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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 begins with a 10-day summer experience on the campus of Bethel University, followed by a 10-month leadership experience. Plus during the academic year, students will be invited back to Bethel's campus for a Reunion Weekend.

Summer Experience: July 14-23, 2017

Imagine spending 10 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 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 2017–May 2018

Living The Questions is more than a summer experience. The 10 months following the residency, 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.

Justice Project

This track will focus on designing a project around the theme of justice. 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! Justice Projects can be anything, such as:

  • Volunteer with friends at a homeless shelter
  • Collect warm clothing for a refugee family
  • Raise funds for a child to have clean water
  • Help your church learn about justice by making a video
  • Invite your youth group to serve at Feed My Starving Children
  • Or any other idea you come up with!

Reunion Retreat

During the 10-month leadership experience, students will be invited to return to Bethel's campus for a reunion retreat. The retreat 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.