A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) is not your usual summer job. Founded in 1951, ACMNP works with emerging leaders to provide Christian community to people living, working and visiting in the national parks.
“You have God’s creation on steroids and in the midst of that context, you live life in Christ,” Spencer Lundgaard, Director of ACMNP since 2008, said.
As students live out their faith, they reflect the missional heartbeat of God. Just as Jesus leveraged creation to point out spiritual truths, so these young leaders walk a journey of discovery with co-workers and visitors.
“We’re joining what God is already doing in the parks,” Spencer, who also participated in ACMNP during college, said. “We point out what God is up to. We don’t just see a waterfall. We point out who breathed it into existence.”
Students accepted into ACMNP join a team of others and work 40 hours per week in the park, but find unique, practical ways to blend their work with their love for Christ.
“You don’t have to be anything but yourself,” Spencer said. “You’re a Christian and because of that, you’re going to share your life with people.”
Even as Spencer’s time in Rocky Mountain National Park helped him grow in his faith, so ACMNP is providing similar experiences for young adults today.