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How much does the program cost?

Currently, tuition is $5000. Housing and program are provided as a ministry of St. Andrew’s Church. Every associate is a paid employee of a business or ministry.

Where do I live?

As part of the ministry of St. Andrew’s Church, host families open their homes to provide housing to Leadership Institute Associates for the duration of the program. Host families and Associates form lifelong relationships through this experience together.

Should I pursue ministry or a secular job?

Your question is one reason the Leadership Institute exists. While we believe our Christian vocation is centrally about living as followers of Jesus Christ, there are virtually unlimited ways people can engage in a career. The Leadership Institute offers Associates a unique opportunity to test and explore your interests as you seek to hear God’s voice as you engage in a season of leadership training and discipleship.

How do I find a job?

Associates in the Ministry Track will be salaried employees of St. Andrew’s Church. Associates in the Professions Track will be assisted by the Leadership Institute to identify an employer and job in a field appropriate to your interests, qualifications, skills, and area of study.

When does the program start and end?

The St. Andrew’s Leadership Institute 2020 - 2021 season will kick off the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. You are free to move in with your host family on September 5, 2020. The program concludes the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 2021.

How do I know if this program is the right fit for me?

The decision to apply for the Leadership Institute is a significant step of faith as are many of the most important decisions of life. The Leadership Institute is a ministry committed to serve people that the Lord would lead to participate in this season of discipleship. Therefore, St. Andrew’s Church and the leaders of the Institute are praying that you would know God’s leading in this regard as we also seek to understand whom the Lord would have us select for each season of ministry. As we know, God is faithful when we earnestly seek his will, and we trust you will find him to lead you as well.

what hands-on ministry opportunities will there be in the ministry track?

Opportunities include a worship leader academy (led by our very own Brandon Muchow), communications and production, women's ministry (led by our very own Megan Hutchinson), preaching, missions, youth and children's ministry, and much more.

When are applications due?

Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis and will be accepted between January 1 – March 30, 2020. Contact us about early admission. Within 45 days of the submission of a complete application, each applicant will be notified of the status of the application.

How did this program get started?

The Leadership Institute is a ministry of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. St. Andrew’s is a church committed to growing as a community of disciples by participating in the making of disciples. In 2015, the leaders of St. Andrew’s felt the Lord was leading our church to take some new and bold steps over the next 5 years in order to fulfill our calling — one of which became the St. Andrew’s Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is intended to fulfill important needs missing in the traditional path of equipping young leaders through college and seminary and was conceived to fill this gap for young leaders who see themselves as current and future leaders in God’s Kingdom work.

Who should apply?

We like to have a diverse set of life experiences and personalities in each cohort. So we look for applicants from a wide range of universities and majors. In general, we look for applicants that exhibit maturity and humility as they seek to learn what it means to know, love, trust and follow Jesus Christ in all aspects of their lives. We look for applicants that are teachable and willing to apply themselves. We look for applicants that have performed well academically and have demonstrated a tendency toward leadership. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States (i.e. either U.S. citizens or green-card holders) and must be at least 21 years old by the first day of the program.

Questions or want to apply?

Contact Mari Hanson at 949.574.2260 or email
Click here for the St. Andrew's Leadership Institute brochure.
Click here if you are ready to apply.