2019 !Explore participants.

!Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth

!Explore gives young people in grades 10, 11 and 12 the chance to develop leadership gifts.

The theological program nurtures youth who are passionate about the church and who desire a place in it — youth who are asking deep questions and long to share their vision, energy and hopes. Through the Congregational experience and Group experience, participants engage the world of theological ideas and foster a call to vocation in the church.


About !Explore

  • Group Experience: During the 17-day Group Experience, youth worship, learn, experience and study. Participants become church with and for each other while exploring their own places in their congregations, in the worldwide church, and in the church they imagine for the future.
  • Congregational Experience: The Congregational Experience comes before, after or on both sides of the Group Experience. Participants serve in their congregation for 100 hours over a period of five or more weeks, working alongside their pastor in a mentoring relationship.

See details for the 2021 program! Applications are due Oct. 31, 2020. Up to 12 participants will be selected for the program.

!Explore gives thanks to our generous donors.

The Explore 2018 group participates in trust building exercises during their visit to Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Michigan. Credit: Jason Bryant

The Explore 2018 group participates in trust building exercises during their visit to Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Michigan. Credit: Jason Bryant.

Questions?

Contact the !Explore office
[email protected] • 574-296-6225

Andy Brubacher Kaethler, !Explore Director
Teresa Thompson Sherrill, Administrative Assistant

“!Explore was an experience that was very meaningful, very challenging and definitely worth it.” — Miguel Santiago, Souderton, Pennsylvania; 2018 participant

“!Explore was an incredible experience that laid the foundation for where I am today.” — Ben Bouwman, pastor, Walnut Hill Mennonite Church (Goshen, IN); MDiv 2017; 2005 participant