Since 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has funded dozens of
programs at seminaries and colleges to establish or sustain programs for high
school youth that will nurture young people in thinking about and practicing
the Christian life, and help them consider vocations in ministry. Princeton
Seminary received a $500,000 grant that brings together practical theologians
with some of the program directors of these high school theology programs.
Now in its
second year of the grant, the research team, with Professor Kenda Creasy Dean,
Princeton Seminary professor of youth, church, and culture, as project
director, has organized discussions with two goals in mind: to identify how the
teaching in these programs is informed by theology, and to discern what
theological schools can learn from the way these programs teach theology to
young people doing vocational discernment.
the meetings are completed, the research team is in the process of analyzing
the data and developing ways to share it. Team members from Princeton Seminary include faculty Gordon Mikoski and
Kenda Creasy Dean, and students Katherine Douglass, Christy Hearlson, Marcus Hong,
Nathan Stucky, Stephen Cady, Wendy Mohler, Ashley Coates, and McLane Stone,
with Kristie Finley acting as project manager.
past twenty years, these programs have had the freedom to invent a kind of
theological education from scratch, focusing on young Christian leaders who are
still discerning how to live out their faith in the world,” says Dean. “These
programs are helping us stretch our imaginations about what theological
education for the twenty-first century can look like.”
Find out more about Lilly’s Theological School Programs for High School Youth.
Pictured: Team members of the Lilly-funded High School Theology Seminar meeting at Princeton Seminary in early February.