Are you a college graduate looking for more ministry experience, a master’s degree, and leadership training in a ministry context of your choice? Consider applying for The Residency at Hidden Acres!




The Residency at Hidden Acres is a one-year integrated master’s degree program designed to educate, equip, and empower the next generation of servant leaders for a lifetime of Christian ministry.



Hidden Acres has partnered with Eleven:6, a faith-infused experiential education organization, and its partner universities to give residents the ability to complete a graduate leadership degree in a practical ministry setting.

Residents earn a Master of Arts degree in either Christian Leadership (Anchor Christian University) or Organizational Leadership (Clarks Summit University). Residents are scheduled for 10 hours per week to work on their coursework.




Residents work approximately 20 hours per week in a personalized ministry setting - either at Hidden Acres or in a local Evangelical Free church. 

Residents are equipped to lead in a setting that fits their gifts, passions, and future career goals. Placements may include youth, children’s, pastoral, worship, or camp ministry. Email Eric for current placement options.

Interested in Becoming a Placement Option for Residents? Complete this form.




Residents spend approximately 15 hours per week serving at Hidden Acres. This includes both weekday and weekend responsibilities, serving in every area of camp, including kitchen, programming, office, hospitality, maintenance, and grounds.



Dates: The program runs from August through August each year. Residents complete their coursework and ministry placement during the school year and then serve in a leadership position on summer staff at Hidden Acres. 

Finances: A primary goal of The Residency is to launch residents who are not only equipped for ministry but also debt free. Residents will receive room and board, a work stipend of $800 a month, and a ministry scholarship of $500 a month. This will more than cover the program cost and tuition from either university.




Applicants need to complete an application, four references, and interview for The Residency. They also need to apply to one of the two partner universities.


See “Application Process” for more information. Email Eric Smith with any questions about The Residency.


3837 UNION AVE, DAYTON, IA 50530      Tel. 515-547-2751      Fax 515-547-2752      OFFICE@HACAMPS.ORG

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