May - August

​Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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Lake Powell

​Extending 186 miles, with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell has become a top destination for boaters. Whether you stay on the shore and explore by foot, or jump on a powerboat, houseboat, or kayak to explore the 90% of boat-only accessible land, Glen Canyon surely will not disappoint!

​A River Transformed

Glen Canyon was once a deep, winding canyon in the middle of an untouched desert plain. With the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, the Colorado River was transformed into pristine Lake Powell. The blue of the sky and lake is separated by a red ribbon of sandstone cliffs, monoliths, canyons, and even the world’s largest natural bridge—Rainbow Bridge!

The large amount of water supplied by Lake Powell, paired with the vast desert plains, makes this region a perfect location to find desert bighorn sheep, puma, coyote, great blue herons, vultures, roadrunners, and even rattlesnakes!

What We Do

ACMNP in Glen Canyon provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and international employees
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Ministry Team Member Information

Our Glen Canyon – Lake Powell team is typically comprised of 3-4 individuals who all serve in the same park location. 

  • Summer only
  • Mentors not available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment at the Lake Powell Resort at the Wahweap Marina location.

  • Area: ​1,960 mi²
  • Established: October 27, 1972
  • Visitation: 4,574,940 in 2017

"My summer at Bullfrog was marked by moments of embodying and extending the love of Jesus Christ through impactful conversations and interactions, placing little nuggets of wisdom and truth in people’s lives, whether tourists or friends in the park. This summer was a constant opportunity to minister to those around us through word, action, and deed."

Daniel M., 2017

Glen Canyon-Lake Powell, UT, AZ

Park Experience FAQ's

What to Expect

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? You have come to the right place. In addition to having a national park as your backyard, you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and important ministry efforts. National parks, although beautiful, are remote and challenging locations.

Can I choose my park?

While we cannot guarantee that you will get your top preference, we do consider your requests as we assemble teams. There is a section of the application where you will be able to list your top three park preferences.

If we are not able to offer you the park of your choosing, we will suggest an alternate park location that might fit with your interests and team needs. We ask that you apply to ACMNP for the ministry experience more than the park location, and we will do our best to find a good fit.

As you can imagine, team assembly is a complicated process. Every team member placement has to take into account employer needs, team needs, dates of availability, various ministry logistics, and applicant interests. We appreciate your flexibility and openness through this process. Trust us, by the end of a summer with ACMNP, every team member claims their national park as the best national park. There really is no bad placement!

What does a typical week look like?

One of the greatest ministry opportunities you will have is through your seasonal employment. Working 40-hours each week through the local hospitality concessionaire gives you the opportunity to get to know and work alongside those within the community. Not only does your employment provide you with an income, but working in this context gives you credibility for your ministry as you become friends with people who may have negative associations with Christians. That said, a big portion of your week will be your job, which is also a significant part of your ministry.

Can I apply with a friend?

Yes, you can absolutely apply with a friend! You will find a section on the application to indicate who you are hoping to serve with, please be sure to list them there.

If you are applying with a group of people, we would strongly encourage you to separate into pairs, and spread out into multiple parks. The experience is typically much stronger when you are serving on a team with new friends from different backgrounds. Not to mention, groups of friends serving in multiple parks generally enjoy sharing their experiences and encouraging one another from across the parks.

Who are we looking for?

  • Mature baptized followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Can affirm the principles of the Apostle's Creed, a common statement of faith.
  • Men and women, generally 18-30 years of age, who desire to grow as leaders and experience a challenging ministry adventure.
  • Ability and willingness to partner with people from different Christian backgrounds.
  • 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).
  • High level of commitment to ministry and calling.

What will this cost me?

Ministry Team Members will actually earn an income through seasonal employment with private park hospitality companies (concessionaires). Additionally, seminarians enrolled in a seminary or theological graduate program will be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship stipend ($2,500 for returning seminarian leaders). Room and board is provided at minimal cost and differs by national park location and employer. You will find quickly that living in a national park is very inexpensive, and most team members usually walk away with $2500-3000 in their pockets by the end of the summer!

ACMNP's ministry in the national parks is a specialized effort and presents unique challenges. Therefore, every ministry team member is required to attend the ACMNP National Leadership Conference. There is a $25 application fee to process your application, and a $275 participation fee to cover training, program, and season expenses. Some team members choose to raise support to help cover these costs.

Please also note that Ministry Team Members are responsible for transportation to/from the leadership conference and transportation to/from the national park where they will serve.

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