Ecclesia


The Ecclesia project is a team of Kingswood University (KU) students partnering with high school students, who are sent out to serve in either a global, urban, or local ministry context. Each project begins with training on Kingswood’s campus.

Ecclesia is intended to give high school students hands-on experience in kingdom building ministry, while providing one-on-one mentorship led by Kingswood team members. Our hope is that everyone involved would gain a clearer understanding of what it looks like to do ministry and discover the call God has on their lives.

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  1. Apply for Ecclesia online right here.
  2. Acceptance will be granted through the KU Enrolment Department.
  3. Contact the Enrolment Department with any questions!  1.506.432.4422 or enrolment@kingswood.edu

Note: If you have applied for Ecclesia using a paper application, please send this link to your pastor to have them complete a pastoral reference for you online.

Early Bird application date is February 15, 2017. Apply by the early bird date for a chance to win something awesome!

July 1 – July 13 Urban Ecclesia Project I Toronto
July 15 – July 27 Urban Ecclesia Project II New York City
July 29 – August 9 Maritime Ecclesia Project NB, NS, PEI
August 12 – August 26 Global Ecclesia Project Guatemala

Maritime Ecclesia Project: NB, NS, PEI (July 29 – August 9, 2017)

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

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017*

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $575 by July 14th, 2017.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit by April 4th, 2017
  • $300 by June 15th, 2017
  • $225 payment in full July 14th, 2017

Global Ecclesia Project: Guatemala (August 12 – August 26, 2017)

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

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017*

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

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $2750 by July 28th, 2017.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit by April 14th
  • $1000 airfare deposit by June 15, 2017
  • $1000 by July 14th, 2017
  • $650 by July 28th, 2017

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 from when you will 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 participating in street evangelism.

Urban Ecclesia Project I: Toronto (July 1 – July 13, 2017)

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

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017*

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $995 by June 15th, 2017.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit by April 4th, 2017
  • $300 by May 15th, 2017
  • $595 by June 15h, 2017

Urban Ecclesia Project II: New York City (July 15 – 27, 2017)

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

  • Early Bird: February 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017*

Following is a minimum payment schedule to cover the entire $995 by June 15th, 2017.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit by April 4th, 2017
  • $300 by May 15th, 2017
  • $595 by June 15th, 2017

If you have been accepted to be a part of one of the Ecclesia Projects, you will need to complete these 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 counsellor or a member of the Ecclesia team will contact you to let you know if you’ve been accepted. You will also receive a confirmation acceptance letter in the mail.

Who is chaperoning/leading?

There will be four KU students leading each project. The KU students will have primary responsibility for the high school students while the teams are traveling. The global trip will have an accompanying professor, along 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 what that looks like depending on which project you are a part of. Feel free to browse the photos on this page, as well as photos on the Ecclesia Facebook page, for a glimpse into the previous projects. You will likely do the same sorts of things when you join one of the Ecclesia teams for 2017!

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.

If you are traveling from a distance from the Kingswood campus, you are encouraged to factor in travel expenses into your fundraising. If you raise above and beyond the amount needed to cover your Ecclesia expenses and keep your travel receipts from your travel to the KU campus, we will reimburse you this amount (if it is 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. Remember that you will be training here on the KU campus and will need a passport if you are an American student. The exception to this is if you are a Canadian student 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 during ministries times.  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 June 15th. 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 when you will 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 useful:

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.” Girls, 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. Boys, 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 will be outside often and moving around. Dress comfortably and modestly. You will find out more details upon acceptance and depending on your project.

Where will we be staying?

Maritime students will be staying on campus at Kingswood and host homes, depending on the ministry assignments.

NYC students will be staying at Living Waters Fellowship Church in Brooklyn, NY.

Guatemala students will be staying at the Centro Cristiano Cultural de Guatemala ministry center and Pastor David’s 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 will have someone helping you along the way after you apply.

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Donation receipts (non-refundable) are available for those wishing to donate to a student’s ministry trip.

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:

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Name: Caleb MacCallum
Year: 3rd
Program: Major: BA in Ministry 
Home Province/State: Ontario
Hobbies/Passions: playing hockey, longboarding, board games, slacklining, exploring anywhere, and singing in the shower
Favourite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the rest will be given to you.”
Favourite Colour: purple
Favourite food: omelettes (with a little bit of maple syrup to point me back to my roots)
Bucket List: Scuba diving, bungee jumping, running an ultramarathon, learning to do a backflip on a slackline, learning to leather bind books, carrying a bottle of water from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit: India, New Zealand, and maybe Alaska too.

Name: Renee Browning
Year: 2nd
Program Major: BA in Ministry (Global Ministry) 
Home Province/State: Maine
Hobbies/ Passions: taking photos, hammocking, writing, reading, doing anything outside 
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Favorite Color: navy blue
Favorite Food: pancakes
Bucket List: skydiving, visiting Africa, adopting, speaking fluent Spanish, and living overseas 
If I could travel anywhere in the world I would visit: Bora Bora or Nepal

Name: Taylor Giffen (team leader) 
Year: 2nd
Program/Major: BA in Ministry (Global ministry)
Home Province/State: Nova Scotia
Hobbies/Passions: music, art, and travel 
Favourite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:1-3 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Favourite colour: green
Favorite food: sushi
Bucket list: mastering the fiddle, travelling to Israel, performing in an orchestra, and driving a motorcycle
If I could travel anywhere in the world I would visit: Thailand

Name: Christian Palmer
Year: 1st
Program: Major: BA in Ministry (Worship Leading)
Home Province/State: South Carolina
Hobbies/Passions: Jesus, long distance running, marching band, listening to and making music, video gaming, exploring, and telling jokes
Favourite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in love.”
Favourite Colour: gold
Favourite food: Italian
Bucket List: releasing an album, travelling to every continent, wrestling a polar bear and winning the match, holding a world record, getting super powers
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would visit: Switzerland



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