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welcome.

Vox Bivium is a nine-month, gap-year school located in Travelers Rest, SC, in northern Greenville County for high-school graduates and college-age young adults who accept the quest to gain clarity and understanding for who they truly are and what God has called them to do. Our program provides guidance for those who seek the junction where their “deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” where they learn what they most need to do and what the world needs most to have done. This junction, this crossroads is where Christ calls us. 

“The voice at the crossroads” is Vox Bivium.

 

how we teach

 

We believe the best life is one devoted to living out God’s purpose for us. Christians accept this belief as truth; however, this truth also transcends Christianity throughout the world at large. As a result, we believe in the value of asking, “What is the meaning of life?”, or for the Christ follower, “What has God called me to do?”

When we intentionally capture and leverage certain windows of time — “gaps,” if you will —spiritual formation and leadership development occur with higher success and yield lifelong results.

This type of learning and development happens best under these conditions: 

Combination of classroom and hands-on learning.

Experience and adventure to solidify and galvanize these lessons.

Carried out in cooperation with the surrounding community.

Guided by the input, investment & mentoring of competent leaders and teachers.

Our Mission


To develop clarity, truth and power for the next generation of Christians around their part in God’s story and who he has called them to be.

In his book Wishful Thinking, author Frederick Buchner describes vocation as the following:


"VOCATION: It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a man is called to do by God. There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than of Society, say, or the Super-ego, or Self-interest. By and large a good rule for finding out is this. The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you've presumably met requirement A, but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you've missed requirement B. On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement B, but if most of the time you're bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed A but probably aren't helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

In its biblical context, this statement means that students are given a healthy sense of destiny and purpose for their lives as outlined in the scriptures.





"For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." // Eph 2:6-10

 
 

Our Schedule

Vox Bivium’s program runs concurrent with most colleges’ academic school years.

  • Move-in date is Aug. 26th, 2017.
  • Classes begin Aug. 28th, 2017.
  • Graduation is May 5th, 2017.

Travel & Adventure

Students spend approximately 7-10 days each month in an experiential-based learning environment, for a total of eight trips. Half of the trips are mission trips, while the other half are adventure trips, but all have teaching components embedded with learning exercises. Students participate in the planning process and develop the areas of practical skills involved.

Examples of VoX trips include:

// Domestic urban mission trips
// Domestic rural mission trip
// International mission trip
// Backpacking and caving
// Kayak and beach trip
// Rock climbing and mountain biking
// Skiing and winter sports
 

Regular Schedule


The remaining weeks of each month are standard programming:
 

Morning classroom blocks:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
 

Afternoon blocks:
Monday — Reading, writing, laundry; Fitness/Wellness Class.
Tuesday — Hands on Experience (micro-apprenticeships/year long project).
Wednesday — Camp Work Project; Fitness/Wellness Class.
Thursday — Serving in Greenville (with ministry partners).
Friday — Fitness/Wellness Class.
 

Evening Blocks:
Monday — Discipleship/Gender specific teaching in an organic setting.
Wednesday — Evening class/ Worship.
Sunday — Worship at a partner church.
 

Core Areas of Learning & Growth


Biblical Teaching and Spiritual Formation:
Old and New Testament survey, hermeneutics, apologetics and evangelism, spiritual disciplines, role to the Holy Spirit, basic Christian doctrine and theology, principles of the church and church history, and more.
 

Leadership and Character Development:
Leadership principles, missional thinking and engagement, conflict resolution, communication, personal finance and biblical views of money, and more.
 

Clarity of Identity and Calling:
Dating and relationships, Biblical masculinity/femininity, personality and gifting, vocational direction.
 

Practical Skills:
Students choose an area of interest in which to work throughout the school year, and over the course of the year, they create a portfolio with a year-long student project. This “mini-apprenticeship” gives students a hands-on experience and knowledge of their area of interest. Area leaders in the field and the Vox Team provide input and guidance so that all students leave with the ability to make or create something, and they have marketable skills to offer — whether the students develop them in terms of their vocation or as meaningful hobbies or side ventures later in life.
 


Partners & Sponsors

Vox Bivium is fortunate to have the support of local individuals, businesses, churches and schools who provide opportunities for our students to serve the community as well as funding for operations and tuition financial aid. If you would like more details on how you can support Vox Bivium, please contact us.


Further our Cause

 

Every donation you give is tax-deductable and goes to champion our cause. We believe that students will gain clarity and understanding because of your generosity. Would you consider giving today?

 

tuition


Standard Registration: $17,500

Early Registration: $17,000 (April 30th, 2017)*


The costs include all room and board, classroom books and materials, and all travel expenses. Students can come with nothing more than spending money and be set for the year.
 

*Creative financial options are available, including fundraising, third party financing and payment plans.
*Grants and Scholarships Available - Please Inquire