"There are some things that you can't fully grasp until you go into the world and see it," said Adina LaFare, a 2008 participant featured in the new Youth in Mission video that introduces Serving Christ in the World. The three-week vocational exploration experience is for current high school sophomores and juniors who want to earn about God, themselves and ways they can use their gifts in service to others. Youth spend one week on LSTC's campus learning about their own and others' faiths, in the classroom and through activities, dialogue and reflection. They travel to Mexico City and the U.S. Borderlands to experience sharing their faith in a global context. Watch the video at http://www.lstc.edu/yim/2008scitw/video.html.
In 2009, Serving Christ in the World will be held June 13 - July 4. The application deadline is February 18, 2009.
YIM offers a second opportunity, Beyond Belief, designed for high school youth groups to participate in week-long service trips. Youth groups may come any time of year.
Youth leaders and pastors are invited to create a week in Chicago that fits the needs of their youth both spiritually and financially. LSTC offers affordable housing, service project contacts, and two opportunities for interaction with seminarians: a welcome meal and tour of LSTC, and another meal which includes a discussion of vocation. These contacts offer the youth opportunities to talk to seminarians about life at LSTC. One BB participant said, "God is here all the time. Even though you're not always looking, God is calling you." Registration is required at least two months prior to arrival, but space is limited. Summer is the most popular time groups to participate in Beyond Belief. Register early to reserve a week during the summer of 2009.
Information on Youth in Mission programs, including applications and registration forms, is available at www.lstc.edu/yim/ or by calling 800-635-1116 ext. 725. Youth may also wish to check out YIM's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/youth_in_mission.
Now in its seventh year, Youth in Mission originally was funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., for the purpose of encouraging young people to explore their gifts for ministry and to consider a profession of serving others through the church. Lilly continues to fund the YIM programs through a matching grant, and LSTC continues to seek individuals or congregations who wish to partner with us in this ministry. To invest in the future of YIM programs please contact Jessica Nipp at email@example.com.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.