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We exist to build relationships and impact lives for Jesus Christ. Jesus was incredibly relational, he cared deeply for people and spent time investing in their lives. We want every camper, volunteer, and staff member that comes to our camp to feel at home, to be individually known, and to grow deeper in love with their God.

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This will be a summer unlike any other, it won't be perfect or easy, but it will be worth it. Overcoming challenges through leaning on a community of 70 like-minded staff and the persistent grace of our God leads to deep joy, belonging, and love. This summer you will find s'mores, games, late night adventures, worship, community, and a love that never fails. You will find God's Kingdom come to Earth.


There are three possible sessions for our counselors, each session trains together May 21-27.

  • First Session - May 21-July 2
  • Second Session - July 1-August 6
  • Lifer - May 21-August 6

Media Team - May 21-August 6

Leadership staff - May 16-August 4

  • Pay - $1,925 to $3,300 over the course of a summer
  • Room - Stay in staff housing all summer, WiFi and laundry included
  • Board - Meals provided
  • Time off - Staff have Friday night to Sunday afternoon off to explore camp or go off site.

We serve in response to the earth shattering reality of Jesus' resurrection, news so good that we can't help but share it with others. Will you join us? Come experience the Kingdom; genuine community, fellowship with your Creator, and the knowledge you changed lives forever. The Kingdom is calling, find your place in it.

Not your typical office, but it will do.

Not your typical office, but it will do.

Heartland is a place; yeah, but honestly, it’s a family... Here I feel like it’s such a loving community, you can tell anyone anything and trust they will still be there.
— Stephen, counselor
They may be crazy, but you wouldn't be caught dead without them.

They may be crazy, but you wouldn't be caught dead without them.

Every year I come back here I grow more confident in who the Lord made me to be.
— Alison, Videographer
Who knows, you may find the love of your life...

Who knows, you may find the love of your life...

Yea, he's getting paid to do that.

Yea, he's getting paid to do that.

Why should you be here? Because God is everywhere yet here it is tangible... You can’t come here and miss God
— Ama, Counselor
When laying down is part of your job

When laying down is part of your job

We are excited for you to join the family, are you ready?

We are excited for you to join the family, are you ready?

Every single summer I am here my relationship with the Lord grows deeper and deeper
— Alison, Counselor

Summer Staff Positions

Program Leadership

Media Internships

Cornerstone Internship


"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."

Who We Are

At Heartland, we believe that camp and church ministries are powerful faith immersion experiences that form deep, life-long connections in the Body of Christ.  Heartland’s Cornerstone Internship is a year-long, hands-on experience that focuses on serving with Heartland's camp and retreat ministries, as well as, serving with a local church program. Interns will live in an intentional Christian community while fostering the discernment of their future in ministry. 

Desired outcomes

  • To provide tools for ministry effectiveness in Christian leaders

  • To serve as a catalyst for the participant into professional ministry (Camping, church, other)

  • To develop and prepare Christian leadership for a lifetime of service, no matter the calling

  • To provide a community whose identity is rooted in Jesus Christ

  • To build relationships and impact lives for Jesus Christ

At the end of the twelve-month internship, a successful participant will have the practical hands-on experience and education necessary to start a professional career in Christian camping or church ministry.

now accepting 2017-2018 applications




Israel Trip

In the month of April we make our way to Israel for two weeks to walk in the footsteps of Christ. There is something incredibly unique and powerful about being in the land that God set apart for his people. Through this trip scripture comes alive, seeing the Bible in color for the first time. Heartland believes this is critical in your own personal faith development and in your ability to share the Good News with others.

Sample Trip: http://gtitours.org/online-tour-journal/israel-study-tour-joshua-wilderness-institute/


As part of the Israel trip interns will participate in a fundraising course and raise $2000 toward the cost of the trip. Because we believe so strongly in the impact of this trip Heartland will pay the remainder of the cost!


Focus Event: 

An introduction to camping ministry including workshops with camp ministry professionals and networking with other young adults interested in camping as a profession. This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association and the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ. The location moves each year so we always get to explore a new camp and city.

CCCA Regional and PCCCA Annual Conferences:

These are camp and conference ministry events that provide networking opportunities as well as expand upon your knowledge of other camps around the country. Hearing how other people run Christian camps is an extremely helpful resource for anyone who is discerning or following a call into camp ministry.



Participants are partnered with local churches to work with their children or youth ministry programs. Learn under the direction and supervision of a church ministry professional as you plan, prepare, and lead various aspects of a Christian Education Program.


Work with Heartland’s program department on a variety of tasks to prepare for the upcoming summer season. Tasks include: administration and planning, promotion and marketing, day-to-day operations, curriculum development, staff recruiting and camp promotional visits.


Participants  work in three distinct areas of our retreat ministry program:

Hospitality: Participate in hosting retreat groups at Heartland Center.  Welcome and orientate arriving groups to Heartland and assist in site preparation and breakdown

Support services: Be trained and work with our food service, housekeeping and maintenance departments

Activities: Be trained and help as a facilitator in Heartland’s activities program leading small group experiences on high and low challenge courses, horseback rides, and archery


Book Studies:

Over the course of the year Cornerstone participants will study 4 books covering topics like Christian identity, leadership, Christian life, and practical ministry skills.

Youth Ministry Institute:

This is a series of courses that prepare participants be a dynamic youth leader for churches.  These courses give you practical knowledge of how to lead today’s youth in ministry.  Classes include instruction in three core areas: Vocational Preparation, Ministry with Children and Youth and Program Design and Development.

Ministry with Children and Youth:

Through training and practical experience with youth ministry in a church and camp setting Cornerstone Students will become proficient in: understanding adolescent development, behavior management techniques, teaching the Bible, utilizing appropriate learning styles.

Community Night

Throughout the year, interns will take turns hosting community night weekly. During this time interns discuss readings, weekly experiences, faith, etc. and share a meal together.

Vocational Preparation Courses:

Nonprofit organization, visioning and planning for success, practicing spiritual disciplines in ministry and organizational strategies.

Program Design and Development

During the year of camp preparations, Cornerstone Students experience: preparing and leading creative worship and programming, delivering an effective message, recruiting and equipping volunteers, and facilitating small group discipleship.



  • Orientation and training

  • Assist in executing the 4th-6th grade retreat

  • Food service and housekeeping

  • Youth Ministry Institute Classes Begin (all expenses paid)

  • Church ministry pairing and orientation

  • Facilitate horse rides, ropes course groups, and archery

  • Fundraising Course

  • Mentor pairing within Heartland staff

  • Camp promotion, recruiting, and planning

  • Presbyterian Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) Annual conference (all expenses paid)

  • PCCCA Focus Event (all expenses paid)

  • Camp promotion, recruiting, and planning



  • Summer camp staff recruiting trips to area colleges

  • Assist in executing the annual CampFam Retreat

  • Youth Ministry Institute Classes Continue

  • Summer camp promotion and program development

  • CCCA Event: Networking and Continuing Education

  • Preparation study for Israel

  • Fundraising for Israel



  • Trip to Israel

    • All interns will be given the opportunity to go to Israel on an educational trip

    • If travel to Israel is determined unsafe by the US State Department an alternative experience will be planned if possible  

  • Youth Ministry Institute Classes End

  • Summer camp preparation

  • Facilitate horse rides, ropes course groups, and archery

  • Food service and housekeeping

  • Summer staff recruiting and camp promotion



  • Summer camp staff orientation

  • Summer camp

  • All interns will work with their assigned church youth/children for a week during the summer (ex: mission trip, VBS etc.) 




*This is a sample schedule, actual timeline may vary


Weekly Gift

Officially Cornerstone participants are considered volunteers. However, participants receive a weekly gift of $150 per week ($600 a month) from donations made by local churches to cover their personal expenses.

Loan Forgiveness:

Loan forgiveness, up to $250 a month while you are in the program, is available to anyone who is a member of a PCUSA church.  



Fully furnished housing will be provided at camp as well as a fully furnished kitchen.  Food will also be provided when meals are served in our dining hall.  You will receive a monthly stipend for meals that are not provided on-site.


Participants are given the tools, space and time needed to create an intentional and life giving community together during your time in the Cornerstone Program.  It has the potential to be life changing and to inspire spiritual growth for all involved. 



Lead Kitchen Assistant (Part Time)

Heartland Center, Parkville, MO is looking for a person with an appreciation for Christian retreat and camp ministries, and food preparation experience to serve as Lead Kitchen Assistant.  This position is responsible for preparing meals, keeping a clean kitchen and dining environment, and washing dishes.  This person will also assist in supervising support staff in the performance of their duties. This is a part-time (25-30 hours per week) position with periodic opportunities for more hours at different times throughout the year.

Job Description: Click Here To View

Please email your resume to: Hospitality@HeartlandCenter.org


Head Housekeeper (Full Time)

Heartland Center is looking for a hard-working, reliable, and dedicated person iwth an appreciation for Christian retreat and camp ministries, housekeeping experience, and time management skills to serve as Head Housekeeper. This person is responsible for cleaning all hotel rooms, retreat lodges, and meeting spaces between guest group stays; managing part-time college-aged housekeeping help; organizint and maintaining cleaning supply inventory; doing laundry; and other tasks as assigned by the manager. This person must be bale to work a flexible schedule Sunday-Friday, 40 hours a week. Full benefits provided. Competitive pay based on experience. 

Job Description: Click Here To View

Please email your resume to: Hospitality@HeartlandCenter.org


Part Time Housekeeper (Part Time)

Heartland Center is looking for a hard-working, reliable, and dedicated person with an appreciation for Christian retreat and camp ministries, housekeeping experience, and time management skills to serve as Part Time Housekeeper. This person is responsible for cleaning the conference center lobby, restrooms, and offices; organizing and maintaining cleaning supply inventory; doing laundry; and other tasks as assigned by the manager. This person will work 16 hours a week, Saturdays and Sundays only. 

Please email your resume to: Hospitality@HeartlandCenter.org






Heartland Presbyterian Center is committed to ensuring that all current and prospective employees are afforded equal opportunities and treatment.  Heartland Center  provides equal employment opportunities in accordance with all federal, state and local laws for all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital and family status, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disabilities (mental and/or physical), except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.