Dr. Phillip Sherman teaches students during Expanding Horizons 2016

Expanding Horizons Students in a circle

Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST) is a Lilly Endowment-funded resource at Maryville College that strengthens youth ministry by offering educational programming that deepens theological investigation, builds leadership capacity, and fosters an intentional community of youth, youth ministers, and lay leaders.

In November 2015, Maryville College received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to establish Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST), a program that aims to cultivate youth leaders for the church and world by helping them discover and embrace the traditions of Christian faith, put their faith into practice, and explore – through the lenses of Bible study and theology – important questions of our time. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment's High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

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Expanding Horizons

A Summer Theology and Leadership Retreat for High School Youth

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EXPANDING HORIZONS is an annual residential summer retreat program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders designed to stimulate theological investigation while fostering community and building leadership capacity in high school youth by helping them discover and embrace the traditions of Christian faith and exploring, through the lenses of Bible study and theology, different responses to important contemporary questions.

The theme for EXPANDING HORIZONS 2019 is Created to be Creative!  Come join us as we explore what it means to be to live into our creative gifts.  We will work with Maryville College professors to help unleash our potential and discover who God created us to be. Click here to learn more!

Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST) also supports the Ministry and Church Leadership Certificate program at Maryville College by coordinating REL 249: Youth Ministry: Theory & Practice, a class for students who want to learn more about connecting with the complex spiritual lives of young people. Additionally, MAST supports the youth ministries of local denominational bodies and sponsors an annual lecture series. 

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