The Institute of Ministry is a one to three-year
program designed for young adults ages 18 to 23 who desire more
experience and education in the area of ministry. A graduate of the IIM
will have completed 48 credits of ministry training and will receive a
Certificate of Ministry. Learning occurs in the classroom, in ministry
involvement at Ironwood, during ministry tool workshops, and through
interaction with mentors. Participants will work full time applying
classroom knowledge to their ministry responsibilities.
Q. Who is able to enroll in the Institute?
A. High school graduates with a desire to glorify the
Lord in all that they do. This program can be used as a learning time
prior to college, in the middle of one’s college career, or in lieu of
college. Either way, the three years spent at the Institute of Ministry
will be a valuable tool to help find or further God’s will for life and
Q. Does one need to make a three-year
commitment to attend the IIM?
A. No. Each year can stand alone. It is acceptable to
attend the IIM for one year. However, those who attend the full
three-year program will receive a Certificate of Ministry.
Note: The program is designed to operate on the basis of a three-year
rotation. All participants must apply each year for acceptance. Those
who enter the program are reserved admission for three consecutive years
but must still apply annually. If an individual decides not to return
for a consecutive year, he or she forfeits the guaranteed admission and
must re-enroll in the program. (The $50 registration fee will be
Q. Will there be much involvement in the
A. Yes, very much so! The Institute is designed so
that participants can become an integral part of the camping ministry.
This involvement will include all aspects of the ministry, including
program and camper services opportunities.
Q. Are participants paid for their work?
A. Participants work in exchange for hands-on
training, on-the-job learning, and room, board, and utilities (excluding
Q. Can an individual pay for room and board
and not work?
A. No. Work is integral to the training in the
Q. Is outside employment an option for
A. No. Involvement in the ministry at Ironwood will
include approximately 40 hours of work, discipleship, and on-the-job
training. Added to that will be classes, home-work, and personal study.
The design of the schedule would not accommodate outside employment.
Q. Where do participants live?
A. Cabins will be provided for lodging. Participants
will typically room with at least one other person. In addition to
lodging, meals will be provided by the camp.
Q. What is the duration of the program?
A. The IIM is a nine-month program instead of a
semester-based program. The program begins in September and runs through
May. There is a month-long break during December.
Q. How many people may enroll in the IIM?
A. Admission into the IIM is based on the needs of
the Ironwood ministry. Therefore, the number of individuals accepted may
vary. Because the core of the IIM is based on ministry, it is important
that we have ministry opportunities available to each of our
participants. The size of the IIM will grow in proportion to the needs
of the Ironwood ministry.
Q. Will I be required to work at Ironwood
A. Each summer, IIM participants will have the
opportunity to apply for summer staff and then be eligible to receive
honorariums. They will be required to work at Ironwood for at least one
summer in order to receive their certificate at the end of three years.
Q. What are the requirements for admission?
A. All potential participants must understand that
the IIM is not a reform school designed to rehabilitate young people;
therefore, all individuals must desire to be involved in ministry and
demonstrate a servant’s heart (Matthew 20:20–28).
See Admissions Info
for more details.