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

Expanding Horizons

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 2021 is Evolve: Practicing Faith in a World of Science.  Come join us as we explore the classroom with Dr. Myer and the great outdoors with Dr. Crain and learn more about our creation, how it evolved, and how to care for it.  Visit here to learn more!

Additionally, the MAST program works with our denominational partner, the Presbytery of East Tennessee, to provide leadership training and faith development to equip young people with tools to face a vast and ever-changing world.  

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