10-day summer experience +
10-month leadership experience =
a life-changing adventure
Being a world-changer is more than a one-time event, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle of living out your faith in a culturally-relevant way. Attending Living The Questions will take your faith to the next level. Living The Questions is a spiritual adventure that takes place over a 10-day summer experience followed by a 10-month leadership experience. Time and space will be given to you to reflect on relevant faith questions, engage in meaningful service, and explore your calling.
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:
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.
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!