ELCA Region Nine, annually offers an opportunity for serious theological study for outstanding high school students (who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade). It is a life-changing experience for many. The purpose of Bishop’s School is to provide in-depth exposure to solid theological thinking and inquiry by bringing together about 30 youth who will spend five days together with faculty from ELCA colleges and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and one of the bishops of ELCA Region Nine–this year hosted by Bishop Herman Yoos of the South Carolina Synod. The 2017 Bishop’s School will take place July 25-29 at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville, SC, and the application deadline is March 15.

What is Bishop’s School?
Have you ever wondered about God, the meaning of your life, or what it really means to be a person of faith? Are you trying to figure out what God might be calling you to do with your life? Are you still trying to understand what it means to be a Lutheran Christian? Then come to Bishop’s School, a five day learning opportunity for high school youth that includes seminary professors, pastors, seminarians, a community of peers, and a bishop-in-residence. There will be inspiring worship, engaging classes on theology, scripture, and church history, small groups for reflection and discussion, and service opportunities.

Since it’s beginning in 1992, hundreds of high school youth have participated in this life-changing event. It is hosted every summer by ELCA Region Nine, and one of the six bishops from Region Nine serves as bishop-in-residence.

Once nominations are received, leaders from ELCA Region Nine and Youth Ministry Synod Staff from across the region will prayerfully consider each nomination.

You, your bishop, and your nominee will receive notification as to whether or not your nominee has been accepted to the 2017 Bishops’ School by email and U.S. Mail around March 31st.

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Contact Tiffany Peters with the Region Nine office >>


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