Leaders Academy is a nine-month internship designed to equip young leaders with a Biblical worldview and to to equip them with the life skills necessary to reach their full potential in Christ. Applied Life Leaders Academy is designed to teach this culture how to take God’s Word and apply it to their everyday lives so that they can achieve the victories that God has for them.
A challenging and captivating academic life coupled with real hands-on ministry internship will enable this generation to develop and discover their God-given talents and gifts. There is stimulating study, intense worship, fun fellowship, and just the right amount of play. Applied Life Leaders Academy doesn’t just keep teaching in the classroom, but provides this generation the opportunity to “experience” what is being learned, rather than merely contemplate it.
At Applied Life Leaders Academy we focus on developing the whole person, body, soul and spirit.
You may choose to apply by mail. Alternatively, you may fill out an online application form and simply upload or mail your transcript(s)/GED copy.
Please read the instructions below carefully to make sure you understand the application process. We do not process incomplete applications.
Instructions for Online Submission
- Submit the online application form accessible through the link below
- You will be asked to submit a high school transcript or official GED certificate. You can upload scanned copies during the application process or send by mail.
- Mail any transcripts or GED certificates in one packet to:Applied Life Leaders Academy
PO Box 8500
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71910
Instructions for Submission by Mail
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM FOR INTERNSHIP
- Download the Internship Application and follow the instructions for completing all the components of your application for Leaders Academy internship. Make sure you complete every step listed in the application or the application will not be processed.
- Mail all forms together in one packet to:
Applied Life Leaders Academy
PO Box 8500
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71910
- We will contact you to let you know we have received your application, and to arrange an interview in person or by phone.
- We will generally notify you of your acceptance or denial within two weeks of your interview.
- Applicants are not accepted to Applied Life Leaders Academy program until they have received an official notification of acceptance from the Applied Life Admissions Office.
- Accepted interns will receive further instructions by email from Leaders Academy.
If you have any questions about your application procedure, please call or email us.
As a current or soon-to-be high school graduate, your life is about to change. In the next few years you will be faced with important decisions and luring temptations that come as a result of independence and peer pressure. Are you ready?
It might surprise you to know that one in four students who enroll in a four-year public or private college will drop out, and just half of those remaining will achieve a degree. Also while in that first year of college 44% of the students will drink alcohol and experience adverse emotional problems. Studies have even revealed that more than 80% of Christian young people turn away from God during their college years. The fact is you may have already become one of these statistics. Many college freshmen simply are not ready spiritually or emotionally for the challenges that they are about to encounter. Are you ready?
Having direction for your future is vital and college is important. Yet many of today’s young people are influenced in their decisions concerning their future by peer pressure and our culture. Now is the time to focus on developing godly character and leadership skills that will propel you into a future full of victories and blessings. Applied Life Leaders Academy offers you an opportunity to prepare yourself for the challenges that are unique to your generation and to be immersed in the most incredible transforming experience of your life. Are you ready? We are!
Paul and Angela Kern have worked together at Applied Life for over 25 years and are graduates of Applied Life. They have two sons, Clark and Cole. Paul and Angela have a heart of compassion for the interns of LA and a unique insight that their past experience provides. Paul’s approach is positive, inspirational, challenging and faith-filled!
Mike and Lynlee McMillan both teach at Applied Life Leaders Academy and have two children Campbell and Carson. Mike and Lynlee have been on staff for over 10 years. They both attended and graduated from Christian Ministries Academy. Mike and Lynlee have a real heart for the interns and a strong desire to provide practical, godly wisdom to assist them in becoming the leaders God has destined them to be.
David and MeLisa Pate both teach at Applied Life Leaders Academy and have two children Olivia and Eli. David and MeLisa have been on staff for over 12 years. They have a heart for today’s young adults and desire to see them develop and grow in the abilities God has placed inside of them. David is a graduate of Applied Life and Melisa graduated from Christian Ministries Academy.
Katy-Beth Davis is the Resident Assistant at Applied Life Leaders Academy and has been on staff for over 5 years. Having the distinction of being a graduate of Applied Life, Katy-Beth knows how to help guide and encourage the current interns to get all that God has for them during their time here. Katy-Beth has a real love and passion for the interns and this is seen daily in her interaction with them. Katy-Beth resides in the dorms with the interns and assists them in various ways.
After graduating from Christian Ministries Academy, Josh Barnett volunteered for CMA and the church for over three years. Josh met his wife Sarah while she attended Applied Life Leaders Academy. During this time they became active volunteers as youth leaders in CMC’s Source Youth Group. Now Josh and Sarah are the full-time Youth Pastors of The Source Youth Group and are also teachers at Applied Life. Josh and Sarah are committed to seeing leaders connect deeply with Jesus and become active followers of Him. Josh and Sarah have two children Micah and Judah.
Brandon and Clair Tryon are the Worship Pastors of Applied Life Leaders Academy. Brandon leads the Worship Track and he helps cultivate young worshipers as they learn how to lead and experience worship for themselves on a whole new level. Brandon’s knowledge, skill set, and passion for worship captivates and challenges the LA interns and takes them to another level regardless of what their skill level may be. Together, Brandon and Clair live to see leaders developed so that they might motivate God’s people to worship Him in spirit and truth.
Jason and Sydney Ross, both alumni of Applied Life Leaders Academy, serve as teachers and leaders at Applied Life. Jason and Sydney also serve as the Children’s Pastors at Christian Ministries Church. Jason is also a worship leader at CMC. Sydney serves as the social media director and digital graphic arts director. Jason and Sydney have a heart for the interns and love connecting with them on a personal level. Jason and Sydney provide wisdom and godly counsel for the interns during their time at Leaders Academy.
Being taught in the classroom is great, but getting to go hands-on is even better. At Leaders Academy we give interns an opportunity to get involved and learn from experience. Develop yourself while reaching your generation in church ministry. Each day you will have the opportunity to intern in various ministries. Interns will be given the opportunity to explore and develop their God-given talents and abilities as they minister daily in their specific track.
The Worship Ministry Track is for interns gifted in the area of singing, playing an instrument, and writing songs. In this track you will minister closely with our Sunday morning worship team as we invite the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere of praise and worship. Interns will also lead worship for Leaders Academy chapel each Friday, Men’s Seminar is held in the spring, Christian Ministries Church Conference held annually, and travel from time to time to minister at other locations. Any intern with a gift or calling in corporate worship will learn, grow, and expand over the 9 months here at Leaders Academy. Our worship pastor Brandon Tryon, is extremely gifted in worship and he will take you to another level as a musician and worship leader.
Our concept of Children’s Ministry is the same as what Jesus taught His disciples…”bring them to me.” (Luke 18:16) The Children’s Ministry consists of 4 through 12 year olds who are led to experience the love of God in fresh, innovative ways. Teaching, worship, special events and games are all a part of Children’s Ministry. This track will place interns right in the heart of working with children and is a must for those who love kids and want to be an influence in their lives. Our children’s pastors and LA graduates Jason and Sydney Ross are top notch!
No matter what your gifting may be, there is a place for you in “The Source” Student Ministries. This is a fast -paced, energetic, “all hands on deck” ministry with many opportunities to make a difference in this youth culture. Here you will be able to connect with teens, develop your leadership, and gain personal mentoring from Youth Pastors Josh and Sarah Barnett. Josh and Sarah have a “BIG Heart” for young people and working alongside them is a real opportunity to be trained and grow. This track is for anyone interested in serving the body through the ministry of youth.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & ATHLETICS
If you are excited about the idea of being able to work beside seasoned, skilled, passionate teachers then this track is for you. The Christian Education and Athletics track is designed to give our interns an opportunity to develop and use their academic gifting with today’s young people. Mentoring, being involved in the classroom, assisting in sports, learning from qualified teachers, and being trained by the school leadership is an opportunity of a lifetime. Christian Ministries Principal David Pate and LA graduate Katy-Beth Davis are incredibly gifted with young people, and this track will enable you to gain leadership skills that will promote you wherever you go.
CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL MEDIA
This track is designed for those who know their way around a computer and have an interest in video editing, desktop publishing, audio podcast creation, soundboard technitioning, or worship software presentation. Interns will be working in a Windows/Adobe environment as they are trained in building videos for ministry, brochures, posters, and ministry audio podcasts. Media has become an important area in ministry for this generation and Leaders Academy wants to train its interns to use it to its fullest potential. LA instructors and graduates Jason Ross and Anderson Bishop are extremely gifted in all these areas and he possesses the ability to equip interns to be proficient in all these areas.
GRAPHIC DESIGN AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Graphic Design and Social Media track plays such a huge part in the growth of this ministry. This track is designed for those who are familiar with Adobe design products, who desire to learn more about graphic design, and who love social media. In this track you will create pieces in various Adobe design products for all departments of the church such as, flyers, brochures, posters, sermon slides, social media pieces, and web design. Along with that you will learn how to market events and how to effectively minister to people via social media. Working with all other departments of the church is one of the many benefits that Graphic Design and Social Media track offers. LA Instructor and Graduate, Sydney Ross, has a heart for all things ministry and loves to teach and equip interns in their endeavor to serve the Body of Christ.
This course equips the intern with reasons for his faith in accordance with I Peter 3:15 which says,”Always be ready to give reason of the hope that is in you.” Apologetics analyzes the reliability of the New and Old Testaments, messianic and historical prophecies, the resurrection and how recent archaeological discoveries have shown the Bible to be a historically accurate and reliable work of antiquity. This course also tackles the tough questions raised by critics.
Intro to Life Application
(Men and Women taught separately) Men of Purpose: This course instructs men in hygiene, etiquette, protocol with the opposite sex, and chivalry. It also covers their Biblical roles as protector, provider, and guide. Women of Purpose: This course gives young women a vision for becoming a Proverbs 31 woman. Make-up, clothing, fashion, and color coordination are discussed and applied. This course also emphasizes lifestyle skills in social settings, temperament management, self-esteem and communication skills.
Applied Life Application
(Men and Women taught separately) Men: This course is designed to give young men practical knowledge of electricity, carpentry, plumbing, small engines, and auto mechanics. It enables the intern to do his own home repair work, without the expensive aid of professionals. Women: This course is designed to give young women hands-on experience in buying and preparing meals, entertaining, decorating and all the general needs of managing a home.
This course teaches the godly design of the family through understanding the role of the man, woman and child within the family unit. It deals with relationships between the wife, husband, parents and children, extensively discussing methods of child discipline, as well as important marital issues. Students learn by example through the godly pattern lived out in front of them by staff families. Interns will get a vision for a godly home as a result of this course.
Life of Christ
This course takes a look into the life of the greatest man who ever walked the earth. By learning from the Master, interns will plunge into the teachings of Jesus, be challenged by his teachings, and come to know the greatest King, Jesus Christ, the Son of God intimately.
Management of Life
This course encourages leadership abilities and develops individual potential. Leaders observe their habits, organizational skills, financial skills, mental patterns, and learn time management. This course is all about learning to walk in wisdom and apply the Word daily in every situation.
Prayer & Intercession
In this class interns will be taught the value of prayer. Learning how to connect with God, hear His voice, intercede, praying in faith, standing on the promises of God’s Word, the power of agreement, and more is taught in this class. Interns won’t just be taught, but will experience the power prayer for themselves.
This course surveys the 27 books of the New Testament by first looking at the 4 Gospels and how they reveal Jesus as King, Servant, Man, and God. Books are analyzed in the Eschatological, Soteriological, Christological and Ecclesiological categories and special attention is given to see how God’s Word is applicable for today.
This course examines the Old Testament in light of God’s plan of redemption. It also reveals God’s character through the Pentateuch and the writings of the Prophets. Interns learn about substitutionary sacrifice, redemption, atonement, salvation and more. Special attention is given to see how God’s Word is applicable for today. The Old Testament comes alive in this intern picked favorite course.
This course is a detailed study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. This course covers Paul’s foundational teachings of the Gospel of Jesus including mankind’s moral guilt before God, justification by faith, sanctification through union with Christ, Christian life and service, and the outflow of Christian love. This course makes clear the plan of salvation for mankind.
This course teaches the practical application of Christian doctrines and their purpose in daily living. Topics include the following: the attributes of God, the deity of Christ, the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, faith, heaven, hell, gifts of the spirit and more. This course is vital as it gives the intern a deep, concise, solid foundation for their faith.
Culture & Philosophy
This course studies the development of modern Western thought and culture from the early New Testament Christians up to the 20th century United States. This course is designed to educate interns to understand the times they are living in and not allow the trends of culture to influence them toward worldly practices. Topics include media, movies, music, homosexuality, the sanctity of life, and many more.
Intro to Leadership
Leadership is at the forefront of every major decision. Whether it’s making a move, trying something new, picking a college, starting a business, or making the commitment of marriage; nothing happens without leadership. Introduction to Leadership is structured to increase each intern’s ability to lead himself or herself, others, and the nation. Through interactive teaching, training, and discussion, this course will develop each intern’s ability to influence their generation for Christ.
This course will continue the process of developing leadership by showing the interns that the most effective way to lead is by modeling, molding, and mentoring. Interns will learn the art of being productive, reproducing their gifts in others, and delegation. This course will cause interns to evaluate who they are and what effect they are having on people. It will also motivate them to be someone who makes a difference.
Mastering Your Finances
This course teaches interns about the purpose of money and how to handle it. Some of the different topics discussed are; how to balance a checkbook, credit cards, investing, saving, tithing, purchasing a vehicle and more. Interns will develop an understanding of being good stewards over their finances and will learn how to receive God’s blessings on their money by way of wisdom and obedience.
The cost is $4500.00, which covers the following.
- Books: This covers all books during the 9 month stay.
- Branson Trip (There is a Leaders Academy weekend trip to Branson, MO.)
- Dorm Fee: This is for the upkeep and maintenance of the dorm room during your 9 months and for cleaning and restoration after you leave.
- Internet Fee: This provides 24 hour internet during the interns entire 9 month stay.
- Make the one-time payment of $4500.00, due on August 1st.
- Make two payments of $2250.00 each, the first being due on August 1st and the second due on December 1st.
- Make monthly payments of $500.00, beginning August 1st, with payments on the 1st of each month for 10 months for a total of $5000.00.
This does not include the cost of meals, laundry, incidentals, and personal spending money.
There are 3 options for payment: