Residential Life
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.
Romans 12:4-6

...making worship and growth not just a classroom assignment but a part of daily life. You will learn less about your faith from textbooks than from your experiences with teachers and friends as you worship and share what the Lord is teaching you.

...helping students build friendships that will last a lifetime. Through worshiping and living together, you and your fellow students will have intimate friendships that are built on common goals, faith, and growing experiences.



How many times have you been offered the chance to be a part of an authentic Christian community that pursues discipleship, worship and mission?

The residential life of Ekklesia takes advantage of such an opportunity through...

...creating an environment in which students have to work together. At Ekklesia, if you want to be successful at both your school assignments and growth in your walk with Christ, you will have to develop meaningful relationships with your fellow students.

...providing deep mentoring relationships. Your relationship with your teachers has probably never looked like this. Rather than merely experiencing them as a front-of-the-classroom installment, you will see many of them on the back-country courses, at school...and in your residence. By living with them, you will be given the chance to learn even more about the Lord from a perspective that is different - and probably more mature - than yours.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:27




At Ekklesia, you will learn that there is no such thing as a typical weekend. Your weekends could involve...


...having down time, catching up on laundry, cleaning your cabin, studying for a U.S. History test, and stocking up on toothpaste at Wal-mart.


...outdoor skills labs or service projects


...attending Clearview Community Church, a non-denominational church in Buena Vista. You can check out their mission statement, doctrine, and outreach here.


That’s just a glimpse. The only typical thing about weekends at Ekklesia are that they will involve adventure, excitement, and a lack of boredom—and that they will be challenging, fun, and rewarding. Click here to view the entire calendar of events.



"One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.”
~ Sir Richard Burton




Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Philippians 2:3-6


Authentic community happens at Ekklesia. As students, you will be encouraged to live and work together. By pursuing intimate community with your peers and mentors, you will more deeply understand the importance of honesty. You will learn to work through your issues with others in order to build more constructive, Christ-like relationships. Most of all, you will learn that in order for relationships to work, you need the humility that Paul talks about in Philippians 2 (see above) in order to make this kind of community work.


Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 4:2-4


Living out the unity of faith is an important goal at Ekklesia. Granted, this will be hard. That is why you will have mentors to offer guidance, encouragement, and perspective as you grow in your relationship with Christ. In fact, this is so important to your experience at Ekklesia that we will keep the ratio staff to students at 1 mentor to 3-4 students. That way, every student will have access to important one-on-one time with his or her teacher.


Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Romans 12:15-16


By learning to live in this type of community, you will learn to be the type of person Christ desires His disciples to be (whoever loses his life will save it). Our hope is that as you learn about authentic community at Ekklesia, you will impact your communities at home and elsewhere, sharing such Christian community with those around you.

Be kind to another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32


Upon admittance to the program, you will receive a packet of information detailing this. These policies are in keeping with our mission and vision for a biblical community. Read more of this vision here.


For more information concerning the general policies of DPCA, visit our Parent/Student handbook by clicking here.