Supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment through the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), the goal of the Summit is to increase students’ theological understanding and ability to hear God’s voice. 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.

Throughout the week, students practice spiritual disciplines, attend lectures on the Wesleyan understanding of sacraments and grace, participate in elective classes, and take a gifts and interests inventory to learn how they can put their skills and passions into service to others.  They also hear from adults who live out their call outside of formal ministry settings and take two trips to Wichita to work with organizations who serve those in poverty in unique ways.

It’s not too early to apply or to nominate someone for the 2018 Summit! We’re looking for students who want to make a positive impact on the local, national, and global issues of the day.  The 2018 Summit will be July 22-28, 2018; forms for application or nomination can be found on the Summit website.

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Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib serves as the Summit Director. She recruits top high school students from churches in the region to attend the Summit and plans the week.

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.

In the summer of 2017, thirty-six high school students from a 350 mile radius of Southwestern College gathered on campus for the first annual Summit Youth Academy.

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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