Academics - Tue, Jun. 27, 2017

Thanks to a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment, Wiley College will kick off its second Youth Theology Summit,  Running with the Giants, on July 15. The two-week summer residential institute   will engage high school juniors and seniors  from diverse backgrounds in theological study, worship activities, and service learning projects while discerning their call to ministry and lives of service.  The institute is designed to  strengthen students' ways of thinking and feeling about the place and relevance of religion in their personal lives as they explore questions abou their faith and the moral dimensions of everyday challenges.  The Institute is named for the John Maxwell book about heroes and heroines of the Bible; students will read the book during the program. 

Overview of Institute
During the week, students will take courses in Theology, Bible, Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Ethics. The scripture-based curriculum will bolster students' character, enhance their appreciation for diversity, nurture their spiritual growth and, otherwise, enable them to respond creatively and positively to the challenges that confront today's teenagers. In all the courses, students will be expected to ask questions and examine carefully their faith and faith practices. 

Service Learning
Students will explore their call to ministry by examining various ministry vocations.  Students will also complete a social service project in the local community.  They will also enjoy a number of recreational activities during the institute.  

Students will study with Wiley College faculty from the Religion Department, the Wiley chaplain, and local ministers.  

Registration/Selection of Participants: Students interested in attending the Theology Institute should contact Dr. Solomon Waigwa, Program Director, by phone at (903) 927-3347 or by e-mail at [email protected] . Students may also contact Ms. Shammia Williams, Program Manager, by phone at (903) 927-3314 or by e-mail at  [email protected] .

Fees:  There is no cost to attend the program.

Boarding and Accommodation: The institute will be housed at the Haywood L. Strickland Living Learning Center, a modern 500-bed facility with seminar rooms, wired study labs, and a grand lobby for games and movies.  Three daily meals will be served.