Runner Academy

“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 from around the world for a two-week residential session. In light of this, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Runner Academy which was scheduled for July 5-18, 2020.

The Runner Academy is scheduled to run again next year from July 4-17, 2021. Applicants who received formal acceptance for our 2020 program will automatically be offered a spot for 2021. We continue to accept applications for our program for next year.

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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 seeks to equip the next generation of Christian cultural leaders to understand their own lives and cultural moment through the lens of God’s Word-revelation. Delegates will learn about the implications of that Word for every aspect of life, and their calling as God’s people to create and cultivate true, godly culture in the public space.

At the Academy, we are seeking to accurately understand 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 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. Our developing organic farming project focuses on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and rest for the land.


The Runner Academy will be offered July 5-18, 2020. The actual cost of the Runner Academy is $3500, however, the EICC 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. 

The first week is a thorough introduction to Christian philosophy and cultural theology, with emphasis on the authority of God’s Word not only for personal faith but for the totality of cultural life. The second week surveys our Christian cultural legacy and the role we ourselves have to play as believers 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 of the curriculum.

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 is required, to be submitted within three weeks of the conclusion of the program. The EICC 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.


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, pastors, authors, artists, and lawyers.


Delegates at the Runner Academy 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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