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 16 - June 19, 2019

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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 community.

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 several cohort learning sites, and the site locations will be identified in Fall 2018. In addition to Asheville (intentional community), Washington, D.C., (social justice) and Charlotte, NC (sports ministry), we are exploring a camping ministry leadership cohort as well as a Faith in the Arts cohort. Watch here for more details.

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. Rev. Sherri Barnes, YeTI director, and Dr. Doug Hume, associate professor of religion, will provide overall program oversight.

Online registration will begin in January 2019.

For more information contact Rev. Sherri Barnes at, 704-463-3073 or check us out on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.