Are you a leader in your youth group or community? Are you all about service and mission—and seek to make a positive difference in the world?

June 17 - June 30, 2018

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What is the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute (YeTI)?

YeTI is a two-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to become useful and effective servant leaders—and are ready to learn more about themselves in relation to God and God’s call on their lives. Over the course of two weeks, students will explore time-honored theological ideas, put faith into action through hands-on learning and community service, engage in a daily rhythm of prayer and worship and discover what it means to be a beloved member of God’s household. After engaging in this program, students will be better equipped to lead mission and ministry in their communities.

Click here for the Youth Theological Institute printable sheet.

Where will YeTI take place?

Week 1: Students will experience Pfeiffer University’s undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, N.C.

Week 2: Students will choose from one of three cohort learning sites – 1) Asheville, N.C. where leaders and participants will stay and serve in the Haws Creek community with our partner the Missional Wisdom Foundation; 2) Washington, D.C. where leaders and participants will study and serve with Wesley Theological Seminary and 3) Charlotte, N.C., where students and leaders will study and serve with Pfeiffer University’s sports ministry partners. 

While on campus in Misenheimer, students will stay in Pfeiffer’s residence halls. Pfeiffer University faculty and undergraduate and graduate students will serve as chaperones for all activities. For the entire experience, Safe Sanctuaries policies will apply and be followed.

Reunion Weekend: Students will return in fall 2018 for a “Rule Renewal” weekend. Details will be forthcoming.

What can I expect during a typical day?

Mornings provide time for dynamic group study of theology, new monasticism and eco-justice. Students will study Wesleyan theology and spirituality, and examine the many ways God’s creation intersects with the experience of daily living.

Afternoons feature experiential learning opportunities such as service projects, field trips, outdoor leadership training and more. Each day includes worship and experiencing a “rule of life” expressed through prayer, reflective scripture reading and a variety of hospitality and service opportunities

Who will lead YeTI?

Pfeiffer University’s faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students as well as alumni and personnel from related programs (i.e, General Board of Global Ministries, Foundation for Missional Wisdom) will be on site to lead programming and oversee activities. Rev. Sherri Barnes, YeTI director, and Dr. Doug Hume, associate professor of religion, will provide overall program oversight.

What is the cost to participate?  Generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc., makes it possible to offer the Pfeiffer Youth Institute for $300 per participant. Registration will open in early 2018.

Each YeTI attendee who later enrolls in Pfeiffer University as a full-time student is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship (renewable annually upon review).

Fill out our online application and then click here for online registration payment (begins early 2018) or here for a form for you to fill out and mail, if you prefer.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for our future events!


For more information contact Rev. Sherri Barnes, director, sherri.barnes@pfeiffer.eduor call (704) 463-3073.