Mission & Vision

Act Five is rooted in a vision that longs for the restoration of all of creation in Christ, seeking to participate, as communities of hope, in God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Particularly, Act Five is a response to the growing number of young adults who are looking for time, spaces, and communities to take on new experiences geared toward preparation for a life of faith in this world, including preparation for future studies or vocational pursuits.

Watch this story that shares the heart of Act Five’s vision

Act Five is largely influenced by a Reformed worldview, while seeking to be intentionally ecumenical in how it equips a range of students from various Christian backgrounds to follow Jesus in every area of their lives. See Act Five’s Statement of Faith

Our mission & vision extend out of this:


To facilitate Christian discipleship of young people through community, learning and practices designed to

  • Grow their Christian faith and character
  • Equip them for future pathways as rooted and engaged followers of Jesus


We see young adults living wholeheartedly as disciples of Jesus, walking faithfully in the contexts of school, church, neighbourhood, and work.

Within our Gap Year program, students will…

  • Reflect on their story and grow deeper in their faith
  • Imagine the world around them with fresh eyes
  • Practice justice in loving their neighbours
  • Prepare for what lies ahead

We are living in a world filled with noise & distraction, moving at a pace impossible to maintain. We must learn to slow down, to be present where we are, to meet God at the speed of a walk through our neighbourhood or conversation on a park bench

Jon BerendsExecutive Director

Goals for gap year students

  1. To know, experience and grow practices toward a life with God
    • By engaging with scripture and stories
    • By learning to share their own stories
    • By practicing spiritual disciplines and rhythms of life that shape who we are
  2. To grow as citizens of God’s Kingdom while engaging as citizens in our places.
    • By witnessing and learning from different expressions of Christian vocation
    • By participating in service, work, and community engagement in and around Hamilton
    • By learning of relevant issues of justice and reconciliation, both locally and globally
  3. To grow in character and discern / prepare for future pathways
    • By living and learning in community with regular mentorship
    • By exploring outside comfort zones
    • By exploring gifts, passions and vocation through a range of experiences, lessons and supports
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