Runner Academy

The H. Evan Runner International Academy for Cultural Leadership is a two-week summer residential training program hosted by the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

The Runner Academy is the Ezra Institute's most comprehensive program. For successful applicants, this program is designed to train and equip the next generation of cultural leaders to understand their lives and the world through the lens of God's Word.

At the Academy, we seek to accurately understand the culture and offer tools to retrieve the lost riches of Christian wisdom, to understand the truth, freedom, and beauty of the full scope of the gospel of Jesus, and to provide an environment that stimulates creative discussion for engaging with and shaping culture to the glory of God.

"The most fundamental and urgent battle of our time…is a struggle for the religious direction of human society in its totality. The battle of our time is to determine which spirit is to possess our hearts and give direction to our civilization."

- H. Evan Runner

The H. Evan Runner International Academy for Cultural Leadership brings together faculty and delegates, ages 19 - 35, from around the world for an intensive two-week residential program.

We hope you will be able to join us in 2021!

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The dates for next summer will be:

July 4-17

The total fee for the program is $1,750

FACILITY

The Ezra Farmstead is situated on 24 beautiful acres of landscaped and forested land on the Niagara Peninsula with fabulous views of Lake Ontario, and the Toronto skyline in the distance. A Canadian natural heritage area and biosphere reserve, the setting is an opportunity to better understand a biblical theology of creation, experience a rural farm setting and participate in agricultural and woodland maintenance activities.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

The actual cost of the Runner Academy is $3500, however, the Ezra Institute provides each successful applicant with a 50% scholarship upon acceptance into the program, making the tuition payable by the delegate $1750.

The two weeks of the Runner Academy are arranged to provide a solid intellectual foundation, as well as a coherent, real-world application of a scriptural worldview and Christian cultural philosophy.

Week 1 is a thorough introduction to Christian philosophy and cultural theology, with an emphasis on the authority of God's Word not only for personal faith but for the totality of life.
Week 2 surveys our Christian cultural legacy and the role believers play in the defense and advancement of the scriptural perspective.

In addition to lecture content provided by faculty, time will be reserved each day for reflection, discussion, and application.

Students will also have the option to apply to their university or seminary to receive credit towards their degree for participation in the Runner Academy. For these students, a written essay must be submitted within three weeks of the conclusion of the program. The Ezra Institute will provide suggested essay topics, reading lists and writing guidelines, as well as all necessary curriculum descriptions for the student to submit to their university.

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INSTRUCTORS

Runner Academy faculty members are men and women with a reputation for godliness and academic excellence, as well as insight and experience in the work of cultural transformation. They are apologists, philosophers, theologians, physicians, educators, business leaders, pastors, authors, artists, and lawyers.

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DELEGATES

Runner Academy delegates are students and young professionals in fields such as politics, medicine, law, education, theology, philosophy, business, science and technology and the various arts. It is in these areas that the cultural struggle is most vividly brought to light.

Delegates will live, work, eat, pray, study and discuss the topics together throughout the program. Each day consists of morning prayer and worship, lectures, group discussion, time allocated for farming and conservation activities on the property, communal meals, free time or leisure activities and space for quiet reading and reflection.

By providing training in a thoroughly biblical worldview, the Runner Academy will help to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders to formulate, articulate and credibly defend a truly scriptural view of life as the sole source of truth, freedom and beauty, shaping the future to the glory of God.

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