Mission: We identify the questions Christian teenagers are asking and being asked and then provide scientifically evidenced, historically accurate, philosophically astute, and Biblically faithful answers to those questions.
Vision: We envision a world where Christian teenagers leave home and enter college equipped with good reasons for their hope in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15) and "intellectual skepticism" is no longer counted among the top reasons young people are leaving the church.
Values: We Value…
Parents and Pastors Who Lead the Way. Parents and pastors should be the primary influencers in a young Christian's life. As a partnering ministry, we supplement your critical work of parenting and shepherding with specialized seminars, summer camps, and small groups.
Good Answers to Good Questions. It’s normal for young Christians to wrestle with doubts and questions. Conversely, it's normal for non-Christians to wrestle with doubts and questions. Unfortunately, many of them receive superficial answers at best and condemnation at worst. We're teaching students to see that loving God and loving each other includes “giving good reasons for the hope we have in Jesus.”
Intellectual Appreciation and Preparation. Most Christian teens enter the marketplace of ideas with little to sell or trade aside from their personal feelings and experiences. By embracing the objective truths of Christianity and rejecting anti-intellectual sentiments we're teaching students to love God in spirit and truth.
Conversations, Not Just Conversions. All Christians should be engaging in meaningful conversations with non-Christians. However, not every conversation leads to an instant conversion. Some plant, some water, and some harvest. We're teaching students to value planting and watering in addition to harvesting.
Culture Making. Christianity has, in many ways, lost influence in culture and has given way to anti-Christian advances in the sciences, the arts, economics, philosophy, etc. As Andy Crouch says, Christians seem to regularly condemn culture, critique culture, copy culture, and/or consume culture but rarely are we creating culture. We're teaching students to understand and value their roles as culture makers.
Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials, and Charity in Everything. We do not require our board, staff, speakers, or students to hold strict positions on secondary or non-essential Christian doctrines. We all adhere to the essential doctrines of Christianity, or "Mere Christianity" as C.S. Lewis put it, and we're teaching students to embrace unity with brothers and sisters of different Christian traditions.
God’s Role In Saving and Sanctifying. Supernatural convincing and convicting power comes from The Holy Spirit. However, God entrusts us with opportunities to participate in this mysterious process. We're teaching students to see that, in those moments, we should do our best to be good stewards of the truth.