HLA 2020: June 21–26

at Huntingdon College

hla photo 5With calling as its primary theme, the Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA) encourages rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend this week-long summer experience to grow their faith. The week’s activities focus on discernment of each student’s calling to Christian leadership for ministerial vocation. Mentoring, discussion of current topics in the life of the church, cultural and mission-related events, and time for fun, praise, and worship are included. In addition, students participate in year-round spiritual growth through online engagement that continues students’ education, builds community, and promotes reflection on the Bible, Christian tradition, and students’ spiritual experiences.

A generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., supports the Huntingdon Leadership Academy. We invite pastors and youth pastors at churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church to identify and build future church leaders by nominating students for this one-week residential program at Huntingdon College.

Who Should Attend

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders during the summer 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.

hla photo 3This 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 benefits from what he or she learns during the academy and the Church benefits from the leadership these students are encouraged to give.

Activities and Sessions

hla photo 2Fellowship, worship, prayer, discussion, cultural and missional day projects, instruction, and time to relax and have fun are built into the HLA schedule. Attendees engage in theological reflection with Huntingdon College and Duke Divinity School faculty, area ministers, and the College chaplain. Together, participants and faculty 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.

How to Register

Church, school, and community leaders may sponsor youth who are preparing to enter their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school to participate in the HLA program. Students may register directly, even if they have not been sponsored by a church, school, or community leader. 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 covered entirely through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment. EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Register by February 7, 2020, and receive 50% off your registration cost! The early registration fee is $50, $25 for churches and $25 for families.hla photo 1

Sponsorship Opens November 1, 2019.

HLA Registration Form

Early Registration Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020
Final Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020
Please make every effort to pay registration costs by Friday, May 1, 2020.

Make Online Payment for Huntingdon Leadership Academy


Send your registration fee to:

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

More Information: Follow HLA on Facebook and Instagram for updates and more information!

Questions? Email HLA@hawks.huntingdon.edu, or speak with HLA director Macon Armistead at 334-833-4455 or marmistead@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

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