June 2–June 22, 2018*

“Outfitting you with skills to fulfill God’s calling in life.”

Are you ready to move deeper in your relationship with Christ? Do you want to take your ministry skills to the next level? Join us for STEP Advanced!

This course runs concurrently with STEP and is open to all STEP Alumni who are age 16 or older.

Cost: $1,200
($1,300 if your application is postmarked after May 7)

*The optional missions trip will go until July 3, 2018


The dates for the trip are: June 23 – July 2, 2018*
Price: TBD – check back soon, as we sort out all the details.

*Students will arrive back to Big Sandy, Texas on the 2nd. They will then be able to travel back home on July 3rd.

Going into all the World

Do you have a heart to reach people with the Gospel of Christ? Are you passionate about missions? Do you desire to travel to other countries? One of the focuses of STEP Advanced is to equip you with skills to share your faith, minister to those in need, and connect with people around the world. This summer, we are offering an optional missions trip at the end of STEP Advanced (the cost of this trip is not included in the program costs).

For those who desire to attend, some of the STEP Leadership will lead the group to a small village in Ecuador. During their week in Ecuador, they will work alongside a local church and a missionary family. Missions activities will include reaching children and families with the Gospel of Christ through a VBS-style program. This will be a perfect way to put into practice what you will learn during STEP Advanced.

If you have further questions, please contact the STEP office via email for the quickest response.

“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which He prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

STEP Advanced offers training in leadership skills, confidence building, Biblical studies, wilderness care and survival, crisis counseling, evangelism, and public speaking. These life skills are coupled with outdoor adventures, including hiking, rustic camping, and rock climbing. The heart of STEP Advanced is centered on the book of Ephesians through study and memorization.

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Eligibility & Application

STEP Advanced is open to all young ladies who have graduated from STEP in a prior year.

Your completed application must be accompanied by:

  • $25 non-refundable processing fee made payable to ALERT Academy
  • A personal photograph taken within the last 6 months
  • A family photograph taken within the last 6 months
  • A copy of your medical insurance card

Application deadline: May 2, 2018

The International ALERT Academy does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies and programs on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin.

Applications are processed beginning in February each year. We will send you an email confirming that your application has been received.

Once your application is accepted, we’ll send you a confirmation packet with additional information and materials, including a transportation form that you’ll need to submit before you come.

Click the linked PFD to learn more about:

  • Items you need to purchase and bring to STEP Advanced
  • Items that will be issued to you when you arrive
  • Gear recommendations
  • Optional gear
  • How to ship your gear to STEP Advanced ahead of time if you wish
  • What not to bring