Deadline: June 15 2018. 

Do you want to experience the summer retreat from a whole different perspective?

Do you want to transition from just receiving to thinking of others first?

Do you want to gain the heart of a servant?

Would you appreciate a ton of support while serving without the full responsibility of a counselor?

Thinking about coming back to serve as a retreat counselor in the future?

There are all wonderful reasons to consider serving as an ARISE Student Leader (ASL) at the summer retreat. Many students come to the summer retreat year after year. It becomes a place where they hear the gospel for the first time, give their lives to Jesus, make essential friendships and return to be encouraged, reconnect and grow up together as one big family. Some students attend ARISE starting from junior high all the way till the end of high school and then come back to give back as they enter college and adult life ... serving the youth with us the way they were served. It's a beautiful circle of service! It's awesome to watch God growing the youth!

Yes, many counselors, staff and teachers are there to serve the students at the retreat. But a part of ministry is raising up and equipping the youth to also minister and serve. For those students entering their last year in high school or just graduated, who have attended the summer retreat before, serving as an ASL may be a part of how God is growing and equipping them. If accepted, the ASL is paired with a counselor to serve a small group of younger students at the retreat.

Serving as an ASL toward the end of high school may be a real life-shaping experience ... a part of what God is doing to raise up boys and girls to become men and women who are mature to serve and lead through their campuses and churches even after youth group!


  • Must be a high school student entering senior year or just graduated.
  • Must submit an ASL application for review. See application for submission deadline.
  • Must be able to attend at least the first full day of ACTS (ARISE Counselor Training Sessions).
  • Must register for the retreat as a student.


Click here to download the ASL application. As personal information is requested, for security purposes, the application is in the form of a Word file that you must complete, save and send as an email attachment to

"I can only give as much as I've been given myself, and God has used ARISE and everyone in this family to be tremendous blessings unto my life. I remember my first time being an ASL and being in small group with the other ASLs during training. God has been at work in me, breaking down walls in my heart and filling my life with His grace and love ever since that moment. I wouldn't be where I am today without the direct and indirect ways ARISE has been serving in New England.  ARISE is a miracle!"
- Esther Kim

"What drew me into being an ASL was the opportunity to be part of the ARISE community that had become an influential part of my life ever since I was old enough to attend. I had always looked up to the student leaders, many of who are now counselors. Serving as an ASL is a rewarding experience to say the least. Not only are you trained by some of the most dedicated staff, but also able to learn what it means to serve. I attended the first training session with little understanding of what was to be expected, which made me anxious about signing up in the first place. Throughout the training sessions, the staff provided support and guidance, and by the end I felt more than prepared.  As much as I learned from attending ARISE as a student, I began to really understand the nitty-gritty of the gospel as an ASL. The two-week training session allowed me to better grasp the fundamentals of the very things I’ve learned at church. I encourage anyone that has an interest in ministry or simply the desire to better understand the gospel to sign up."
- Alex Kim

"Serving as an ASL has been an honor and a tremendous blessing. As an ASL, you experience the training and preparation that counselors go through: devotionals, prayers, praise, small group, making posters, organizing games, etc. Concurrently, you grow in your understanding of the Bible, doctrine, and the unique aspects of the Korean-American youth and churches in the New England area.  Memorable experiences that come to mind are the times the staff, counselors, and ASLs pray and share with one another, have fun, and eat vast amounts of food! As an ASL, you will have an enriching, fun experience as well as developing life-long friendships! Our time and experience together have epitomized the essence of being of one mind and one body under Christ."
- John Park