Supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment through the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), the goal of the Summit Youth Academy 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 (or ‘disciples’) 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.
Each summer, over thirty high school students from a 350 mile radius of Southwestern College gather on campus for the annual event. Since its beginning in 2017, the Summit has grown to include several retreats for Summit disciples during the school year.
It’s not too early to apply or to nominate someone for the 2019 Summit! We’re looking for students who want to make a positive impact on the local, national, and global issues of the day. The 2019 Summit will be July 21-27, 2019; forms for application or nomination can be found on the Summit website.
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.
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.