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What am I committing to?

Living The Questions is more than a retreat. It's more than a week at camp.

Living The Questions is a 10-month leadership experience, beginning with a 7-day summer program on the campus of Bethel University, followed by regular meetings with an adult mentor. Plus during the academic year, students will be invited back to Bethel for a campus visit.

Summer Program: July 8-14, 2018

Imagine spending seven fun-filled days living and learning on the campus of Bethel University. Your mornings will include group discussion and workshops that invite you to think thoughtfully about how your faith relates to such topics as justice, science, and media. Your afternoons will include time to live out your faith through service or job shadowing in the community. Sprinkled throughout the experience will be activities to reflect on God’s calling on your life. 

While at Bethel, students will experience:

  • Nurturing friendships within a diverse community
  • Thought-provoking discussion with Bethel faculty and community leaders
  • Service-learning to put your faith in action
  • Motivating activities for discerning God’s call and one’s strengths
  • Small group discussions and activities
  • Rest, play, and worship

10-month Leadership Experience: August 2018–May 2019

Living The Questions is more than a summer experience. The 10 months following the summer, students will be mentored by an adult from their local church or community. For the focus of the mentorship, you will be able to choose one of the following tracks:

Spiritual Formation

This track is a good fit for students wanting to develop a closer relationship with God. The mentor will encourage and provide accountability for the student. Activies may include reading the Bible, prayer, journaling, and/or memorization.


This track will focus on understanding what God-honoring leadership is and practicing leadership skills. Students desiring to grow as a leader will work with their youth pastor/pastor to develop a volunteer ministry experience. Students should plan on volunteering approximately 20 hours during the 10 months.

Science Project

This track will focus on designing a project around the theme of science. While working on this project, students will meet monthly with their mentor for encouragement and guidance. At this point, you have no idea what you would do for a project. Don’t worry, we will help you figure that out!

Campus Visit

During the 10-month leadership experience, students will be invited to return to Bethel University for a campus visit. The visit will include opportunities to tour campus, attend chapel, and sit in on classes. There will also be time for students to re-connect and share about their leadership experience.