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Bethel's Youth Theology Institute

Bethel University's Youth Theology Institute seeks to help high school students grow as Truth-seekers and World-changers, through dialogue, reflection, and service. Each year the topic focuses on how faith intersects with one of these topics: justice, science or media.


Opportunities for High Schoolers

  • Living The Questions: A 10-month leadership experience that begins with a summer program on Bethel’s campus followed by mentor experience, service project, and two retreats 
  • ReCharge: A retreat in November that invites students to re-connect with God and His Word.              
  • Winter Thaw: An overnight retreat in January that allows students to explores how faith intersects with a culturally relevant topic.

Opportunities for Churches

  • Youth Crew: Bring a team of Bethel students to your church for a free night or morning of youth programming. The program includes a devotional, engaging small group discussion and interactive games. We are scheduling dates for the months of October - April.                                                                       
  • Parent Workshops: Host an hour workshop for parents of middle- and/or high-schoolers. Workshops are designed to help parents explore ways to engage with their student around culturally relevant topics.


For more Information

Contact program director Katie Friesen Smith at or call 651.638.6117.


Funded by a Lilly Endowment Grant and a Bethel Foundation Strategic Growth Award. Supported by Office of Christian Formation & Church Relations and Bethel Seminary. Sponsored by Christian Camp Pro.

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