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Light in the World:
Becoming a Public Christian Leader

July 8-13, 2018

This year's Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) will equip young people to be leaders for mission in their congregations and communities. Participants will become skilled peer ministers, cross-cultural advocates, and community organizers. They will wrestle with the theory and theology of local missions as accompaniment in Jesus' name. This experience will empower participants to challenge and lead their congregations into their neighborhoods for the common good.

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Augsburg Youth Theology Institute is a summer program for young people in high school (9th-12th grades). It has been called “a year of spiritual growth concentrated into one faith-filled week.”

AYTI is a program that lets you put your faith into action-as we learn, pray, and play together on Augsburg’s campus, as we explore the city, and as we figure out together what God is calling us to do with our lives.

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Student Journals

Following every Youth Theology Institute, students share about their experience through essays they construct related to the particular theme. The essays are compiled into journals to be resources for the wider community.

"Church is not a simple place of religion and redemption to me, but a place and sense of community, to come together in our differences and diversity to become one in God's eyes."
-Peter Mckenzie


"Though it may not be an obvious commonality, queer people, Jesus, and communion are all connected by the notion of hybridity and the idea that hybridity applies to each of them."
-Kye Hobart


Student Journals

Youth Theology Institute Journal

Children, Youth, and Family Ministers

Our Theology and Vocation Fellows Program equips ministers to do theological and vocational reflection on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis with children, youth and young adults in their communities.

 Lois Campbell

"It gave me hope in the next generation of Christians. You hear all the time about how God hates, but at the camp I was just surrounded by people ready to debunk that and love everyone. Overall, the experience was something I wish everyone could experience."

Lois Campbell

2017 Participant

Ollie Kalthoff

"I loved meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning about new theologies and ways of thinking/viewing the world. Those new experiences meant a lot to me, and getting to do it with a great group of people was even better!"

Ollie Kalthoff

2017 Participant