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HLA—Huntingdon Leadership Academy


2018 Dates Coming Soon!


COST:  $100 per participant: $50 paid by the student; $50 paid by the church sponsor

photo of HLA studentsWith calling as its primary theme, the Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA) seeks to engage high school-aged youth each year through a summer theology program and a year-round online network to promote sustained theological reflection on the Bible, Christian tradition, and their spiritual experiences. A generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., has allowed Huntingdon College to expand into the first week-long HLA summer experience for rising high school juniors and seniors. We invite pastors and youth pastors at churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church to participate in the identification and building of future church leaders by nominating students for a theology institute that involves a one-week residency at Huntingdon College. The week will focus on discernment of each student’s calling to Christian leadership for ministerial vocation, and will provide mentoring, discussion of important current topics in the life of the church, cultural and mission-related events, and time for fun, praise, and worship. In addition, students will participate in year-long spiritual growth through several online engagement opportunities to allow for further education and community-building.


Current high school sophomores and juniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort—whether as deacons or elders, missionaries, music ministers, children’s or youth pastors, worship leaders, or lay leaders, among the many ways to minister—should plan to attend this retreat.


The purpose of the Huntingdon Leadership Academy is to  assist student leaders as they discern God’s call for who they should be and what they should do with their lives.


photo of Macon ArmisteadThis one-week residency retreat is coordinated by the Reverend Macon Armistead, director of the Huntingdon Leadership Academy. and executed in collaboration with Huntingdon Department of Religion faculty, Duke Divinity School faculty and consultants, area United Methodist clergy, Huntingdon student volunteers, and the College chaplain.


The leadership skills necessary for ministry are transferable to leadership in any area. Every participant will benefit from what he or she learns during the academy and the Church will benefit from the leadership these students will be encouraged to give.


photo of Flowers HallFellowship, worship, prayer, discussion, cultural and missional day projects, instruction, and time to relax and to have fun are built into the HLA schedule. Attendees will engage in theological reflection with Huntingdon College and Duke Divinity School faculty, area ministers, and the College chaplain. All will have the opportunity to learn, worship, fellowship, and serve alongside one another.

Students participate in a week of summer residency at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and take part in several online gatherings over the course of the year with members of their cohort and Huntingdon College faculty and staff.


Church officials may nominate youth who are preparing to enter the junior or senior year of high school to participate in the HLA program. Students may also register directly, even if the church has not completed the nomination process.  Together, churches and families contribute $100 of the cost per participant ($50 from the church and $50 from the student/family). The remaining cost is entirely covered through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment.

PASTORS: TO NOMINATE, please use this form: HLA 2018 Pastor’s Sponsorship Form (please submit one form per student).

STUDENTS: TO REGISTER, please use this form: HLA 2018 Student Registration Form.

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Send your registration fee to: 

Huntingdon Leadership Academy
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106

Make Online Payment for Huntingdon Leadership Academy

If you are a church official or student who has questions, or if your church would like to send a list of students for consideration, please speak with director of the HLA, Macon Armistead, at 334-833-4455 or marmistead@hawks.huntingdon.edu.