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High School Students Explore The Call at MNU

Students at The Call institute on MNU Campus Mall
Accent Fall 2017

Natasha Arnold had what she calls a once-in-a-lifetime experience at MNU’s first ministry leadership institute. Natasha was one of 87 high school juniors and seniors who attended The Call, a weeklong event in June, which included worship, corporate prayer, workshops, recreation and small group experiences led by professors, ministers and youth leaders. The goal was to help young people explore a call to ministry.

And that’s exactly what the institute did for Natasha, who says she now has a better understanding of what vocational ministry entails.

“The Call helped me understand the importance of community and how we need one another,” says Natasha, now a freshman ministry major at MNU.

“Everyone was very open and passionate for God. While none of us had similar stories, our differences truly made an impact on how we learned.”

Nick Sprague, also a freshman ministry major, says he is continually challenged to implement what he learned at The Call.

“I am not to be someone other than who God created me to be,” he says. “I am the ‘beloved child of God.’ That keeps me focused on who I really am and who I am called to be.”

Nick also stays in touch with friends and connections he made at the institute who will be helpful throughout his college career.

“I met speakers that have asked me to come out to their church and intern with them,” he says. “The Call is definitely a perfect place to build friendships and
connections with others.”

And, Nick adds, attendees won’t leave the same as they arrived.

“If you go with your heart and mind open, the experience would change you forever,” he says. “I was struggling with my calling to ministry and after The Call, I have not looked back.”

High school students from across the country can apply in January for the 2018 institute to be held June 4-8 at MNU. To view a 2017 highlight video, visit mnuthecall.org. The Call is supported by a Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative.

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