Training and Support

A Word from the Director of
Program & Leadership

God may already be at work in your imagination about how you will make an impact “that will last forever.”

Pray for guidance as you explore the possibilities with ACMNP.  Do not underestimate the value of the personal experiences, education, and insights you bring to the park.


Pre-Conference Training and Preparation

Immediately after you “Accept the Call”…

  • You will be provided on-line access to a secure website that will provide preliminary training materials and contact information for your Ministry Team.
  • You will receive regular e-mail communication from the ACMNP National Office.
  • You will begin making plans to attend one of our national training conferences.

Is it possible that you have been training for this opportunity all of your life?

Of course, you realize that you have more to learn! Ministry in a national park is challenging and will highlight your strengths and expose opportunities for growth. Ministry with ACMNP is tough…but, it will be better than you can imagine!

Life and ministry in a park is as real as it gets! Alumni, business professionals, and ministry leaders tell us that ACMNP is one of the BEST ways to prepare for life-impacting ministry while developing personal, pastoral, and worship leadership skills!



Seminary and Graduate School Leadership
What we are looking for…

  • Mature followers of Jesus Christ who can affirm the principles of the Apostles’ Creed, a common statement of faith.
  • A desire to grow as a leader and experience a challenging ministry adventure.
  • A willingness to develop personal leadership and servant capacities.
  • The ability and willingness to partner with people from different Christian backgrounds and denominations.
  • The ability and willingness to interact relationally with co-workers and park visitors of different faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.
  • Summer availability of at least 90 days, through August 20th or later (as close to Labor Day as possible).
  • A commitment to ministry and calling.
  • A teachable spirit and a great attitude!


Why You Should Apply

  • Embrace spiritual, personal, and leadership development opportunities
  • Work, live, and serve in a national park
  • Discover your leadership skills and capacities through through a leadership assessment and coaching.  See for additional information about our partner organization, The Lions Lead.
  • Develop leadership attributes through practical application and practice.
  • Respond to God’s call to offer ministry in the unique culture of a national park.
  • Apply to serve as the leader of a Ministry Team
  • Seminarians and graduate students may apply for a $1,500 scholarship ($2,500 for returning graduate students)
  • Receive Field Education credit through your school (consult your school for opportunities)
  • Experience one of ACMNP’s National Ministry Conferences Colorado or Indiana
  • Outstanding ministry preparation! Our alumni serve as church planters, business leaders, pastors, college and seminary instructors, homemakers, military chaplains, teachers, and so many more critical occupations.

Your Questions Answered

Where and when is training?

Our primary training conference will be held in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies April 26-28, 2019. We will provide a shuttle from the Denver International Airport. Save the date, as this will be the best option to attend!

If you have unavoidable circumstances that make it challenging to get to our primary training, we have a smaller training option in Indianapolis May 10-12 to assist. Space is limited.

How much does it cost to apply?

The application fee is $25 which helps to cover the cost of processing your application.

How much does it cost to participate in an experience with ACMNP?

Ministry Program Fee (Summer/Winter Traditional Program)

First, there is a $25 application fee to process your application.  Second, there is $275 Program Fee.  This fee covers your training, a leadership assessment, coaching, ministry materials, mid-season support, and a post-season retreat designed to help debrief and process your ministry time in a park. Some team members choose to raise support to help cover these costs. We can help with a fundraising manual.


Additional costs:

Your travel costs to the National Training Conference in Denver, Colorado or Indianapolis, Indiana.

Your travel costs to your assigned park.  We strongly recommend that you consider taking a car to your assigned park.  Several parks are not accessible by car including:  Glacier Bay, Isle Royale, and North Cascades.


Please keep in mind that the expenses related to recruiting, training, and supporting each team member exceeds $2,500.  These additional costs are covered by hundreds of faithful supporters of ACMNP who want to invest in you and your ministry in a park.

What does my Program Fee cover?

Your fee helps to cover the following:

  • Training – (including lodging, meals, local transportation, and materials)
    • Summer Placement – National Training Conference in Denver or Indianapolis
    • Winter Placement – Online or Denver Training
  • Leadership Assessment – Administered online through our partner, The Lions Lead.
  • Assessment Interpretation – Trained volunteers and ACMNP staff will assist in the interpretation of your assessment.
  • ACMNP T-Shirt
  • Ministry Supplies (worship books, publicity, park permit processing, etc.)
  • Mid-Season Support
  • Most importantly…a coveted ACMNP sticker!!

Do I have to raise support?

No, but it is strongly recommended.  You can raise money to cover your participation fee, travel to your training, and travel to your park. Some team members decide to raise a little extra for special outreach projects in the park (community meal, themed event, Christmas in July, etc.).

Are there resources to help me with fundraising?

A fundraising manual is available upon request to help get you started.  Call the national office for encouragement, ideas, and support.


Talk with your Student Activities Director to see if college/university funds are available!  Due to the strong leadership component of our program, Ministry Team Members are sometimes able to get all or part of their travel and/or conference fees paid for.  Contact the ACMNP National Office if your school requires additional information.

How much money can I make this summer?

It depends on your specific job, but most team members are able to take home $2,500 – 3,000 at the end of their summer season, and even more in a winter season.

Does an ACMNP experience count for Field Education Credit?

Many colleges and seminaries will consider a placement with ACMNP for field education credit.  Due to the high concentration of international employees working and visiting the national parks, several schools will count time serving with ACMNP as a cross-cultural experience.  Consult your academic advisors and field education departments for more information.  Let us know if your school needs additional information about the ACMNP program.

Is there local support
in the parks?

Many parks to have local support called Ministry Support Committees (MSC).  Due to the remote locations of some parks, a local committee is not feasible.  The national office staff will provide support as needed to all parks.  A representative of ACMNP will visit your park.  Prayer partners are also provided.  It is strongly recommended that you build a team of supportive friends and family who will pray for you and provide financial resources.

Will I have a mentor?

Probably not, though this type of support may be possible through your local Ministry Support Committee. Often times, team members use their prayer partners, team members, or leadership assessment coaches in this manner. The strong leadership development nature of our ministry may mean that you are a mentor during your ACMNP experience.

Seminarians should let the ACMNP National Staff know as soon as possible if a mentor is required for their Field Education experience. We will make sure that a mentor is available to you either locally or through the national office.

How will I be trained?

Summer Placements
All Ministry Team Members serving in the summer will participate in a mandatory National Training Conference in Colorado or Indiana. Pre-conference and post-conference online materials will also be made available. Supporting information is also found on the Resource section of the Ministry Team Member log-in pages.

Winter Placements
Ministry Team Members will be trained online or locally in Denver.

Can I be excused from training?

The ACMNP training is mandatory and is considered vital for your success and the health of your team.  Exceptions are unlikely, but may be considered by the Program Director in extenuating circumstances such as death of a family member, sickness, etc.  Exceptions are not made for school related functions including finals, sporting events, or classes schedule.  Most participants must travel on the Friday of the conference in order to arrive in time.  Consult your school’s academic calendar, sport schedule, and family vacation calendar before accepting a placement with ACMNP.  Talk with your professors who will often excuse an absence or reschedule a test in order for you to participate.  Please contact the national office if you have questions or you would like to talk about your situation.

Are scholarships available?

Four types of scholarships are awarded.

  1. Seminary or Graduate School (theological or ministry related studies)

A limited number of seminarian scholarships are available.  A maximum of 25 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are available.  The scholarships are increased to $2,500 for returning seminarians.  The scholarships are awarded upon the successful completion of the student’s commitment to ACMNP and their park employer.

  1. Financial Need – Limited funds are available through the generosity of friends of ACMNP to help with a participant’s Participation Fee. The amount of the scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the national staff.
  2. Director’s Awards – Each summer three scholarships will be awarded to outstanding Ministry Team Members whose service to Christ, their team, their park community, and ACMNP is deemed Outstanding and Exceptionally Effective.
  3. Advanced Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

If chosen to participate in the ALDP, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded upon successful completion of the summer ministry program and fulfillment of commitments made to ACMNP and the park employer.

How do you choose team leaders?

The national staff prayerfully considers many sources of information in appointing team leaders including, but not limited to: application, references, indication of a desire to lead, interviews, results from the leadership assessment, recommendations, and personal conversations.

What is the Advanced Leadership Development Program (ALDP) and how do I apply?

The Advanced Leadership Development Program or ALDP is designed to provide a deeper level of leadership training and development. A limited number of participants, usually 10-15 are accepted in the program each summer. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded which may be offered in addition to the Seminarian Scholarship. For more information download the ALDP summary.

To apply complete your ACMNP application and then contact the ACMNP National Office to secure the ALDP application..

While seminarians may receive priority for this program, any team member is welcome and encouraged to apply!

What is The Lions Lead?

The Lions Lead is a partner organization that provides world-class leadership development tools to organizations and individuals globally. Ministry Team Members will take the Successful Student Profile (valued at $150) online through The Lions Lead. This resource is covered in your Program Fee. Participants in the ALDP will take the more robust and substantial Leader Manager Profile (valued at $400). This resource is covered by generous donors through ACMNP. Additional information can be found at:

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