising up the next generation through relationship
  • Real Relationships — Entering into relationships where we can be real, vulnerable, and encourage one another to grow closer to God and walk out our identity and destiny in Christ
  • Personal Discipline — Developing self-control in exercise, diet, and spiritual walk
  • Career Mentoring — Identifying student’s gifts and where they can be best applied
  • Hands-On Ministry Training — Learning to evangelize and effectively minister to others
  • Ministering Spiritual Gifts — Discovering spiritual gifts and how to move in them
  • Marketplace Ministry — Raising up a people of character and honor to effectively infiltrate the marketplace (business, education, construction, etc.) with God’s Kingdom

Education & Training

Students will be enrolled in online courses and on-campus courses designed exclusively for PYB. Group sessions throughout the week will highlight and discuss online course material, as well as provide opportunities to apply learning. The daily on-campus courses follow an interactive style of learning through videos, sharing, and discussion. These courses cover a range of topics, such as hearing God’s voice, developing an intimate relationship with God, Biblical foundations, world missions, history and culture of South Africa, evangelism, and more. PYB contains four phases:


Daily Life

  • Daily time with God
  • Accountability
  • Living in community with other PYB students
  • Training sessions by directors, TBC professors, and guest speakers
  • Online Bible courses
  • Small groups
  • Mentoring
  • Serving on campus, in the community, in the local church, and around the world