summit-littleIn the summer of 2017, fifty high school students from a 350 mile radius of Southwestern College will gather on campus for the first annual Summit. Supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the goal of the Summit is to increase students’ theological understanding. The Summit aims to empower students who attend by connecting them with a network of religious leaders and scholars as well as college students and peers who share a deep desire for faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ.

We’re looking for students who want to make a positive impact on the local, national, and global issues of the day, and we believe we can empower students to make these impacts in three ways: 1) by providing a faith-building experience in the Wesleyan tradition, 2) by helping students discern their particular vocation within the wider call to Christ, and 3) by introducing them to ongoing ministries and service opportunities after high school. The first Summit is scheduled to be held July 23-29, 2017.

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Wendy Mohler-SeibRev. Wendy Mohler-Seib will serve full-time as the first Summit Director beginning July 1, 2016. Her duties will include recruiting top high school students from churches in the region to attend the Summit. Professors from the Visiting Scholars program will be back on campus to provide expertise on multiple aspects of the Wesleyan tradition. Members of Southwestern’s own community will also provide leadership and support to the Summit.

The continuation of this program depends on building a base of financial support apart from the Lilly Endowment’s funds.  If promoting a Wesleyan theological perspective among young people is near to your heart, we’d value your support. Become a Friend of the Institute and learn how you can help.

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