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.

As COVID-19 continues to change life in Elkhart County and beyond, we are looking at what adjustment may still need to be made to the !Explore program for 2021. You can expect a further update about this in mid-March.

About !Explore

During the 17-day Group Experience approximately (July 13 – July 29, 2021; June 27 – July 13, 2022) the !Explore group will participate in robust content on campus as well as experiential learning opportunities off campus. Students may participate in the program in either or both summers. Applications are still being accepted.

Worship and prayer are the bookends of each day, offering new ways to connect to God. In between is time for reflection and activities that build relationships, develop leadership gifts and foster spiritual practices. Faculty, staff, seminary students and !Explore participants are conversation partners for the theological study that !Explore fosters. In-depth discussions about God, the Bible, culture and faith encourage participants to ask tough questions and exchange ideas with others who share a commitment to the church.

!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 flyers

“!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, Indiana); MDiv 2017; 2005 participant