Lubbock Christian University is proud to announce the establishment of the Vocati Institute: a Missional Youth Theology Institute made possible by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Vocati Institute will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experienced Christian leaders with high-school aged men and women to inform, prepare, and encourage them for lifetimes of theological exploration, spiritual discernment, and faithful engagement in their churches and communities. Vocati aims to create spaces where young people can go to cultivate their intellectual curiosity, explore deeper questions about God and faith, and make sense of their place and purpose in an increasingly complex, global world.
The Vocati team believes that every high school student wrestle with deep questions of theology. For this reason, we call all of our Vocati students “scholars” and each scholar must be nominated by a church mentor or leader. The nomination process confirms both for Vocati and the student that their spiritual mentor sees in them a readiness to engage in a theological rich discussion.
The Vocati Institute is a year-long program distributed into two components. The first component will occur towards the end of the summer when students attend a weeklong residency. The residency offers the students an intentional community of spiritual formation in which the group moves through a process of theological orientation, creativity, and embodiment. After the weeklong residency, the scholars develop a missional practice in which they discern God’s activity in their contexts and develop a theological norm that they will then embody as they live more intentionally into their context. The missional practice enables students to build upon their intensive experience with ongoing support, guidance, and connections with the Institute and the students’ congregational nominating sponsor. Scholars who complete the program receive a $1000 scholarship to LCU!