Engaging and equipping the next generation of leaders throughout the world
Areté (\ærətiː\; Greek: ἀρετή): excellence and moral virtue.
Areté Academy combines biblical worldview training with specialized professional development for young professionals and university students across the globe. This one-week training programme is holistic, focusing equally on the spiritual, intellectual, and relational development of each attendee. Its name derives from Philippians 4:8, which refers to the moral excellence and virtue that accompany a life lived to its full potential and God-given calling. Accordingly, attendees are known as “Delegates” because they’re called to represent Christ as outstanding professionals.
Delegates examine many of the most pressing concerns of society today, and engage with distinguished faculty both from across their region and the world, to gain unique perspectives on addressing these issues on a national, regional, and global scale. With a commitment to excellence, the Areté Academy staff has equipped thousands of young Christians around the globe to become leaders in their career fields and prepare for long-term impact.
Each day at Areté Academy is founded upon worship, reflection, and devotionals. The curriculum is rooted in Psalm 78, which highlights the necessity of teaching tomorrow’s leaders about God, His law, and His works. Delegates explore the concept of 'calling' and what it means to be faithful, effective leaders within their professional industries.
Faith and intellect go hand in hand. Areté Academy gives Delegates the opportunity to study under some of the most distinguished Christian academics and experts in their fields, and wrestle with some of the most challenging questions facing society today. Delegates are trained and encouraged to maximize their academic and professional credentials to position themselves to pursue God’s calling on their lives.
More than simply a week-long experience, Areté Academy is an ongoing, thoughtful community that grows throughout the professional lives of its members. At the Academy, relationships begin and are nurtured as Delegates live, learn, worship, pray, and participate in small group discussions together. As a result, Delegates depart knowing they have the support to face and overcome future challenges.
Because every individual is uniquely designed for various callings, each Areté Academy track is tailored both geographically and professionally.
8-13 August 2021
Areté Academy Asia is offered exclusively to Christian young professionals and university students living or working in Asia, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
Application is open 6-11 April 2021
Application deadline: 29 October 2020
Areté Academy Europe is offered exclusively to Christian young professionals and university students living or working in Europe, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
17-22 January 2021
Application deadline: Application is closed
Areté Academy Latin America is offered exclusively to Christian young professionals and university students living or working in Latin America, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
As an Areté Academy Delegate, you join a community of highly accomplished, passionate Christians from around the world. You leave with the competence and character needed to excel in your future profession, the conviction necessary to effectively engage the culture, and a community that enriches and fuels your pursuits. Alumni of Areté Academy have gone on to pursue careers not only in law, but also in business, medicine, government, foreign affairs, academia, politics, economics, national security, and intelligence.
The Academy gave me objective and intellectual reasons in order to defend life, marriage, and religious freedom among people who do not believe in God.
– Rocia, Argentina
At Areté Academy my eyes were opened to the scholarly depths of legal and Biblical philosophy that underpin our causes.
– Lois, Scotland
Areté has envisioned and equipped me … to advocate for those who have no voice … and to defend the right of every person to live freely according to their faith.
– Rudy, Guatemala
I participated in Areté Academy – Europe in 2016, which was an amazing experience. The ecumenism of professionals from across different Christian communities, working together on the defence of basic universal social values, left an especially strong impact on me.
– Marija, Croatia
‘Areté Academy showed me that to stand for what is true and good should be done in the most professional and diligent manner possible. Not only bringing to light the strongest, most solid arguments, but doing so strategically.’
– Arthur, Brazil
‘Areté Academy has emboldened and vitalized in me a spirit to courageously present the faith in the public square and engage with the issues that matter in our time. Areté Academy was truly the launching pad for many of the activities I now do and I thank God for the way it has enabled me to speak hope and love to a broken world.’
– Christopher, India
Areté Academy is truly about building community around shared values, a strong commitment to defend our Christian heritage and to live our faith without hesitation and ambiguities. This is something I’m deeply thankful for, as I made life-long friends around the world that inspire me and help me carry on fighting the good fight.’
– Juan, Spain
‘Areté gave me long-lasting tools to impact my surroundings, the inspiration to stand for life, and the means to create a powerful network.’
– Jorge, Colombia
‘It has been a challenge for me to find the right community of Christians who are equally passionate about stepping out of their comfort zones to stand up for the Gospel in the public square. Areté Academy has made this seemingly impossible task possible and reminded us of the power of unity.’
– Petrina, Singapore
Areté Academy has been a perspective change for me: meeting so many excellent faculty and Delegates who are bringing their faith and competence into the public square enabled me to reevaluate my calling and my level of courage to use my skills and strengths for the good of my country.’
– Hanna, Hungary
Areté Academy awakened me and introduced me to a group of fascinating people who have said yes to God’s plans to what the world needs now, people truly committed to their faith and community, who leave their fears behind them and transform society.’
– Isabel, Mexico