Write your next chapter in the story.

Act Five is a 7+ month Christian gap year program filled with adventure, travel, service, learning and mentorship.

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Place yourself in a close-knit and locally rooted community as you discover who you are, why your Christian faith matters, where you are going next, and how you want to engage in the world around you.

Through ACT FIVE You Can...

  • Discover future pathways
  • Deepen your faith and relationship with God
  • Explore outside your comfort zone
  • Form lasting relationships with peers and mentors
  • Earn university credits Course Info
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Program Highlights

Live, eat and worship together in a community home in downtown Hamilton.

A nine-day canoe trip, winter camping trip and spring backpacking trip with Coldwater Canada to frame the year.

A variety of field placements among Hamilton businesses, non-profit organizations, and trades.

Four-week cross cultural service trip in partnership with global missions organizations.

Visit Pittsburgh and participate in the Jubilee Conference.

Learn from Indigenous communities, including time on First Nations reserves throughout Ontario.

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Slow down and make space to find real answers you can put into practice.

It’s not just ideas that form us. It’s what we do, who we spend time with, the places we hang out, and the habits we form. Act Five is about preparing for your future while growing as a disciple of Jesus right now.

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“No other way of living captured me so much so that I found myself re-thinking my entire lifestyle and vocation in the produce section at No Frills, and I thank God for that often as I try to figure out how to carry forward the long list of things I've learned.”

Rieneke Helder

Act Five Student — Class of '21

“Along the way I’ve met many dreamers, people who think something up and somehow turn it into a reality. I’ve met professors and authors, poets and environmentalists, pastors and guides, and perhaps the most significant one — I’ve met Jesus and through him God.”

Arissa VandeBurgt

Act Five Student — Class of '20

“I learned to cook, to clean an old house, to deal with people… I learned about creation and the people of this country who were here before we were. I learned of God, stories and people, about stairs, parks, factories, and life. I learned about the beauty of life…”

Caleb Bouma

Act Five Student — Class of '21

“To put investment into mentors and teachers and housemates that will only love your child and want the best for them, and to invest in a community that is a safe place for them to grow, to fall, and to learn who they are… I ask myself, ‘What’s the rush?’ Act Five is a program that sets you up only for success. It is such an intentional program.”

Rosanna & Joo-Meng Soh


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What is it you plan on doing with your one wild and precious life? Let us offer a glimpse of how God seems to be leading our collective life with Act Five.
December 17, 2021
Oh, the places we've been! Act Five is not even three years old, and already we have established so many poignant traditions. Each December, our staff and students pack up the Communauto vans and head out of the city to reflect and retreat
December 10, 2021
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