Arizona


I have learned to love others more wholly, live sacrificially, stand up for what I believe in, and I have met some of the most wonderful people, whom I know will be lifelong friends and family in Christ.
–Anna E. | 2021 Arizona Student

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Session Highlight Films

Session 1 Arizona Student Conference
Session 2 Arizona Student Conference

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Spend Two Full Weeks in Arizona with Summit.

Our Arizona Summit offers attendees thoughtful lectures, open forum Q&A with our faculty, and small group discussions. Located outside of Arizona’s capitol, students experience the splendor of mountain views and the campus of Arizona Christian University.

What To Expect Each Day

Every morning starts with morning traditions: morning devotional, prayer, and amazing grace.

Every afternoon students enjoy a few hours of free time. After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.

Activities will include on and off campus options for students. Keep scrolling for a full list of activities. Students will choose and pay for each activity when they arrive for their session. Prices will be updated closer to the session dates.

World-Class Speakers. Teaching truth and interacting with students to build relationships.

Scott Klusendorf
Scott Klusendorf is President of Life Training Institute where he equips pro-life advocates to make a persuasive case for life.
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Jeff Myers
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. In the last 20 years, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development.
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Dustin Jizmejian
Vice President of Summit Programs, regularly speaks on topics ranging from God’s Will, The Christian Worldview, Christian Community, and Pornography.
Christopher Yuan
Speaking at Session 1 & 2 | Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents.
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J. Warner Wallace
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker, and author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University.
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Sean McDowell
Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith.
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Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, and the co-founder of Ignite the Family, based in Alpharetta, GA.
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Brett Kunkle
Founder and president of MAVEN, a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty.
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Kevin Bywater
Session 2 | Kevin James Bywater is a Director and the Resident Scholar of the Oxford Study Centre (oxfordstudycentre.org) in Oxford, England.
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Activities

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American Paintball Colliseum

Lock and load on fun at Phoenix’s best indoor paintball field

Welcome to the largest indoor paintball fields in Arizona! Action is the name of the game and the indoor fields strap you into the driver’s seat of a real-life video game. Dodge and duck incoming paintballs, maneuver around obstacle-filled arenas and play the #1 action sport that keeps everyone pumped with adrenaline.

This is a limited capacity activity

Afternoon Trip to Sedona

Afternoon Trip to Sedona

Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. Surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes, and domes. 

Estimated Cost $15

Seek Thrills at Six Flags

At Hurricane Harbor, there’s a lot to ‘WOW!’ about. Like, pulse-pounding water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, and family-friendly play areas – to name a few! Read on to get the inside scoop on information around the park for your next family visit, right at your fingertips.

This is a limited capacity activity

Explore Downtown Scottsdale

The Scottsdale area is home to eight gorgeous lakes and rivers that are ideal for water sports of all kinds, including river rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and tubing. There’s plenty of wet-and-wild fun, as well as an overview of the Sonoran Desert’s flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses, red-tailed hawks, and bald eagles!

This is a limited capacity activity

Arizona Christian University

ACU is an accredited, private, non-profit, Christian university in Glendale, Arizona offering a wide variety of degrees preparing students for successful careers, while remaining committed to its vision of transforming culture with biblical truth. Students actively engage in biblically-integrated academics and gain a liberal arts foundation with critical thinking skills that last a lifetime. Spiritual development is also integrated within the University experience, where all four-year campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.

Travel Plans

Flight Information

The Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) airport is only 30 minutes away from Arizona Christian University. To learn more about the airport and the airlines that fly into this location, click here.

Arrival Times

Please make reservations to arrive at the Phoenix (PHX) airport on the first Sunday of your session between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (check-in hours on campus are from noon to 5 PM.) 

When you arrive at the airport, find your way to Terminal 4 door 7. If you are in terminal four you will just need to follow the signs to baggage claim. If you come into terminal 3 or another terminal, there is a sky bus that will take you to terminal 4.

We will have some staffers there in cream Summit shirts and holding signs beginning at 9:30 am ready to greet you and hang out while you wait for your shuttle. There will be white 15 passenger vans on rotation from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

If you have any difficulty with your flight or your flight is delayed beyond our pick-up time please contact the Arizona front desk 719-685-2875.

Departure Times

Please make arrangements to be checked out of your room by 8 am on the morning of the second Saturday of the session. Shuttle service will be provided on this day from 4:00 AM-10:00 AM.

Phone Number

If you need to contact staff on-site call 719-685-2875 to directly connect with our team. 

Session Information

The Program Director of Summit reserves the right to dismiss any student whose influence and/or conduct becomes in any way detrimental to the best interest of the other students.

No refund will be made for absences, dismissals, or withdrawals before the end of your session, except in cases on doctor’s orders, in which the remaining tuition may be refunded.

If you need to contact staff on-site call 719-685-2875 to directly connect with our team. 

What to Wear

The way we dress is a reflection of our personality, culture and background. At Summit, we encourage individual expression and creativity. However, we also have found that the following guidelines help set an atmosphere of respect for all of our faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Shirts and tops

  • Please do not wear halter tops or tops that show midriff or cleavage
  • Please make sure all undergarments are covered
  • Please only wear clothes without offensive words and images

Shorts & pants

  • Shorts are welcome as long as they have at least a 4-inch inseam
  • All dresses or skirts must fall no shorter than 4-inches above the knee

Helpful suggestions

  • Classroom: bring casual or dress casual clothes acceptable for an educational setting
  • Recreation time: make sure to bring shorts, t-shirts, and a swimsuit for outdoor activities
  • Swimwear: Men please wear swim shorts, and women please wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit that covers your midsection and cleavage
  • Graduation: wear semi-formal clothes (i.e. khakis, ties, blazers, dresses)

What to Pack

    • Bring all bedding and linens
    • Bible and devotional materials
    • Classroom and graduation attire
    • Sports clothes and swimsuit
    • Closed-toed shoes for some of our activities
    • Copy of your insurance card and ID
    • Hat and sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Toiletries
    • Performance night props and instruments (optional)
    • Laundry detergent
    • Something plaid to wear (optional)
    • Towels, washcloths, bedding (twin bed XL), and pillow
    • ENO type Hammock (optional)

Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or VISA gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100-$150 is recommended for optional off-site activities.

What to Leave at Home

    • Weapons of any kind
    • Tobacco
    • Alcohol
    • Vaping and marijuana products
    • Valuables — rooms can be locked, but you are responsible for your belongings
    • Laptop — A notebook will be provided so we ask that you leave your personal computers at home

Communication & Technology

Cellphones are permitted, though no texting or talking is allowed during classroom time. We also have an 11 pm curfew, so no use of phones is permitted after curfew.

To receive letters or boxes while at Summit, use the following address:

[Student Name]
C/O Summit Ministries
at Arizona Christian University
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

Food Allergies

Arizona Christian  University dining services staff can accommodate most food allergies including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. Please contact us if you have special dietary needs.

Housing

Located close to the Summit classroom, each room is equipped to house two students with a shared bathroom with the adjacent room. The bathroom has one toilet, one shower, and two sinks and mirrors.

 There are laundry facilities on campus for students to use. Plan to bring your own laundry detergent.

Graduation Day: View Ceremony Here

Conferences conclude on Friday night of the second week. Our graduation schedule is as follows:

4:45 PM–Parents’ Meeting

Parents and families of students are invited to join a brief review of what their student has experienced over the last two weeks.

5:30 PM–Dinner

Parents and guests are welcome to join us for dinner. If you would like to attend, please have your student sign you up by Thursday of the second week. We will give ACU’s kitchen staff a headcount for dinner. You may pay Summit for your meal when you arrive on Friday afternoon. 

7:00 PM–Graduation   

For those who are unable to attend, the Parents Meeting and Graduation are live streamed. Students may depart after graduation, although most students leave on Saturday morning.

Summit Student Conferences Graduation Night