Living Your Faith (LYF) is a one-week “training camp” for high school students who've finished their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years. You’ll participate in daily discovery, worship and service together—in community. You’ll learn about the Bible, Christianity, spiritual disciplines, and how to be a brave and faithful Christ-follower in a world that mocks, ignores and yet desperately needs Jesus. LYF is for you if you:
Discovery. Spend a week getting to know God better and figuring out how your story fits with God’s epic narrative. Through learning, service projects and mentorship by theological scholars, you’ll explore whether your next chapter is preparing for church leadership or a career in the ministry.
Community. Live on Northwestern’s campus in Christ-like community with other LYFers and college mentors. Your mentors will share the stories of their spiritual journeys. And relationships built during your weeklong campus experience will be intentionally sustained throughout the next year through social media connections.
Service. LYFers will have the chance to serve off campus in diverse settings, including community churches, nonprofits and other organizations that serve children, youth and adults who are poor, marginalized or otherwise vulnerable.
For maximum exposure to and benefit from the LYF curriculum and activities, participants are required to remain on campus overnight. LFYers will stay in North Suites on the campus of Northwestern College with NWC religion students as their dorm counselors. North Suites rooms accommodate 2 to 4 campers; each suite has its own bathroom. LYFers should bring their own towels and bedding to fit an extra-long twin-size bed. North Suites is air-conditioned. Meals will be provided by Sodexo, Northwestern’s food service provider, and served in the DeWitt Cafeteria on campus. Some meals may be off campus. All meal costs are covered by your registration fee. LYFers will also have access to other NWC facilities, including the DeWitt Learning Commons and the Rowenhorst Student Center/DeWitt Fitness Center.
Your registration fee covers all your LYF expenses—including housing and meals and travel to off-campus service sites—and needs to be paid in full when you register to secure your spot. Registration is limited to 30 participants. If you cancel your registration before May 1, you will be refunded all but a $50 administration fee; there are no refunds after May 1. You may want to bring spending money for trips to the Northwestern College bookstore as well as for shops, restaurants and entertainment during evening excursions into the Orange City community.
A modern small town with Old World Charm, Orange City is a delightful place to visit for the whole family. Shop our Dutch-fronted downtown stores. Enjoy our restaurants. Stay overnight in one of our area hotels. Learn more by visiting the Orange City website.