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Application for Living The Questions

Applications are stil being accepted, but space is limited. Apply today!

We invite students to apply for Living The Questions who meet the following criteria:

  1. Interest in thoughtfully discussing questions around justice and faith
  2. Passion to participate in service projects
  3. Desire to explore one's gifts and God's calling
  4. Looking to grow as a God-honoring leader
  5. Will be going into 10th, 11th, or 12th grade

Students must be willing to participate in both the 10-day summer experience (July 14–23, 2017) and the 10-month leadership experience (August 2017–May 2018).

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application, including a short essay.

Space is limited, so apply today!

Before completing the application, please review the application questions section below.

Step 2: Ask a member of your church (i.e. pastor, youth director, small group leader) to submit a recommendation.

Step 3: Students will be notified of acceptance.

Step 4: Upon acceptance, submit payment of $295 by June 1, 2017.

The cost of Living The Questions is $295 USD per student, which covers all aspects of the program (food, housing, travel to and from service learning sites). Local churches are encouraged to support students financially. Discounts can be applied at the time of payment.

If you have any questions, please contact living-the-questions@bethel.edu or 651.638.6117.

Application Questions

When completing the online application, you will not be able to save your work to return to it at a later time. For that reason, we recommend that you take some time to review and complete the following questions prior to working on your application.

The application includes the following two short-answer essay questions. When answering the questions please keep your response to 250-500 words.

  • Briefly share your spiritual journey.
  • Briefly tell us why you would like to participate in Living The Questions.

In addition, the application includes a Thought Question which will require time for reflection. The instructions are as follows:

Pick one of the following three thought question sets to answer. You may choose to write an essay (3 page, single-spaced), record a video (minimum 5 minutes), or create an artwork. Whichever you choose, please make sure to answer the question fully and make sure to identify which choice you are addressing. Please attach the written pages you need to answer each question. If you submit a video, please include a link to your hosted video. For original artwork, please submit a photo and explanation, as we will not be able to return original artwork.

Remember, you only need to select one of the choices below.

  1. Define and describe justice. What have you observed about justice in the culture around you? Where have you seen justice happen? Where have you not seen justice happen?
  2. Identify and reflect on a justice story from the Bible. What is a favorite Bible story and how do you see justice in the story? What does the story say about justice as a character trait? What does the story say about justice as an action?
  3. Identify your personal gifts and what you are passionate about. How might your personal gifts relate to justice? How might your passions relate to justice?