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?
As a result of COVID-19, Pfeiffer will not hold the traditional summer program but will engage in intentional programming, rebranding, and recruitment. Opportunities to virtually gather as a YeTI community are forthcoming. The Institute will have a Fall Ministry Day (J2) on November 14th, to give the community an opportunity to experience YeTI for a day. The "Jesus x Justice" (J2) initiative gives participants a rigorous theological experience that includes engagement with ministerial leaders and preeminent religious scholars in the areas of social justice, leadership, eco-theology/climate change, and burgeoning theological topics that lie close to the heart of Pfeiffer and the rural church. Holding fast to Wesleyan tradition and theology, we will conclude the day sharing "at the table" in communion. YeTI will be holding informational sessions in the coming months, preparing for the Fall Ministry Day. For more information regarding YeTI, please contact Rev. Perry Washington, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverend Perry Washington Jr. is the Director of YeTI. In this role, he will develop and lead theinstitute's strategic plan, fundraising efforts, and daily operations. He will also join the department's stellar faculty. A native of the Mississippi Delta, Rev. Washington joins Pfeiffer after living in Metro Atlanta for seven years. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Morehouse College, an M.A. in Religion and Education from The Interdenominational Theological Center, and is completing a thesis for the Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He brings more than five years of professional experience in higher-ed administration, public policy, nonprofit leadership, legislative affairs, and ministerial leadership.
What is the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute (YeTI)?
"The mission of the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute is to develop disciplined, socially conscious [young] practitioners of the faith," says Rev. Washington. "YeTI holds the personal story of each participant in a sacred community while empowering them to return home and effect change. This institute seeks to radically embrace the work of intersectionality by bringing theological inquiry to social location through the analysis and contextualization of world events, international humanitarian issues, and marginalized/"disinherited" identities. Partnering with 29 congregations and 31 faith-based organizations, participants, mentors, and leaders engage in activities and discussions that serve to expand the participants' understanding of ministry and invites them to consider their future in ministry. Of these participants, six are now serving their communities in nonprofits, full-time Christian ministry, or are in seminary. At the heart of Pfeiffer's mission is servant leadership. As YeTI's mission seeks to be aligned with the mission of the university, our program equips youth with an embodied, responsive theology."
Where will YeTI take place?
Students will experience Pfeiffer University’s undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, N.C.
What can I expect during a typical day?
Mornings provide time for dynamic group study. Students will engage the Bible, Wesleyan theology, literature and church in the 21st century.
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 Church and Society, Missional Wisdom Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary), will be on site to lead programming and oversee activities. Dr. Doug Hume, associate professor of religion, will provide overall program oversight.
What is the Cost to Participate?
Generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc. make it possible to offer the Pfeiffer Youth Institute. Each YeTI attendee who later enrolls at Pfeiffer University as a full-time student is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship (renewable annually upon review).