Asbury Launches Theology and Leadership Camp – Asbury University
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February 10, 2016

A new opportunity at Asbury University insists that high school students don’t have to wait to make an impact in church and society — they can be leaders today.

This summer, June 6-17, Youth Becoming Leaders: High School Christian Leadership and Global Transformation Institute (YBL) will challenge students to think clearly and compassionately and to lead effectively.

One of Asbury’s ImpactU camps, YBL is a two-week residential camp in theology and leadership. YBL is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are committed to Christ, leaders in their local communities, academically gifted and interested in exploring a call to ministry. A $125 fee covers room, board and activities for the two-week camp. Apply by March 15 at: asbury.edu/ybl

Dr. Brian Hull, professor of Youth Ministry at Asbury and project director for YBL, says the camp is an expression of Asbury’s confidence in the value of youth leadership, as well as a much-needed opportunity for hands-on leadership training.

“One of the things we know from research is that students who have opportunities to lead when they’re young step into those roles sooner as adults,” Hull said. “Asbury has a long tradition of believing in young people, and in a world that often doesn’t, it’s important that we stand in that belief.”

The theme for YBL this year is social justice. Alongside faculty mentors from Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, students will examine faith, social justice and the role of the church in global issues. Faculty will lead students through materials and research methods while grounding coursework in real-world leadership applications.

On the last day of the camp, students will complete a session with a mentor of their choice — either a pastor or another Christian leader — from their home community. After YBL is over, students will continue to implement what they’ve learned with some homework: a ministry project with their mentor.

“It’s pretty obvious that the world needs better leaders, and the church needs better leaders,” Hull said. “YBL is a way for Asbury to partner with the local church, helping raise up young people who are equipped to lead — not sometime far off in the future, but today.”

YBL is generously funded by a $600,000 grant by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

To learn more about YBL, visit: asbury.edu/ybl