The Ecclesia project is a team of Kingswood University (KU) students that partners with high school students, who are sent out to serve in a global, urban, or local ministry environment. Each project begins with training on the KU campus.

Ecclesia is intended to give students hands on experience in kingdom building ministry, while providing one-on-one mentorship with KU students. Our hope is that everyone involved would gain a clearer understanding of the Kingdom, ministry, and the call God has on their lives – all for the glory of God.

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  1. Apply for Ecclesia online right here.
  2. Have your pastor fill out a reference form here.
  3. Acceptance will be granted through the KU Enrolment Department.
  4. Contact the Enrolment Department with any questions!  1.506.432.4422 or enrolment@kingswood.edu

Early Bird application date is February 15, 2016. Apply by the early bird date for a chance to win something awesome!

Maritime Ecclesia Project: NB, NS, PEI (August 21 – August 30, 2016)

Cost: $575
Description: Partner with local ministries to serve the Maritimes
Application Dates:

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2016*

* If you applied recently and/or past the first deposit date, please contact higgsk@kingswood.edu to adjust your first deposit date.

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $575 by August 7th, 2016.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit (within 2 weeks of acceptance)
  • $250 July 1st, 2016
  • $225 Payment in full – August 7th, 2016

Global Ecclesia Project: Guatemala (July 9 – July 21, 2016)

Cost: $2750
Description: Cross-Cultural ministry in Guatemala
Application Dates:

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2016*

You can read more about the ministry we will partner with in Guatemala HERE.

* If you applied recently and/or past the first deposit date, please contact higgsk@kingswood.edu to adjust your first deposit date.

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $2750 by June 24th, 2016.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit (within 2 weeks of acceptance)
  • $1000 Airfare Deposit – May 13th, 2016
  • $825 June 3rd, 2016
  • $825 (Payment in full) – June 24th, 2016

A note on vaccinations:

If you are a part of the global project, you will likely need to get immunizations. Please contact your family doctor or a local travel clinic no later than 4-6 weeks of your travel. Your team will be traveling to Guatemala City, Rio Dolce, Monte Ricco and El Dormido. Your doctor will need that information to determine what, if any, vaccinations you need.

You may find health Canada’s information on this helpful:

http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines

Students will travel to urban locations and engage in inner-city ministry. Ministry opportunities will vary from serving at soup kitchens to street evangelism.

Urban Ecclesia Project I: Washington, DC (June 26 – July 6, 2016)

Cost: $1095
Description: Inner-city ministry in Washington, DC.
Application Dates:

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2016*

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $1095 by June 13th, 2016.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit (within 2 weeks of acceptance)
  • $500 May 30th, 2016
  • $495 (Payment in full) – June 13th, 2016

Urban Ecclesia Project II: New York City (July 25 – August 3, 2016)

Cost: $995
Description: Inner-city ministry in New York City
Application Dates:

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2016*

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $995 by July 11th, 2016.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit (within 2 weeks of acceptance)
  • $500 June 13th, 2016
  • $395 (Payment in full) – July 11th, 2016

Urban Ecclesia Project III: Toronto (August 7 – August 18, 2016)

Cost: $995
Description: Inner-city ministry in Toronto
Application Dates:

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2016*

* If you applied recently and/or past the first deposit date, please contact higgsk@kingswood.edu to adjust your first deposit date.

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $995 by July 25th, 2016.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit (within 2 weeks of acceptance
  • $300 June 6th, 2016
  • $300 July 4th, 2016
  • $295 (Payment in full) – July 25th, 2016

If you are accepted to be a part of one of the Ecclesia Projects, you would complete three forms:

  1. Travel Profile.
  2. Team Covenant, Release & Consent.
  3. Travel & Medical Consent.

Accepted Ecclesia participants can complete these forms by logging  into Managed Missions here:

Managed Missions

How do I know if I’m accepted to be a part of one of the projects?

Once your application and pastor’s reference form is submitted (see above), an enrolment worker or a member of the Ecclesia team will contact you to let you know if you’ve been accepted. You’ll also receive a confirmation acceptance letter in the mail.

Who is chaperoning/leading?

There will be four Kingswood University students leading each project. The Kingswood students have primary responsibility for the high school students while the teams are traveling. The Global trip will have an accompanying older adult and partnerships with ministry leaders on location.

What is my schedule for the week?

You can expect this webpage to be updated with regards to itinerary as soon as that information is available. Itineraries are subject to change.

What kinds of ministry am I going to be doing?

The heart behind Ecclesia is, first and foremost, to serve. You will have many opportunities to learn more about what that looks like in different ways depending on which project you are a part of. Feel free to browse the photos on this page, as well as photos on the Facebook page from the Ecclesia team, for a glimpse into the 2015 projects and the sorts of things you’ll likely be a part of by being on one of the Ecclesia teams in 2016!

What are the Costs?

Total costs will be listed under the trip headings on this webpage. These costs cover accommodations, food, and travel. Any personal expenses beyond these basic needs will need to be brought with you (shopping…etc.). Donations and payments can be made online (see below) by calling our business office (1-506-432-4400) or by sending a cheque to Kingswood University. All donations/payments will be receipted for tax purposes.

Student’s traveling from a farther distance to campus are encouraged to factor in travel expenses in their fundraising. If you raise above and beyond the amount needed to cover your Ecclesia expenses and keep your travel receipts from your travel to campus, we will reimburse you this amount (if it’s in your account) before you head back home.

Do I need a passport?

Yes! You are required to have a passport. If you do not currently have a passport, apply for one right away. All trips begin on campus at Kingswood University, which will also require a passport. The exception to this is Canadian students participating in the Maritime and Toronto projects. 

Will my parents/ guardians be able to contact me while I’m on the road?

Yes. Your parents will be provided with a number to call for emergencies. You will also be permitted to bring your personal cell phones on the trip, but will be asked to put it away if/when it is a distraction from the ministry you are a part of.  Note, taking your personal cell phone out of country could result in significant roaming charges — check with your mobile service provider before departing.

Will we do any sight seeing?

Yes. Each trip will provide an opportunity for some sight seeing while you are there.

Can I, or any donors, get a receipt(s) for any payments made? If I can’t go, can I get a refund?

Absolutely. Every non-refundable donation will be issued a charitable donation receipt.  If you decide not to attend your project, any donations will be transferred to the project at-large.

Every deposit made will be issued a receipt.  Your first $100 deposit is non-refundable.  $1000 for the Global project airfare is non-refundable on or after May 14th. Other than non-refundable amounts ($100 deposit and $1000 airfare), deposits can be refunded by 10 business days prior to departure.

If you have questions about this, please contact the business office at Kingswood: 1-506-432-4400.

Will I need any Immunizations?

If you are a part of the global project, you will likely need to get immunizations. Please contact your family doctor or a local travel clinic no later than 4-6 weeks of your travel. Your team will be traveling to Guatemala City, Rio Dolce, Monte Ricco and El Dormido. Your doctor will need that information to determine vaccinations.

You might find this website dry:

http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines

Is there a dress code for the Ecclesia project?

We would simply ask that every student have at least one outfit that is “Sunday Best.” Ladies, we suggest you bring a skirt for leading church services (at or below the knee please). Shorts that are not too short (mid-thigh or lower) may be worn. Men, we suggest you bring at least one collared shirt and dress pants. Keep summer temperatures in mind as well as your location. With all the projects, you’ll be outside often and moving around. Dress comfortably and modestly. More details will come to you upon acceptance and depending on your project.

Where will we be staying?

Maritime Students – Will be staying on campus at Kingswood and traveling daily to different ministry sites. We will be mainly staying in Host Homes while in Nova Scotia and PEI.

Washington, DC Students – Will be staying at the “First Trinity Lutheran Church” – a ministry center in DC.

Guatemala Students – Will be staying at the ministry center and Pastor David’s (host for the week) home.

Will Kingswood help us with support raising?

Kingswood can provide a sample letter for any student who wants to raise funds by mail. We’ll have someone helping you along the way after you apply.

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Donation receipts (non-refundable) are available for gifts from others including parents.

Please use one of the following forms if a donation receipt is required.  When completing the form, under Gift Designation, choose “I would like my gift to be used for the following …” and in the comments box enter “Ecclesia” and the name of the student being supported:

Donation in Canadian Funds
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Name: Oliver Locke
Year: 4th Year
Program: BA in Ministry, Worship Leading Track, Church Planting minor
Home Province: Nova Scotia
Hobbies/Passions: Music
Favourite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Food: Thai food or Sushi
Bucket List: Save someone’s life, plant a church, travel Europe, go sky diving
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit… Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Greece)

Name: Laurel Corbett
Year: 4th Year
Program: BA in Global Ministry & BA in Christian School Education
Home Province: New Brunswick
Hobbies/Passions: painting, traveling, cooking, dancing
Favourite Bible Verse: Psalm 121
Favourite Colour: yellow
Favourite Food: chicken nuggets and fries OR chicken parmesan
Bucket List: Visit giraffes in a safari, dance on the Radio City Music Hall stage, ride a large roller coaster, be a teacher overseas.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit… New Zealand

Name: Michalla Veach
Year: 3rd year
Program: BA in Global Ministry
Home State: Michigan
Hobbies/Passions: I love running and being outside
Favourite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38-39
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Food: Mexican food
Bucket List: Skydiving, going to all the continents, get married, learn another language
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit… I would really love to visit Cambodia and some of the other countries around there.

Name: Austin White
Year: 2nd Year
Program: BA in Ministry, Pastoral Track
Home Province: Nova Scotia
Hobbies/Passions: Rugby, Surfing, camping and discipleship
Favourite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Food: Potato & Hamburger
Bucket List: 1) Plant a church 2) Skydive 3) Live in Toronto 4) Repeat #1
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit.. Istanbul, Turkey



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