Youth planning committee. Call committee. Acolyte. Crucifer. Communion assistant. Vacation bible school helper. You name it, and Abby Snow was involved in it at her congregation, St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, Canton, Ohio. This past summer, Abby aimed to broaden her horizons, and what she found was a life-transforming experience.
“Through Serving Christ in the World, my eyes, ears, heart, and mind have been opened to the miracles and realities of God’s creation. I have found myself learning to question and think critically. I didn’t find God, God found me.” Abby used these words to describe her experience with Serving Christ in the World, a theological and vocational immersion program designed for current high school sophomores and juniors.
In this Youth in Mission (YIM) program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, students learn about God, themselves, and the world while exploring diversity, multiculturalism, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and local and global issues related to wealth and poverty.
Recommend young leaders apply for Serving Christ in the World
Do you know a young person like Abby? Perhaps a young leader in your congregation might benefit from this program? If so, please encourage him or her to apply for YIM’s next Serving Christ in the World, scheduled for June 16-30, 2012. Participants will engage in theological discussions, workshops, site visits, and worship at LSTC and will also travel to Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico for a six-day multicultural immersion experience.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December 2011. The final application deadline has been extended through March 16, 2012. To learn more about the program, visitwww.lstc.edu/yim.
Youth groups go Beyond Belief
“I always knew that everyone was meant to do something in their life and it was all part of God’s plan but now I see it more clearly that God has a calling for all of us and we all have different journeys for our vocations.” That’s what Megan, a high school student from Iowa, told her congregation following her youth group’s participation in YIM’s Beyond Belief program.
Beyond Belief connects church youth groups with Chicago area organizations for an urban service-learning experience that challenges youth to move “beyond belief” to faith in action. YIM provides low-cost housing in LSTC’s Youth Center, recommendations and contact information for organizations, and an opportunity to discuss vocation and seminary life with LSTC students. Youth group leaders and pastors can also design the program to fit their group’s spiritual and scheduling needs.
Summer months fill up quickly. Youth group leaders are encouraged to contact LSTC’s Youth in Mission office as soon as possible to reserve Beyond Belief summer 2012 dates.
Application and Registration Information
More information, including application and registration forms, is available on Youth in Mission’s website at: www.lstc.edu/yim. You may also call the Youth in Mission office at 800-635-1116, ext. 725, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Support Youth in Mission
More than 500 high school youth have participated in Youth in Mission programs, learning how God is calling them the serve in the world. Youth in Mission is made possible through a matching grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. If helping high school youth grow in their faith is important to you, please consider making a gift to Youth in Mission at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago today. For more information, please contact Kristin Johnson, Program Coordinator of Youth in Mission, at 800-635-1116, ext.725.
Program Coordinator, Youth in Mission
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.