WILMORE, Ky. — No one is too young to learn how to lead. That’s the premise of Asbury University’s Youth Becoming Leaders: High School Christian Leadership and Global Transformation Institute (YBL). A two-week theology and leadership camp, YBL equips high school students for Christian leadership and influence in their community and society (June 4-15). A two-week, grant-funded experience, YBL costs $360. Seats fill up early, so apply today!
YBL is open to high school students — rising high school sophomores through rising seniors — who are committed to Christ, leaders in their local community, academically gifted and sensing a potential call to full-time Christian ministry.
Madison Lewis ’21 attended YBL two different summers before enrolling at Asbury University. She said the camp was where she made the decision to become baptized and give her life fully to Christ. She values most the relationships she built and the leadership skills she gained during her experience.
“YBL isn’t just a camp — it’s a community, and this community follows you wherever you go,” Lewis said. “My closest YBL girls on campus still get together about twice a week in someone’s room to talk about our lives and what God is doing within us. Being included in the YBL community sharpened my leadership skills to where I am confident going into a leadership role as a teenager.”
YBL equips high school students for theologically guided living and discernment through immersion in Christian Scripture, theological texts, tradition, and community to lead and serve in a complex global society.
The theme of the 2017 camp comes from Luke 1:26-38 and 46-55, focusing on what it means for students to be “Godbearers”: people who have a relationship with Christ and represent Christ wherever they go.
Students will attend sessions taught by professors from Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, focusing on using their studies to lead change and to learn how to lead spiritual growth in individual and group settings. They also engage in a mentor relationship with someone from their home community. Each student receives an iPad for ministry research and presentations.
Workshops are held throughout the camp to help discern future vocations, learn from Scripture, theology, spiritual disciplines and missiology. Students participate in worship sessions with live bands and speakers from across the country, mission service learning opportunities, a trip to a monastery for 24 hours of Sabbath rest, challenge course activities, and joining together in Christian community.
The two-week camp kick-starts the Youth Becoming Leaders four-month program. During the camp, students work to design a ministry project for their home community and church. Students begin to implement their ministry projects in the weeks following completion of the camp.
“The world and the church need better leaders,” said Dr. Brian Hull, the program’s director and professor of Youth Ministry at Asbury. “We believe God is calling and working through young people. We believe young people are awesome, they want to wrestle with significant issues and find solutions and they can be leaders right now.”
— by Cathryn Lien ’18
To learn more about Youth Becoming Leaders and to apply, visit: asbury.edu/YBL.