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What is the Academy?

The Student Leadership Summer Academy is a 12-day event designed with one primary purpose in mind: to help high school students discern where God is calling them to put their skills, passions, and talents to work in the world, particularly in the work of the Church.


Date: July 9-21
University of Indianapolis
Program cost:

High school students who wish to attend must apply by April 3, 2017. Student applications will be reviewed and selected students will be notified of their acceptance. Apply now online. 

Who should attend?

This program is for any high school student (including students who are graduating seniors) who is interested in going into church ministry. This could mean as a pastor, a worship leader, a youth or children's ministry leader, a missionary, a hospital chaplain, a university chaplain, a campus minister or more.

Led by UIndy faculty and staff, as well as professors from nearby seminaries, up to 40 high school students will be engaging in worship, study, service projects, discussions, and numerous activities all designed to help each student figure out how God is calling them to use their gifts in service through the Church. This program is open to students from any denomination or church tradition, including non-denominational churches.

Daily activities

Each day will begin with breakfast followed by a worship service. There will be lectures by theologians, small group discussions and workshops led by career counselors, pastors, nonprofit organizations and business leaders to help you develop your skills and talents. There will be discussions with pastors, faculty and staff, breaks for relaxation and fun, meals together to talk about life, and more. We will close each day with a worship service designed to bring together everything you have experienced that day. Evening activities will involve more opportunities to socialize and relax. Students and small group leaders (UIndy staff, youth leaders, and college students) will live on campus in an intentional community, supporting, encouraging, and learning from each other.

If you feel like God is calling you to work for the Church in any way, we encourage you to apply! This program will help you figure out just where and how you can put your talents to work in God’s Kingdom.


Contact Rev. Corey Howard at or 317-591-7918 for more information.

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