Living The Questions - Youth Theology Institute

Living The Questions - Youth Theology Institute Living The Questions, Bethel's Youth Theology Institute seeks to help high school students grow as truth-seekers and world-changers, through creating space for dialogue, reflection and service.

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08/27/2020

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In a parallel, pandemic-free universe, the Minnesota State Fair gates would be open, welcoming the masses, and you’d be able to stop by the Bethel booth to see our smiling faces and snag a water bottle. In honor of the first day of the State Fair, we are doing an Instagram *giveaway* for a Bethel t-shirt of your size. Check out our IG account (@bethelumn) for details on how to enter!

Bethel's Youth Theology Institute creates space for high school students to grow as Truth-seekers and World-changers thr...
08/25/2020

Bethel's Youth Theology Institute creates space for high school students to grow as Truth-seekers and World-changers through dialogue, reflection and service.

Youth Crew serves the local church by providing an evening or morning of free youth programming. We are looking for amaz...
08/17/2020

Youth Crew serves the local church by providing an evening or morning of free youth programming. We are looking for amazing Bethel Undergrads to join the Team!

O WHAT FUN WE HAD!! Remember the cookie challenge, kahoot, mafia, talent show, jeopardy . . .
07/31/2020

O WHAT FUN WE HAD!! Remember the cookie challenge, kahoot, mafia, talent show, jeopardy . . .

We invite you to partner with Minnesota Computers for Schools, as they seek to refurbish computers and raise funds to he...
07/28/2020

We invite you to partner with Minnesota Computers for Schools, as they seek to refurbish computers and raise funds to help address a very real need in Minnesota.

#everydayjustice

Do you have any unused computer equipment sitting around? Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is hosting a Tech Drive to support Minnesota Computers for Schools and is looking for unwanted computer equipment such as monitors, keyboards, laptops etc. to help students in Minnesota. Drives are taking place in the parking lots of their Roseville and St. Cloud locations today from noon to 5 p.m. to donate! Learn about more ways to donate, how Minnesota Computers for Schools keeps your information safe, and much more at affinityplus.org/tech-drive.

07/27/2020

Last month, we had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Korey "Xross" Dean about steps we can take to be advocates of justice . . . steps we can take to be Truth-seekers and World-changers. #TheTimeIsNow

#THROWBACK THURSDAYLiving The Questions could not happen without the amazing Bethel Students who serve on staff. Like ou...
07/24/2020

#THROWBACK THURSDAY
Living The Questions could not happen without the amazing Bethel Students who serve on staff. Like our post to say THANK YOU!!

07/20/2020

This year at Living The Questions, students created art projects that represented an injustice topic. On the last day of our program, students shared about their projects. Check out Lexie and Tranquil share about their projects!! #SundaySoundbite

Talking about Justice & Faith is important... but it's even more important to engage in acts of justice. Look at how the...
07/17/2020

Talking about Justice & Faith is important... but it's even more important to engage in acts of justice. Look at how these Living The Questions students engaged in service opportunitites during the summer program in June.

07/13/2020

You can't talk about justice without talking about someone's story! Check out what Professor Erik Leafblad said on this week's Soundbite Sunday.

#ThrowbackThursday  Remember the faculty we learned from at Living The Questions 2020?!
07/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday

Remember the faculty we learned from at Living The Questions 2020?!

07/06/2020

SUNDAY SOUNDBITE!!

Growing in our faith is a process of breaking down our "spiritual muscles" so that we can strengthen them.

#ThrowbackThursday Remember the people we met at Living The Questions 2020?!?!
07/02/2020

#ThrowbackThursday

Remember the people we met at Living The Questions 2020?!?!

Bethel's Youth Theology Institute received a Strategic Growth Award to develop Youth Crew.https://www.bethel.edu/news/ar...
06/30/2020
Bethel University Foundation Announces 2020 Strategic Growth Award Recipients | Bethel University

Bethel's Youth Theology Institute received a Strategic Growth Award to develop Youth Crew.

https://www.bethel.edu/news/articles/2020/june/strategic-growth-awards

Youth Crew provides a free evening/morning of youth programming for local churches. Contact [email protected] to get on the Fall calendar.

Share this post with you church or youth pastor!

In a time of uncertainty for many, the Bethel community continues to provide hope for the future. This June, the Bethel University Foundation announced the recipients of the 2020 Strategic Growth Awards, which will fund an initiative up to $50,000. This year, two recipients were chosen for their...

What a fantastic week of growing as Truth-seekers and World-changers through dialogue, reflection and service. Check out...
06/28/2020

What a fantastic week of growing as Truth-seekers and World-changers through dialogue, reflection and service. Check out what students had to say when asked to describe their experience at Living The Questions in one or two words . .

What's the best way to end a powerful week? CAMPFIRE! Even in a virtual setting, we ended the week with a virtual campfi...
06/27/2020

What's the best way to end a powerful week? CAMPFIRE! Even in a virtual setting, we ended the week with a virtual campfire.

Supplies Needed: tea candle, skewer, graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate.

Every night, we gather in small groups to reflect on the day. Shout out to the summer staff leading these groups. Shout ...
06/26/2020

Every night, we gather in small groups to reflect on the day. Shout out to the summer staff leading these groups. Shout out to the students who create the brave space to share!

06/25/2020

Day 3 began with a great discussion with Pastor Jason and Professor Erik! We just keep learning more and more about Biblical justice.

Students took steps to DO JUSTICE during our Day of Service today. An estimated 36 high schoolers participated in four d...
06/25/2020

Students took steps to DO JUSTICE during our Day of Service today. An estimated 36 high schoolers participated in four different service opportunities across the state of MN!

Day 3 - Thank you Pastor Laurel Bunker and Xross for sharing at Living The Questions. You shared from your heart and you...
06/24/2020

Day 3 - Thank you Pastor Laurel Bunker and Xross for sharing at Living The Questions. You shared from your heart and your experience. "Any change requires sacrifice. It requires a level of commitment. There will always be a cost." -Xross

This afternoon in the Justice Lab, students were allowed time to begin creating their pinatas (look at all that CREATIVI...
06/24/2020

This afternoon in the Justice Lab, students were allowed time to begin creating their pinatas (look at all that CREATIVITY). We are planning an art exhibit on Friday morning where students will share their art.

The evening Justice Jam created space for small group discussion and games.

Day 2 began with a spectacular Scavenger Hunt. Followed by an adventure from Toy Story to the Creation Story . . . where...
06/23/2020

Day 2 began with a spectacular Scavenger Hunt. Followed by an adventure from Toy Story to the Creation Story . . . where Pastor Jason challenged us to see God's posture toward humanity as blessing and abundance.

Then Professor Erik Leafblad laid a foundation for the importance of story. He said “When you talk about justice, you have to talk about stories.”

DAY 1•The afternoon was filled with a productive and fun time of students researching & brainstorming a topic of injusti...
06/23/2020

DAY 1

The afternoon was filled with a productive and fun time of students researching & brainstorming a topic of injustice during the Justice Lab.

In the evening, we met in small groups and played games. We hosted the first ever Living The Questions Talent Show!

06/22/2020

Today on Day 1 of Living The Questions: Justice & Faith, Pastor Jason Steffenhagen invited us to reflect on Romans 12:2 and Professor Heather Bren shared on how art can address injustice.

Living The Questions began this morning. After getting to knoweach other, Pastor Jason Steffenhagen invited us to reflec...
06/22/2020

Living The Questions began this morning. After getting to know
each other, Pastor Jason Steffenhagen invited us to reflect On Romans 12:2
and what it means for God to "re-mold" us. Then Professor Heather Bren
shared how art can address injustice and gave students their first
assignment for the Justice Lab. Check out the Instagram TV videos from both Jason & Heather to see what this morning consisted of!!

Starting on MONDAY, we will explore the theme of Justice & Faith. Check-out which Bethel faculty and staff will be leadi...
06/20/2020

Starting on MONDAY, we will explore the theme of Justice & Faith. Check-out which Bethel faculty and staff will be leading the exploration.



1- Jason Steffenhaggen, Campus Pastor
2- Heather Bren, Professor of Arts & Design
3- Erik Leafblad, Professor of Missional Ministries



2 DAYS!!!!

As we explore the theme of Justice & Faith . . . we invite you to take a moment to learn about Juneteenth. •••Check out ...
06/19/2020

As we explore the theme of Justice & Faith . . . we invite you to take a moment to learn about Juneteenth.



Check out this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mH0zi-hLVU



3 DAYS!!

This week, staff stuffed care packages to be sent to students. Packages were mailed on Tuesday . . . Did you get your pa...
06/18/2020

This week, staff stuffed care packages to be sent to students. Packages were mailed on Tuesday . . .
Did you get your package yet?!



4 DAYS!!!

Next week, students attending Living The Questions will choose one of four service opportunities to participate in.•••5 ...
06/17/2020

Next week, students attending Living The Questions will choose one of four service opportunities to participate in.



5 DAYS!!

Creating Space for high school students to grow as Truth-seekers and World-changers through dialogue, reflection, and se...
06/16/2020

Creating Space for high school students to grow as Truth-seekers and World-changers through dialogue, reflection, and service.

• 6 DAYS! •

• 7 DAYS •We are SO looking forward to seeing you all virtually next week!
06/15/2020

• 7 DAYS •

We are SO looking forward to seeing you all virtually next week!

From May 4th to May 8th, post a picture of yourself staying connected with people every day and tag @bethellivingqs to b...
05/04/2020

From May 4th to May 8th, post a picture of yourself staying connected with people every day and tag @bethellivingqs to be entered in a drawing. There a three separate prizes that can be won!

1. A free week of the Living the Questions summer experience!
2.$25 Amazon gift card!
3. LTQ water bottle and T-shirt!

Start thinking about who to be staying connected with!
#stayingconnected
#livingthequestions
#justiceandfaith

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What is Living the Questions?

The purpose of Bethel's youth theology institute is to provide motivated high school students the time, place, and tools to think theologically and discern God’s calling on their lives.

Program Goals


  • Develop skills to think theologically by exploring relevant questions raised by topics such as justice, science, and media

  • Gain understanding and appreciation for how God’s presence connects with human needs through service learning

  • Engage in reflective discussion to better understand one’s gifts and explore calling
  • 2019 Theme: MEDIA & FAITH

    2018 Theme: SCIENCE & FAITH

    2017 Theme : JUSTICE & MEDIA

    This 10-month leadership experience begins with a 7-day summer program at Bethel University and is followed by regular meetings with an adult mentor.

    Cost is $295.00 and covers housing, food, and all programming. Local congregations are encouraged to provide financial support. Double early-bird discounted cost is $245 through May 1. Early-bird discounted cost is $270 through June 1. Scholarships are also available.

    Students going into 10th, 11th or 12th grade who want to engage in deeper conversations about faith, science, and calling are invited to apply.

    For More Information

    Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 651.638.6117.

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