*Due to the COVID-19 oubreak, Empower 2020 has been cancelled. Information about Empower 2021 will be coming soon.
Empower is a two-week summer program for high school students from urban areas, who demonstrate promise for ministry and leadership. The program is designed to develop theologically-minded youth and empower them. Alongside their mentors, they will be trained to act on their convictions and lead in their congregations, schools, and community.
High school students spend two weeks on Taylor’s campus. Empower faculty are drawn from Taylor University’s 15-member Bible & Ministry department, partner ministries, and are assisted by current Taylor students.
Empower is a 13-day summer institute for high school juniors and seniors. The program also includes resources and training for their hometown mentors. Students gather in a cohort surrounded by mentors and faculty. They participate in classroom and service learning experiences that spur on theological reflection and application.
Explore: Eight full days of training and education.
Encounter: Service-learning and leadership opportunities set up as immersion experiences take place at partner sites and through outdoor experiential learning venues. These opportunities provide practical application of leadership and ministry skills.
Engage: In collaboration with their mentors, students will prepare, practice, and critique a series of lessons or a ministry project, which they will carry out in their home congregations.
Each Empower student has a hometown mentor connected to a partner organization or church with whom they have an established relationship.
Mentors participate in training and help facilitate theological conversations and leadership development among young people.
ActSix, Elevate, Str8up, Dream Alive, Pursue Scholars, By the Hand, and Youth for Christ will identify key ministries and mentors in L.A., Chicago, and Indianapolis.
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