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.
A Summer Theology and Leadership Retreat for High School Youth
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 2018 is Wild: Discovering God in the Untamed. Throughout the week, our experiences will emphasize the “wild” and “untamed” depictions of animals, weather, and landscapes in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament – and how those depictions influence understandings of who God is and God’s role throughout creation. We will spend plenty of time outside, around campus, and in the mountains to enhance our perspective, and dive deeper into God's abounding creativity! 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.