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Figuring out your plans for after high school? Consider taking a gap year at Hidden Acres, living, learning, working, and growing with us.




The Ministry School (or "TMS") is a gap year program in partnership with Emmaus Bible College for college-age students interested in living, learning, working, and growing at Hidden Acres. This new partnership  will allow students to take online courses from Emmaus for only $600 a class! Students will be able to receive up to 24 credits from an accredited, Christ-centered college while living and working at Hidden Acres.

The Ministry School is based on four pillars of growth: academic, spiritual, vocational, and personal. It is designed for students who either want to enter full-time ministry or are unsure of their future career plans and could benefit from an intentional year of growth before starting college or a full-time job. If you have any questions, please email Eric Smith.

Use the links below to learn more about The Ministry School and fill out an application to get the enrollment process started!

Ministry School
Gap Year Program in Iowa
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Each session of TMS starts in August, but you should be thinking about deadlines months before then.  We've created a graphic to help students keep track of these important dates. Click the link below to learn about the early, regular, and rolling deadlines.


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Hidden Acres hosts TMS preview days for prospective students, families, and youth pastors. These days are free and include a presentation, lunch, a tour, a work project, and a life skills class with current students. As preview days are scheduled we will post a link to an info card below.

If you can't make it to a preview day, don't worry!  We would still love for you to visit! Contact Eric Smith to set up a date to come to Hidden Acres and have your own personal preview day.  You'll enjoy all of the same activities - presentation, camp tour, work projects, classes with the current students, and free food - and we can provide overnight lodging if needed!


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