Living Your Faith

High school students are invited to participate in the second annual Living Your Faith (LYF), a one-week campus experience hosted by Northwestern College June 24–29.

The faith and service “training camp” is for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years. “It’s for teens who take their faith seriously and want to spend a week with others who feel the same, exploring questions about God and the Bible,” said LYF director Daniel Den Boer.

LYF campers will spend time studying the Bible and theological ideas with Northwestern religion professors and students each morning and spend afternoons engaged in service and volunteerism in the region surrounding the college. They’ll also enjoy community entertainment and excursions in the evenings and get a taste of campus life while living in a Northwestern residence hall.

“It’s deeper than your average church or youth group experience,” says Josiah Jansen, Orange City, who participated in LYF last summer. Faith Tyrrell, from Marshalltown, Iowa, also attended. She explains the connection between the morning Scriptural deep-dives and afternoons spent in hands-on ministry: “In order to serve God, you have to know him.”

Living Your Faith costs $175; the fee covers all LYF expenses, including room, board, field trips, and access to Northwestern campus facilities and amenities. Living Your Faith is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. The Lilly Endowment funds initiatives aimed at giving young people opportunities to meaningfully engage their faith.